The 6-Disc Phantasm Box Set will arrive in the USA the day after tomorrow (April 11th), so I’m dubbing this Phantasm Week! Check back often for articles featuring retrospectives, trivia, and rare videos. If you’re getting ready to revisit the entire Phranchise from the beginning (like I am) it’s the perfect time to bone up on core Phantasm mythos. A hallmark of the series, launched by Don Coscarelli in 1979, is its nearly mind-boggling complexity.
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Even hardcore Phans struggle with the series’ many metaphysical elements, and Ravager, the 5th installment directed by David Hartman, went completely interdimensional. While this gives the Phranchise incredible depth and subtext, allowing for numerous interpretations, it also makes some of the concepts explored extremely opaque.
The folks at FoundFlix have put together an amazing video that will clarify the chaos, providing even veteran Phans will a solid framework of Phantasm’s entire universe. Also explored: The origins of The Tall Man (Angus Scrim) and whether Mike (A. Michael Baldwin) has been groomed to be his replacement. At 15 minutes, you won’t likely find an examination that’s both this thorough and concise.
And check out the trailer for the Phantasm Box Set below.
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Per last week’s press release:
In addition to previously released archival material, Coscarelli has produced hours of new bonus material featuring new interviews with cast and filmmakers, as well as never-before-seen archival materials. The material is interspersed throughout the discs, plus a sixth disc featuring additional new and archival bonus materials. Included with the collection is Phantasm Compendium, a 120-page book featuring exclusive interviews and rare, behind-the-scenes photos chronicling the history and impact of the franchise, plus a 21” x 27” reversible poster featuring the iconic original artwork.