I thought it was the Chaney one. Well, never mind, I would much rather have SoF (which as I have said, I think is my favorite) as it is much more significant for the creation of Ygor than anything that Phantom film has done. That being said, it could've been worse. Could've been that Shumacher film. Yikes.
Hahaha! Now that film was truly terrible! But, no, this is definitely the Claude Rains version from 1943.
Yes. And that is precisely why Universal uses the Rains version.
Well no one would be aware of it if Universal didn't keep including it in collections like this.
They can include it. They can even charge me for it.But they can't make me watch it.
Excellent point lolIt just seems like a silly move, especially since its a film they can add for free.I wouldn't even mind if they just made it a bonus feature like I think Spanish Dracula is (on the same disc as Dracula, I mean). At least that means we'd get it as part of the collection.
I've always felt that the Chaney version should be included in these types of releases as well. But the folks at Universal like this Rains version so much that I guess they don't want to show people what a REAL Phantom movie looks like.
I really do wonder if Universal cares nothing for these classic films (or brands for that matter), and only cares for the remake potential...
I just hope that we get an Essential Collection Vol 2 featuring the Dracula, Frankenstein, and Wolfman sequals and a Vol 3 featuring the Mummy, Invisible, and Creature sequals.
Not a bad idea
I don't understand why people are so surprised that the Phantomnis the Claude Rains one. This is basically the same set they released in 1999 but just highly upgraded. It is exactly what the title says it is. It is the Essential collection. The sequels are "nice to haves" but these are "need to haves," hence the title The Essential Collection. Also the Rains Phantom has its moments, like when he came out of the lady's closet. That was pretty creepy.