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De Palma's PHANTOM (1974) Original Version Restoration *released*

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Immediately prior to the release of Phantom of the Paradise, Director Brian De Palma and editor Paul Hirsch were obliged to remove from the film most references to “Swan Song Enterprises”, Swan’s record company, because of the similarity of the name to that of a real-life record company. The edits were made hastily, and marred the look of the film. 

Now, after 40 years, fans can finally experience Brian De Palma's PHANTOM like never before.


This version utilizes the original footage salvaged by the Swan Archives, transfered from 35mm to HD and meticulously restored, and aims to present the film to the way we believe it had looked prior to these last-minute mutilations. All the deleted footage was enhanced and color-corrected to match the rest of the film. Some of the original audio and soundtrack cues that would have matched the deleted footage have never been found, and had to be recreated and mixed with the original 1974 stereo mix, preserved from a lossless source. By comparing this version to the theatrical release, we can see how the movie was (ironically, given the film’s story) disfigured against its creators’ wishes, to suit the whims of corporate rightsholders.


This unofficial HD recreation of the director's cut was restored for Brian De Palma, whose perfect film should have never been mutilated by those greaseballs.


ALTERATIONS / RESTORATIONS
- Original 1974 uncropped "20th Century Fox"™ logo restored.
- Original "Brian De Palma's PHANTOM" title restored.
- The Swan Song marquee/Winslow in front of the Magestic scene is fully restored.
- The transitory "Dead Bird" logo has been deleted.
- Restored extened shot: the "Swan Song Plaza" street sign is reinserted.
- Uncut scene: Winslow meets Swan's greasers in the hallway.
- The uncropped "Swan Song" rolodex shot has been restored.
- The greasers kick Winslow out / Restored "Swan Song Enterprise" sign.
- Alternate/uncut footage of Winslow barging in Swan's office.
- Full length unaltered shot of the "Swan Song" black boxes at Swan's factory.
- Uncut footage from inside Swan's vault 1
- Uncut footage from inside Swan's vault 2
- The camera during the montage scene (Beauty & The Beast) is reinserted
- All the Dead Bird vs. Swan Song logos during the airport scene have been fixed.
- Alternate "Swan Song" footage of Winslow spying on Swan from the rooftop.
- Extended scene: Winslow explores Swan's vault and finds the contract.
- Extended scene: Swan arrives at the Paradise.
- Swan's video contract: all the dead bird logos are now fixed.
- The video player's logo during Swan's contract scene is fixed.
- Swan Song logo restored on the multiple monitors (3 shots + during end credits)
- Bill Finley dedication added after the end credits

* All the alternate footage in this new restoration is HD-sourced and untagged.

SD [360p]
Video : h264 | 640x360 | 1.85:1 A.R. | 23.976fps | 900 kb/s.
Audio : English | original sound mix 2.0 | AAC 255k. 
Runtime : 01:33:08
Format : mp4
Size : 770 mb
Release date : July 4, 2014 (on TPB + DD)

HD [720p]

Video : h264 | 1280x720 | 1.85:1 A.R. | 23.976fps | 8.700 kb/s.
Audio : English | original sound mix 2.0 | AAC 338k. 
Runtime : 01:33:08
Format : mp4
Size : 5.9 gb
Release date : July 4, 2014 (on TPB + DD)

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Blame Led Zep.

"Right now the coffees are doing their final work." (Airi, Masked Rider Den-o episode 1)

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Does anyone have this restoration in 1080p? Dr. Sap doesn't have a link for download anymore.

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Any differences for this compared to these three Blu-ray disc releases?
How about a BD25 of this version? Movie-only would be fine.

