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The Swan Archives has attempted to obtain and catalogue an example of each item of historically significant Phantom-related officially licensed merchandise.

Fortunately for us, there isn't very much of it. Especially if you ignore (as we do) all those stupid home made Death Records refrigerator magnets, gumball rings, lighters, pillowcases, and wall clocks.

Here's what we've found so far...we're always on the lookout for more.

Promotion copy of vinyl soundtrack album from A&M Records
Rarely seen in the wild, this is the soundtrack album still in its shrinkwrap.
Standard-issue vinyl soundtrack album from A&M records
Starting in early 1975, the soundtrack was distributed with the Corben art on a sticker affixed to the shrinkwrap, to conform to the revised marketing campaign's key art, discussed in detail on our Promotion page.
45rpm "Old Souls," by Jessica Harper from A&M records (this one's a promo copy)
45rpm "Somebody Super Like You," by Harold Oblong and The Undead from A&M records (this one's a Canadian promo copy)
Exceedingly rare British promo single, with Jessica Harper doing "Old Souls" on one side, and Paul Williams doing "The Hell of It" on the other.
45rpm EP from Thailand, with four songs from the movie, from 4Track records
45rpm EP from Thailand, with four songs from the movie, from Express Songs
In 2015, Music on Vinyl released a limited edition (1,000 copies) of the original soundtrack on 180 gram pink colored vinyl. As far as we know, it's not in any way remastered; it's just pretty.
What could be more '70's than a Phantom 8-Track?
How many of these did you wear out?
Standard issue 1992 North American CD from A&M Records
Remastered Japanese CD, issued 2002
Nashville-based Culture Factory USA released this remastered version of the soundtrack in late 2011, in a limited edition of 3,000 copies. They've made the CD look like a vinyl album, which is a nice touch. The album cover is an exact duplicate of the Canadian edition of the original LP, and the disc itself is in a white inner sleeve; there are no other inserts or "extras", which is consistent with how the album came originally. To us, this CD has a much fuller, punchier sound than either the standard issue North American CD from 1992 or the Japanese remaster from 2002. This is definitely the best available version of the soundtrack, unless you're one of those weirdos who thinks the pops, clicks, and crackles that accompany music played from vinyl add "authenticity".
Scream Factory's Bluray/DVD set, with an official street date of August 5, 2014 (but which was actually shipped to early preorderers a couple weeks before that) is without question the most comprehensive home video release of Phantom to date. Although some sellers are referring to the package as a "combo pack," which usually means that you get the film in both bluray and DVD formats, the DVD on the Scream package is used for overflow supplemental material; the feature is on the bluray only.

Our Principal Archivist was deeply involved in the creation of this set, co-producing and co-directing most of the new supplements (the De Palma interview, the Williams interview, the Pressman interview, the Alvin interview, the Swan Song featurette, and the commentary tracks), so readers should consider that we may not be the most objective source of information on this one. That said, we'd like to call out Greg Carson, the other co-producer/director on the project, who, we think, did a fantastic job, in a very short time, and exercised phenomenally good taste throughout. Greg is a total pro-fess-yuh-nal, and an absolute pleasure to work with at all times. He has production credits that take an hour just to read through, and, to the extent you like the supplements on this disc, a tremendous amount of the credit for that belongs to Greg.

The master used for the feature was provided by Fox, and is the same one as was used for Fox's DCP package in 2012 (which is still the version you see in theaters), and was also used by Arrow for their release earlier in 2014. Arrow used the Fox transfer without modification. Aware of consumer dissatisfaction with the Arrow transfer (in particular, how yellowish some thought it to be), Scream's Cliff MacMillan spent some time tweaking the color (away from yellow and towards pink, it appears to us) and, we believe, the brightness as well. On this disc, as with the Arrow, the detail is better than on the French disc from Opening (discussed further down below), but many still prefer the Opening version for its softer contrast (which, we would have to agree, probably looks more like we remember the film looking from our childhood). Ultimately, the choice between the Opening, Arrow and Scream transfers will come down to a matter of taste for most, but we strongly believe that the Opening, with respect to both colors and contrast/grading, best represents the way the film looked when shown theatrically on release.

