Phantasm Sphere | Limited Edition

 Product Details

Product Type
DVD

Origin
United Kingdom

UPC/EAN/Barcode
5060020624483

Distributor
Anchor Bay

Contents
» 5 Discs
» Limited Sphere Box
» Plastic display stand
» Booklet
» Cardboard Box

Limitation
25 000 copies

Out of Print
Yes

Still in Collection
Yes

Purchased At
www.play.com


 Disc 1

Contents
» Phantasm (movie)
» Audio commentary by director Don Coscarelli and actors Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm and Bill Thornbury
» Introduction by Angus Scrimm
» Behind the Scenes (19 min 59 sec)
» Deleted Scenes
» Cast & crew biographies
» Theatrical trailer

Type
DVD, R2, PAL

Picture
1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio
English DTS 5.1
» English DD 5.1
» English DD 2.0 stereo

Subtitles
English HoH


 Disc 2

Contents
» Phantasm II (movie)
» Audio commentary by director Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister
» Fangoria TV spot with Angus Scrimm (9 min 56 sec)
» Photo gallery
» Cast & crew biographies
» 3 TV Spots
» Theatrical trailer

Type
DVD, R2, PAL

Picture
1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio
English DTS 5.1
» English DD 5.1
» English DD 2.0 stereo

Subtitles
English HoH


 Disc 3

Contents
» Phantasm III : Lord of The Dead (movie)
» Audio commentary by actors Michael Baldwin and Angus Scrimm
» Photo gallery
» Cast & crew biographies
» Theatrical trailer

Type
DVD, R2, PAL

Picture
1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio
English DTS 5.1
» English DD 5.1
» English DD 2.0 stereo

Subtitles
English HoH


 Disc 4

Contents
» Phantasm IV : Oblivion (movie)
» Audio commentary by director Don Coscarelli and actors Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister
» Cast & crew biographies

Type
DVD, R2, PAL

Picture
1.85:1 Anamorphic

Audio
English DTS 5.1
» English DD 5.1
» English DD 2.0 stereo

Subtitles
English HoH


 Disc 5

Contents
» Phantasmagoria documentary (97 min 39 sec)
» Greg Nicotero: The Gory Days (21 min 6 sec)
» Phantasm: Genesis (20 min 27 sec)
» Reggie's Phantastic Tour (16 min 11 sec)
» Phandom (17 min 53 sec)

Type
DVD, R2, PAL

Subtitles
English HoH


 Movie Details

Short info
Original Title: Phantasm (1979)
Directed by: Don Coscarelli

Short info
Original Title: Phantasm II (1988)
Directed by: Don Coscarelli

Short info
Original Title: Phantasm III : Lord Of The Dead (1994)
Directed by: Don Coscarelli

Short info
Original Title: Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998)
Directed by: Don Coscarelli

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 Video Review

 Discjunkie's Comments

Packaging / Design

I actually got this box set without having even seen the Phantasm films. Because to me this box was just THAT bizarre and cool looking that I figured "Hey, this thing's got to be on my shelf, it's to weird to pass up!". And so it came to be that I actually got to see the Phantasm series once and for all. However, enough about that, let's get down to business and have a look at what this sphere is really all about.

The box may look like a rough little nugget but it's actually quite the oposite. The thing is featherlight (!) - I actually felt surprised opening my giant package and actually finding something inside. But then again, there's not much alot of heavy material included here; we got the discs, the plastic sphere and half a ball of foam-padding. Just imagine a very big piece of christmas decoration, then you might get an idea of how light this thing actually is.

Also included with 'the ball' is a small plastical stand made from clear plastic. This is a very nice and simple complement which allows the sphere to be put on display with virtually no visual disturbence from the stand itself. And not only that, this cup-like stand also makes it easy to position your set in any angle you see fit - pure genious using simple ideas!

The sphere comes apart with no locking mechanism of any kind, which is a bit sad as it tends to feel a bit fragile if it should ever drop. My cat manage to swipe mine down from a bookshelf about 2 meters up and I thaught this was the end of that set. However, the thing didn't crack or shatter like I feared. It came apart and discs flew every which way but the dome was pretty ok apart from a few minor scratches. Given the lightness of the ball it's a bit of a risk to keep at a high shelf as it's easy to just knock it down by accident.

The 'knife-stuff', or whatever, coming out of the ball are also made from plastic. These are delivered on the side and are easily put on or taken off if you feel like it. The structure is however quite delicate and so the little 'hinges' (???) or whatever might be the thing that you're most likely to damage, should you ever drop it.

To summarise; this set is a surprisingly goodlooking set even though it's probably extremely cheap to manufacture. I guess it's just one of those brilliant designs that look really good yet on the counterpart just handle a bit oddly. All in all, the Phantasm Sphere is a genious-like look for this little saga set and a very noteworthy set, though fragile it may be. Straigt A's on design but a few warning stickers for fraighlty.


Disc contents / Extras

Being a bit of a cult-relic I was surprised by the material they pulled out for the extras in this little box. First off each film comes with it's own commentary track. As usual the latter (and less popular) films of the series tend to drain a bit on the supplement side but there's still a lot of good stuff here.

Apart from deleted scenes, a couple of introductions by 'The Tall Man' and the commentary tracks, the 'movie discs' haven't got a lot to offer. But that's when you start counting your discs and realize that there's actually FIVE of them (!), and happily discover that most of the bonus stuff has been jammed onto a dvd of their own.

Coming up first is the quite lengthy Phantasmagoria documentary which runs as long as 97 minutes in total (!). It cover's a lot of ground and chronicles a bunch of aspect from each of the 4 films.

Reggie Phantasic Mystery Tour is a humerous little sightseeing-thing lead by Reggie Bannister. He goes around to different places seen in the saga and talks about the films and such. This is a quite interesting featurette but it stops a bit short when the credits start rolling after about 16 minutes. I'm just surprised they didn't make this into something larger. Hmm, another strange little nugget in the rock-foundations of the phantasmical Red Planet.

Moving on we get to something called 'Phantasm : Genesis'. This featurette is made up from old behind the scenes footage and runs for about 20 minutes. It focuses mainly on the stunts and more gory effects-shots scene in the films and shows a lot of interesting 'off camera' stuff for anyone who's interested in it.

Greg Nicotero: The Gory Days is a 20 minute long featurette with Greg Nicotero. It mixes new interview footage with old behind the scenes stuff focusing on gore effects and a lot of make-up stuff; masks, molds, puppets and such. This feels a lot longer than the previous Genesis featurette and seems to give a lot more details about a lot of the same subjects.

Finally, Phandom, which runs for about 18 minutes, takes a look at the fans and the following of the Phantasm films. It's a mixed bag of interviews, behind the scenes and convention-type footage and it wraps it all up pretty nicely. And so, I give it an 8 out of 10 for including pretty much everything you want out of a supplementary bag. It's just a nice package, folks! Plain and simple.


Sidenotes

This release is also availble as a "regular" edition, featuring the same 5 discs in a digipack instead of a sphere.


 Visitors Comments

Posted 2010-03-03 (14:06)

Hey John. Sorry but as this release is only encoded region 2 it will not play on an american player, unless you have a region free player that is.

John P. Goodman | Location: USA Posted 2010-03-02 (17:33)

Hello - The Phantasm 5 disc sphere limited editon box set region 2...will that play in the USA? I am looking to buy this but want to make sure. Thanks...John

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