Blu-ray ALL America - Shout! Factory
Scream Factory, Collector’s Edition
Extras:
DISC ONE (Blu-ray)

  • The Film
    Audio Commentary with actress Jessica Harper, actor Gerrit Graham, and The Juicy Fruits (Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor, and Harold Oblong AKA Peter Elbling)
    Audio Commentary with production designer Jack Fisk
    "Brian De Palma Backstage at the Paradise" interview (33:07)
    “Paul Williams Soul Inspiration” interview (34:54)
    “Behind the Mask with Tom Furman” interview (4:09)
    Alternate Takes (26:21)
    Swan Song (Outtake Footage) (7:27)
    “Still Gallery” slideshow (13:50)

DISC TWO: Special Features (DVD)
“Paradise Regained” documentary (50:10)
Interview with Paul Williams moderated by Guillermo del Toro (72:16)
Interview with costume designer Rosanna Norton (9:34)
Interview with Producer Edward R. Pressman (19:03)
Interview with drummer Gary Malaber (17:05)
“Alvin’s Art and Technique: A Look at the Neon Poster” featurette (11:36)
“Phantom of the Paradise Biography by Gerrit Graham” featurette (9:32)
“William Finley and Toy” featurette (0:33)
Radio Spots (2:34)
TV Spots (5:19)
Theatrical Trailers (5:07)
Still Gallery
Subtitles:
English
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1
Picture Format:
1080p 24fps AVC MPEG-4
Soundtrack(s):
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
Case type:
2-Disc Keep Case
Notes:
All extras on disc 1 are in 1080p.
Initial releases featured an audio error on the first commentary in which there’s a brief overlap of separately recorded comments by Jessica Harper and Gerrit Graham around 71:06. It only lasts a few seconds though.
Comes with a slipcase and reversible artwork.

Blu-ray B France - Carlotta Films
Limited Edition
Extras:
DISC ONE (Blu-ray)

  • The Film
    "Paradise Regained" documentary (52:20)
    Guillermo Del Toro interviews Paul Williams (72:21)
    “The Swan Song Fiasco” featurette (11:26)
    Archive interview with Rosanna Norton (9:36) (1080i 60hz)
    “William Finley on the Phantom Doll” featurette (0:36)
    “Paradise Lost and Found” deleted scenes (13:40)
    “Brian De Palma Backstage at the Paradise” interview (33:08)
    Introduction from Gerrit Graham (0:51) (in French)
    Karaoke Tracks
  • Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye (3:33)
  • Faust (3:19)
  • Special to me (Phoenix audition) (2:36)
  • Phantom’s theme (Beauty and the Beast) (2:46)
  • Old Souls (2:43)
  • The Hell of It (4:22)
    Radio Spots (2:27)
    Theatrical Trailer 1 (2:19)
    Theatrical Trailer 2 (1:08)

DISC TWO & THREE (DVD Copy)
Subtitles:
French (optional)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1
Picture Format:
1080p 24fps AVC MPEG-4
Soundtrack(s):
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
French DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0
Case type:
Special Case
Notes:
Extras are in English with optional French subtitles except where noted.
Extras are in 1080p except where noted.
Ultra collector edition n°6 - limited to 3000 numbered copies.
Includes a 160 page book entitled “Dr. Brian and Mr. De Palma” with the number printed on a paper bookmark.

Blu-ray B United Kingdom - Arrow Films
Extras:
Isolated Score and Effects Track
"Paradise Regained" documentary (50:12)
Guillermo Del Toro interviews Paul Williams (72:21)
“The Swan Song Fiasco” featurette (11:24)
Archive interview with Rosanna Norton (9:37)
“William Finley on the Phantom Doll” segment (0:34)
“Paradise Lost and Found” deleted scenes (13:38)
Gallery
Radio Spots (2:27)
Theatrical Trailers (3:27)
Subtitles:
English HoH
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1
Picture Format:
1080p 24fps AVC MPEG-4
Soundtrack(s):
English DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0
English LPCM 2.0 Stereo
Case type:
Keep Case
Notes:
Also available in steelbook packaging.
Comes with a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned and a collector s booklet featuring a new writing on the film by festival programmer Michael Blyth and an exploration of the films troubled marketing history by Ari Kahan, curator of SwanArchives.org, illustrated with original stills and promotional material.

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