For audio on the Scream package, you have your choice of DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit), both in English. There are no foreign language audio tracks, and subtitles are only in English for the hard of hearing (though, be warned, a lot of the subtitles, particularly the lyrics to the songs, are just completely wrong). And, unlike the Arrow disc, there's no isolated effects and music track. There are, however, two new commentary tracks. The first has Jessica Harper, all three Juicy Fruits, and Gerrit Graham (with the Fruits (together), Harper, and Graham recorded separately in April of 2014, and mixed into a single track). The second (which is not mentioned on the packaging) is a full length track with production designer Jack Fisk (also recorded in April of 2014). There are some minor editing and mixing issues with the cast track, as the audio file pressed to the disc was not the final cut, but nothing that should detract from anyone's enjoyment. (Scream will be using the correct, final track if there are additional pressings.)

The disc also features new (April, 2014) interviews with Brian De Palma, Ed Pressman, and Paul Williams, as well as drummer Gary Mallaber, Andrea Alvin (about her late husband John's work on the Phantom style A poster and soundtrack cover art) and Phantom-helmet designer Tom Burman.

The package also includes the Paul Williams/Guillermo del Toro conversation (recorded in early 2014) from the Arrow disc, the "Paradise Regained" featurette that originally appeared on the Opening disc, a couple of still galleries, and the faux advertisement with William Finley for the Medicom Phantom doll that originally appeared on the Opening disc. (Unfortunately, the "Paradise Regained" featurette on this disc plays with a slight stutter all the way through, probably because of a glitch in the PAL to NTSC plays more smoothly on the Arrow and Opening PAL pressings.) But wait, there's more: (I'm running out of breath at this point) the "Carte Blanche" interview with costume designer Rosanna Norton from the Opening disc, various radio spots, tv spots and trailers (mostly from the Archives' collection), and audio of Gerrit Graham reading from the film's press kit.

Finally, Scream offers far more of the Swan Archives' outtake footage than appears on the Arrow disc, much of it arranged in splitscreens against the corresponding as-released footage, and provides a short featurette about the deletion of the Swan Song name (described on our Swan Song Fiasco page), the gist of which is similar to the "Swan Song Fiasco" featurette on the Arrow disc. Where Arrow used a narrator, the Scream version uses title cards to explain what transpired.

The Scream discs are Region A (bluray) and Region 1 (DVD) (North America/Japan), and cannot be played on European or other players, unless they're region-free. This one doesn't come with a booklet. Although the packaging says that the Swan Song footage and the alternate takes are on the DVD (which would put them in standard definition), they are actually in high definition on the bluray.
These four stickpins, mounted on cardboard and advertising Scream Factory releases, including Phantom, were given away as promo swag at San Diego Comic Con 2014.
Arrow Video's bluray for the UK/Europe/etc. market (region-locked for Region B, so you need either a Europe/UK/Greenland/Africa/Middle East/Australia/New Zealand bluray player or a region-free player to watch it) was released on February 17, 2014 in both Amray (above to the right) and their fancy limited edition steelbook packaging (front and back shown above on the left).

The discs are identical regardless of packaging. Until the Scream Factory edition came out later that same year, this edition included by far the most generous helping of bonus features on any Phantom disc to date, many of them produced with the Archives' involvement. New on this edition is a wide-ranging 72-minute discussion between Paul Williams and Phantom fan Guillermo del Toro (shot in del Toro's "mancave," Bleak House); selected outtakes and deleted scenes from the Archives' collection (in some cases side-by-sided with the as-released footage); a new featurette based on our "Swan Song Fiasco" page, scripted by our Principal Archivist and featuring the deleted and modified Swan Song footage; the Rosanna Norton "Carte Blanche" featurette, "Paradise Regained" featurette and "William Finley Pushes the Phantom Action Figure" featurette from the French (Opening) bluray (but now in 1080p and without forced subtitles); English LPCM 2.0 and English DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0 audio; an isolated music & effects LPCM 2.0 track (so you can listen to the music and sound effects without dialogue); and a fancy booklet that includes a condensed version of the Swan Archives' Promotion page, as well as an essay by film festival programmer Michael Blyth. There are also radio spots (again, from the Archives' collection), trailers (one from each campaign), and behind the scenes photos (mostly the Randy Black shots from the Archives' "Production" page).

