Out now restored and looking great on Blu-ray is the1925 silent classic Phantom Of The Opera (Image). Based on Gaston Leroux's book, Lon Chaney plays the hideously disfigured man who haunts the Paris Opera House. Mary Philbin plays Christine, the aspiring singer the phantom takes a shine to. Chaney created his own makeup (often causing him great pain) and the grinning, skull-like, visage caused audience patrons to faint in theaters at the time. This restoration includes the color "Bal Masque" sequence too. Also out is Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 paranoid thriller The Conversation (Lionsgate), with a brilliant performance by Gene Hackman as a loner and sound man who suspects a conversation he captures between a couple (Frederic Forrest and Cindy Williams) involves him in a murder plot. The film is a great character study with a killer ending. Before Peter Jackson involved himself with hobbits he made this 1992 outlandish splatter horror comedy, Dead Alive (Lionsgate). Set in the 1950s, it's about a young man whose mom has been bitten by a Sumatran rat monkey at a local zoo. She transform into a pus-oozing predatory monster and her son keeps her locked up, but she keeps infecting others and soon there's a cellar full of zombies including a mutant baby. By the end, Lionel is fighting them off with an upended lawnmower in this gory, funny, crowd pleaser.
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