The Arrow rendering of the feature is a transfer from a new master from Fox, which is not without controversy. Arrow encoded the transfer without modifying the color or grading from what Fox provided. Many feel that Fox's new transfer is too dark and contrasty as compared to the way the film "ought" to look. Indeed, Arrow made inquiries to Fox about the bold grading, but received no response.

We at the Archives don't claim any special expertise on this. To our eye, though, the darks seem deeper and darker than we're accustomed to, but it's hard to say whether our expectations and memories are dictated more by our experience in the theater in the '70s, or by subsequent home video viewings. In any event, very dark browns look black, and the whole palette of the film is farther towards yellow and away from pink than we think we remember.

On the other hand, the Arrow version looks vastly superior, to our eye, to any prior transfer, including the Opening versions, its nearest competitor, in terms of texture and detail.

So what's our advice to consumers? If all that mattered were the quality of the transfer, and its faithfulness to how we remember the film looking in the theater on its original release, we'd go with the Opening bluray from France. Overall, if the bonus features are taken into account, and despite the controversy over the darkness of the Arrow disc, we'd take the Arrow version over the Opening version, thanks to Arrow's more comprehensive set of bonus features, higher resolution and removable subtitles on certain features, and the isolated soundtrack...but we'd take the Scream Factory version over the Arrow. All that Arrow lacks, as compared to the Opening edition, is the Bob Sinclar music video (no great loss, in our opinion) and Gerrit Graham's (mostly French) introduction to the film. (Of course, as mentioned above, the Arrow disc will only play on Region B and region-free players, so exercise caution if you're outside Region B. That said, many region-restricted players can be rendered region-free through use of a "secret" combination of button-presses... try googling your player's make and model number and "region free" and see what comes up.)

Until the Arrow release, the best editions of Phantom on DVD and bluray had been those released by Opening, in France. Their original 2-disc special edition set came out in 2006, and is pictured above. It has 5.1 Dolby Digital and dts soundtracks, and it's got them in French and English, as well as standard stereo soundtracks. It's 16/9 enhanced, and has plenty of extras, the most significant of which is Deborah Znaty's superb 50 minute documentary featurette, Paradise Regained, which features interviews with Brian De Palma, Paul Hirsch, Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, Harold Oblong and Archie Hahn, Ed Pressman, and Larry Pizer. It's also got two different theatrical trailers; a ten minute "video postcard" from costume designer Rosanna Norton; a faux advertisement for Phantom action figures featuring William Finley; a short introduction to the film (in French) with Gerrit Graham; and Bob Sinclar's music video for "I Feel For You," which is a little homage to Phantom (and which can be viewed on our Themes page.)    Unfortunately, this set is marred by someone's mucking around with the dead bird matte, apparently thinking they could improve things. We'll explain: In the film, the bird matted over Swan's podium in Beef's airport unveiling changes a bit. When Swan is talking at the podium, the bird has one feather sticking out of its butt (or whatever birds use for a butt), and looks like this:
See how it has just one long feather sticking out of its rear end? Then, when the camera moves over for the reveal of Beef, a different bird matte is used. This one has an extra feather sticking out of the bottom end of its backside, like this:
The two bird mattes don't match, which is kind of ugly, but that's how the film was released. It's history. It's authentic. It's what we all saw when we experienced the film in the theater. But for the 2006 Opening edition, someone at Fox (Opening tells us they made no changes from the master they received from Fox) has taken it upon themselves to "fix" the bird in the second shot so that it more closely matches the bird in the first shot. Here's exactly the same moment, as it appears in the Opening DVD, and others that later used the same master (as discussed below) but, as far as we know, in no other versions in the world:
This is just really strange. We have no idea why Fox has masters that differ in this respect. Maybe Criterion will be able to sort it all out someday.
This Japanese blu-ray came out in November of 2013. The transfer is the same controversial one as appears on the Arrow disc, but because Japan and North America are both Region A territories, this one (unlike the Arrow disc) will play on standard North American blu-ray players. It has no extras, except for the same hodgepodge of clips that the old North American DVD edition tried to pass of as a "theatrical trailer," (see description of that disc below). The feature has only one audio track (English language DTS-MA), but two subtitle tracks (English for the hard of hearing and Japanese). The cover art depicts the Phantom singing into a microphone...but since he's mute, and can speak only through his electronic voicebox, we're not sure what a microphone pointed at his mouth is supposed to accomplish for him. We suspect that the person who drew the cover art (which is otherwise lovely, and printed on a sandpaper textured finish with spot gloss) hasn't actually seen the film.
This version is one of the twelve disks in the French "Le Cinema Du Monde" Series 8. It's basically Disk 1 of Opening's 2006 two-disc set, so it has the film in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS, with French and English soundtracks and optional French subtitles, and has Gerrit Graham's brief introduction to the film (in French), but lacks the extra features from disk two of the Opening set. Although marked as "Region 2," this disk is actually region-free, and in the PAL format. And, like the 2006 Opening disc, it has the incorrect bird matte.
In June of 2007, the French DVD set from 2006 described above was issued in a German version by Capelight Pictures. It's the same as the French version, except with German subtitles and German language soundtrack in place of the French. The incorrect bird matte from the French version has migrated to this German version, as well. Available from, among others.
In December of 2009, Opening re-released their 2006 DVD set with a better transfer of the film (in which the bird matte looks the way it's supposed to) in both DVD and bluray formats, pictured here. The bluray edition lacks the Sinclar video from the 2006 set and the regular stereo soundtrack on the film, but adds a new DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack and is of course in Hi Def. It's otherwise the same as the 2006 2-Disc set, with the extra features remaining in standard definition and PAL format, the upshot being that a North American (NTSC) bluray player can play the movie, but not the extras. The revised DVD is available in a 2-disc "Ultimate Edition" with all the extra features of the 2006 edition (including the Sinclar video), and in a single-disc edition, containing only the new transfer of the film and Gerrit's French introduction.

Although the Opening DVDs are marked with the Region 2 logo, they're actually region free; they are, however, in the PAL format, so they will play only on PAL-compatible DVD players. Highly recommended, though, as they look and sound infinitely better than the North American DVD.
The North American DVD, in addition to having less than perfect picture and no 5.1 soundtrack, is barebones; it doesn't even have the "theatrical trailer" its packaging claims it has. Instead, it has a random collection of clips that it's trying to pass off as a trailer. It's an embarrassment. Production of this DVD was discontinued in July of 2006, but it remains readily available for the time being.
Two variations of the cover on the standard European version.
Australian version, mate. This is the same video transfer as the North American version, but has only the English language soundtrack, no French audio track, and no subtitles at all. It has the same non-trailer as the North American edition, too.
Phantom is one of the discs in this 5 disc De Palma collection from France
Brazilian version; English language audio, with Portuguese, English, and Spanish subtitles. No trailer or special features, but check out the unique cover art featuring orgy-girl #6!
Greek version -- with Greek subtitles!
The Italian job.
Japanese version from 2002. We were hoping it would be dubbed in Japanese, but it's subtitled.
This Italian edition, from publisher Pulp Video, is completely unacceptable in civilized society, and the people responsible for it should be in prison. The film itself is presented with 2.0 stereo audio in Italian and English, with optional Italian subtitles, and is a copy of the high definition transfer that appears on the UK/Arrow bluray. (There is also a DVD edition, where everything is rendered in standard def.) While it has all the trappings of a legitimate release, and is sold through such sellers as, this edition includes an unlicensed version of Arrow's Paradise Lost and Found featurette about the Swan Archives' outtakes (with, of course, the Arrow logo removed from the beginning and end, and the acknowledgement of the Swan Archives' provision of the footage also removed), an unlicensed version of the Paradise Regained featurette that originally appeared on the French Opening edition, and an unlicensed copy of Arrow's photo gallery (including Randy Black's photos from the Swan Archives). Of course, Pulp has removed the credit to Mr. Black (and also failed to take a license from him, and from the other photographers whose work is featured in the gallery for the use of their photos). Through dealing with Opening, Arrow, Scream Factory, and Carlotta on their Phantom releases, we know how hard these labels work to obtain all necessary permissions, and to ensure that they pay for what they use. Scumbags like the folks at Pulp apparently just don't give a shit, and feel free to use whatever they feel like, without paying for it, and even removing the attribution to the original artists and sources. Given that this is a film about stealing an artist's work and concealing its origin, we find Pulp's behavior here particularly ironic.
Carlotta calls this their "Ultra Collector Edition," and it's very luxurious indeed. Production is limited to 3,000 copies. The package includes unique cover art by Matt Taylor, a 167-page hardback coffee table book (for a small coffee table), a bluray disk and two DVDs. The bluray contains the film with DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 in English and DTS-HD MA mono in French, with optional French subtitles. The transfer is based on the same 2K transfer as is on the Arrow (UK) disc, but Carlotta has done some work on the tints. (Of course, there's no getting around the contrast and crushed blacks in the underlying transfer, a problem shared by all the bluray editions except for Opening's, which was from an earlier, different HD transfer). The bluray also offers Gerrit Graham's short introduction, the "Paradise Regained" documentary, and the "Carte Blanche with Rosanna Norton" video that originally appeared on the Opening version; the interview with Brian de Palma from the Scream Factory set; the Paul Williams/Guillermo del Toro interview, "Swan Song Fiasco," "Paradise Lost and Found" and "William Finley Sells the Phantom Doll" featurettes from the Arrow edition; trailers and tv spots, and what Carlotta is calling a karaoke feature, where the lyrics are painted onscreen as the songs play...but the original vocals are still present, so it's more singalong than karaoke. DVD1 has the film (with Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 English soundtracks, Dolby mono French soundtrack, and optional French subtitles), the Graham presentation, the karaoke, the Finley doll ad, "Paradise Regained," the trailers and tv spots; and DVD2 has the De Palma interview, the Williams/del Toro interview, the "Swan Song Fiasco" featurette, "Carte Blanche," and "Paradise Lost and Found." The DVDs are in PAL/Region 2 format. The book, titled "Dr. Brian and Mr. De Palma," includes 40 photos, which include screencaps from the film, shots from the premiere (apparently licensed from Arrow), and marketing collateral. Many of the photos, particularly those printed from slides that were distributed with the presskit, are printed backwards (as frequently occurs because camera (still) film has the emulsion on one side, while motion picture film has it on the other, and photo labs often just assume the emulsion side is the same in either case). The book is comprised of a number of pre-existing pieces (including extracts from the Archives' own Promotion page), all in French (translated in most cases from the original English) but also two new items. First, "Des Chansons Pour le Diable," by Alexander Poncet was written exclusively for Carlotta, and looks like it might have been transcribed from dictation: the name of composer Biff Rose (with whom Paul Williams composed "Fill Your Heart") appears, amusingly, as "Beef Rose," for example. And second, a piece entitled "The System and I," by Jean-Baptiste Thoret, is mostly new - the last portion previously appeared in his 2003 book about the footage of the Kennedy assassination. All in all, this is a beautifully crafted compilation, which will disappoint only those who were hoping to find newly produced video content. Carlotta also makes the bluray or DVD1 available for purchase separately, without the book.
This Spanish bluray is barebones, with no special features, but has Spanish (as well as English) audio, and Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.
This German three-disc set from Koch Media includes a lovely 24-page booklet, the film on bluray with German and English audio and German subtitles, and, on DVD, most of the extras from the Shout Factory package (though on the Shout edition, the extras are mostly on bluray rather than DVD, with better resolution).
This German edition, which includes the film on both bluray and DVD, was limited to 50 copies. (Ours is number 32). Although it proclaims on the front that it is a "2 - DISC LIMITED UNCUT EDITION,", there's nothing particularly "uncut" about's the same version of the film you see everywhere else, from the current DCP/bluray transfer. The bluray has English language Dolby 5.1 and German language stereo, and the DVD has both languages in Dolby Digital 2.0. Subtitles on both are German. The extras comprise TV-Spots, German trailer, radio spots, commentary track and poster gallery. There's a 28 page booklet, but it's all text, and only a small portion is about Phantom - it's essentially a catalog of the releases in the publisher's "Klassiker Collection." German alternate poster art on the front, and the Italian poster art on the back. Notable, if at all, only for the limited number of copies produced.
1985 North American Key Video version
Poster advertising the 1985
North American Key Video version
1988 North American version
1990 North American version
French version
The older French version
1994 Italian version
1987 Australian version
1989 German version
1987 Japanese version
1993 Japanese version
1990 Israeli version. You have to play it starting from the end.

Here's the very scarce VHD from Japan (which we believe is the only market for which a Phantom VHD was ever created). VHD, or "Video High Density," was a commercially unsuccessful (but kinda cool) format in the early 80's, in which a vinyl grooveless disk was enclosed in a plastic cartridge, emerging from its cocoon only once inside the player. Combine the lack of success of Phantom itself with the dismal failure of VHD as a format, and you can do the math: there aren't very many of these Phantom VHD disks still in existence.
North America
Japan, 1987 edition
Japan, 1993 edition

These two different Phantom 12" action figures were made in extremely limited numbers by Japan's Medicom Toy Corporation. They're highly detailed, quality pieces of work. There's the suicide version, which comes with a little plastic knife, which you can put in the phantom's hand; and the warning version, which comes with a little toilet plunger (which they call a "vacuum pump".) With both of these, there are removable clothes, the phantom's electronic voicebox, and Death Records diecast metal lapel pins. Also, the detail on the faces on the two versions is different; one has him screaming, while on the other his teeth are clenched.
In May of 2007, Medicom released their third Phantom action figure, which they refer to as "Phantom Version 2.0". It comes with both the dagger and the toilet plunger, and an extra right hand. It's pictured here in the box, all minty-fresh.
We at the Archives are unwilling to take our Phantom Version 2.0 out of the box, out of concern that he might, if released, resume his efforts to destroy everything having to do with Swan, including the Archives itself. Fortunately, the (apparently fearless) Kim Reed, webmistress at had no such qualms, and has kindly consented to our use of these photos she took of her own dangerous Phantom action figure. Thanks, Kim!
This 11.5" tall limited edition vinyl Phantom doll is scheduled for release in October, 2018 from Medicom of Japan, and, as of May 2018, is available for preorder for around US$100 at Japan-toy and anime themed shopping sites all over the web. The cape is removable and the helmet flips up to reveal the Phantom's scarred face. Hours of fun!
The Swan Archives staff is of course eager for the introduction of the Phoenix doll, and hopeful that she'll come in a "singer" version and a "screamer" version. And, if her clothes are removable, we hope there will be detailed instructions; the staff doesn't get out much.


To say that the paperback novel, by Bjarne Rostaing, is "loosely" based on the screenplay is an understatement. It actually appears to be loosely based on a very early version of the screenplay, as it contains a version of Beef's funeral scene, which was deleted from the scripts pretty early on. It's an interesting read, though: Phoenix, a drug addict, meets Winslow soon after he arrives in New York City, they have a "relationship," she steals his money, etc. It's kinda like fanfiction; takes characters we know, and tells a different story about them.
Here's the same book, with a slightly different version of the cover.
All the songs from the film, arranged for easy/intermediate piano and vocal. Also includes some photos (including several nice on-set shots), and Gerrit Graham's write-up from the A&M presskit. This songbook has been out of print for years.
The "library edition" of the sheet music; same thing, but in hardcover.
The French company Spartorange distributed a limited number (only 450) of the highly detailed stickpins on the left, manufactured by LMI Paris. They also fielded an even rarer version (only 60 units) which is identical, except that the "Phantom" scripting is white rather than red, shown on the right.
These Winslow pins are hinged so that you can lift up the helmet and see scarred Winslow underneath. These are really beautiful enamel, about 1.5", and the teeth are glittery silver. They were made in limited quantities by Signal 13 Pins back in 2016, and sold out. Recently (April, 2017), due to popular demand, Signal 13 ran a new batch of 100, so they're available again -- but probably just briefly. Signal 13 calls this the "Mad Tunesmith," and you can order it here, at least for now.
Enameltyville created only 100 examples of this simpler enamel Winslow pin, but still has a few available. Pick one up here while you still can!
Everyone's favorite dead bird (we should have a "name the Death Records bird" contest...I don't know why we didn't think of this before!) is immortalized (except that he's already dead) in enamel by Print Mafia, and can be procured here.
In late 2017, Eerie Lake Pins (their shop is at offered this beautiful enamel pin with the Corben Style C art, attached to a cardboard backing with the Alvin Style A art, along with several variants (on one of which the keyboard glows in the dark), as shown on the right. The principal style was offered in a limited edition of 100, the purple ones 25, and the others 10 each, if we understand their promotion correctly. If someone was truly obsessive (we don't know anyone like that), they might have bought them all.
The very-hard-to-find pinback button given away at early screenings, and at West LA's Licorice Pizza in conjunction with promotion of the premiere.
These yellow premiere buttons are far rarer today then their black and white brothers pictured to the left.
"Cards of Mr. Cinema" was a set of French trading cards published by Images et Leisures. The cards used to be compiled at the Mr. Cinema website, sort of a French version of the Internet Movie Database which had its origins in a French television show called "Mr. Cinema", but the site seems to have disappeared.
Limited edition full size replicas of the Phantom's helmet were sold briefly in 2007 by Medicom Toy Co. of Japan, but only sold to buyers in Japan. These helmets were packaged in Medicom's Death Records boxes (see below), so along with the helmet, you got a free box. The Medicom helmets are not as nice, in our opinion, as the ones made by the Guy in Winnipeg. For one thing, the visor isn't easily removable from the helmet, as it is in the film; Medicom loses authenticity points here. Also, the right eyehole on the Medicom helmet isn't really a hole; it's a depression in the helmet, over which a piece of dark plastic has been glued. The helmets made by the Guy in Winnipeg, in contrast, have correctly removable visors, and the right eyehole contains the correctly convex smoky covering.
The marketing geniuses at Medicom Toy Company of Japan are selling these empty cardboard boxes, but only for delivery in Japan. They're shipped flat, in sets of five, and you unfold them. Shown here with a helmet, so you can get an idea of the size of the boxes. Helmet not included. It's only a matter of time before these guys start selling napkins on which they've scrawled the words Phantom of the Paradise with a crayon.
And who wouldn't want to cuddle up with a dead bird plushie? Apparently, nobody would: Medicom's latest offering, in early 2008, was this unlikely custom-shaped pillow featuring the Death Records dead bird logo. Unfortunately, the company received very few orders for it, it never got manufactured, and the orders went unfulfilled.
Another item from Medicom: The Phantom bear is part of Bearbrick's "Horror" Series 34, from 2017. He's about two and a half inches tall, and comes with a little Death Records card. In late 2018, Medicom will be releasing a version of this guy who's 11" tall.

We generally don't feature unlicensed merchandise on this page, but the Archives receives so many requests from our readers as to where to obtain quality Phantom-related clothing that we feel compelled to make an exception here as a matter of public service.

Unfortunately, most of the "Death Records" shirts you find on eBay and elsewhere just aren't very good. The lettering is usually in the wrong font (crikey, how hard is it to use Metropolitaines Regular?), or the quality of the material is dubious, or the bird is blurry or unshaded. We've looked at them all and, after careful consideration, concluded that the best available Death Records shirts are the ones offered by Austin Steele, at his Zazzle store, here. Finally, someone is using half-toning in the bird logo, the right font for the wording, and the right relative size between the wording and the bird. (Though, in the film, there wasn't actually space between the bird and the words...the words butt up right against the bird's backside. We think the way that Austin's done it is easier to read, even if it's not exactly what the logo looks like onscreen. The Medicom Death Records box shown just above these shirts does it the same "wrong" way. The logo shown at the very bottom of the page is the way it looks in the film.)
We're also partial to this stylish "Beef" shirt, offered by Chantale and Angie over at, available here. Sure, the lightning bolt should probably be blue rather than yellow, but then it would run the risk of looking like an icicle, or a stalactite from the Wampa ice cave. We're OK with some artistic license on this one.
Jeff Zornow's fantastic artwork for this shirt, which used to be (but is no longer) available from Fright Rags, is intended to evoke a 1970s era record album cover, and is an imagining of what such a cover might have looked like had "Faust" been released, with Phoenix on vocals.
Here's Jeff's original art, a hand-drawn combination of pencil, pen. brush and ink; coloring and graphics were added digitally later.

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