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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent overall

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    Poor choice for role of Phantom. Someone with stronger vocals.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    PHANTOM is a solid and spectacular film musical

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    Many people will look at this film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical spectacular, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with mixed emotions. There are people who will be upset that Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford, who played the original Christine and Phantom respectively, were not allowed to recreate their signature roles. There will also be people who'll be disappointed that this version is not a literal translation of the stage musical. Finally, we have the critics of both Webber and director Joel Schumacher, who have both been accused of wretched excess in previous projects in their individual careers. Taken as a film version however, this PHANTOM stands the test of time, not only as a wonderful musical film, but as one of the more faithful versions of Gaston Laroux's romance/horror novel. Starting with a black and white prologue, the film tells the story of budding opera star Christine Daae and the two men who fight for her heart: the noble Viscount who she knew in childhood, and the mysterious Phantom of the Paris Opera House who hides his ugliness behind a half-mask while sponsoring Christine's career. Like the stage production, this film is awash in glorious colors and sets that would put many epics to shame. It's well balanced by solid performances that help propel the romantic, if melodramatic, story along. Gerard Butler makes for a wonderfully dark and obsessive Phantom, while allowing the character to retain the audience's sympathy. Miranda Richardson is solid as the dour Madame Giry, who knows the Phantom's secret. Minnie Driver easily gets the most laughs as the over-bearing diva, Carlotta. (It's interesting to note that Ms. Driver's singing is dubbed in the film proper, while she actually sings the new closing credits melody "Learn to be Lonely.") Patrick Wilson makes for a stalwart, if somewhat bland, Viscount. But the strongest impression is made by the lovely Emmy Rossum. Only in her late teens when filming, she turns in a fantastic performance with a crystal clear voice that does justice to Webber's score. Joel Schumacher does a strong enough job in directing this film, allowing the music and the screenplay that he co-wrote with Webber to shine. In the end, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is a delightful spectacle that does justice in its own way to both the stage original and Laroux's book. As such, this is a film I highly recommend.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Phantom of the Opera

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Love this movie I have watched it several times it is better than the Broadway play which I have seen four times

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally!

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    I've been looking for this for a while. It's hard to find at a responsible price. Very excited

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great singing

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    the signing in this movie is amazing. it is hard to believe that the Phantom had no experience of singing

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great film adaptation

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    If you love the musical, you will enjoy this movie. Talented actors and great music. You'll find yourself humming the songs throughout the day. For those who've never seen the musical on the stage, this is a great way to experience the amazing story.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Phantom of the Opera 2004

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    I love, love, love this movie! Gerard Butler and Emmie Rossum are absolutely the best Phantom and Christine!!

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Rare find? Great price

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    Didn’t’t realize this movie would be this hard to find. Original search was for Blu-ray. But prices were outrageous. BestBuy meant best price for the next option of a DVD version. Short ship time. Movie is a great and slick addition to your video library if you’re a “Phantom” fan. And in retrospect, Gerard Butler as the Phantom!? Worth price for Rossum and Driver.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

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    Great last minute Christmas gift good movie as well

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Can't get the music out of my head.

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    I love this tragic love story. It holds me until the end then I want to watch it again. I wake up with the music in my head. Good movie.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great musical

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    i grew up listening to these and seeing it for the first time made it easier to understand

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A Spellbinding Phantom in a Clever Opera

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    After having seen Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, I was somewhat apprehensive to see it as a movie, but was greatly relieved when I learned that it is produced by Webber himself! I found the film almost as spellbinding as the stage production, and I say "almost" because there is no substitute for seeing something great like Phantom live! Gerard Butler provides great depth to the troubled Erik, a talented composer who was grotesquely disfigured since childhood. We are shocked into learning that in the 19th Century, people with conditions such as Erik's were often abused, and Erik's mind is far more damaged than his face. When faced with disappointment, he turns to murder, and these violent crimes, and not his facial deformity, cause his beloved Christine (Emmy Rossum) to turn her attention toward rich handsome Raoul (Patrick Wilson). Interestingly, the good side of Erik's face is handsome. Before he starts damaging careers and taking lives, we feel a touch of sympathy for him. This is the mark of a well-acted and well-written character! Butler, Rossum, and Wilson are a splendid trio, and their voices resonate with elegance and passion throughout the whole film. The sets and costumes are superb, and those of us who love the Victorian culture may get some ideas for our own wardrobes and home decor. The Masquerade scene is particularly delightful, resplendent with well-put-together, yet at the same time, outlandish, garb. By the time this film was first released in theatres, the songs already had become beloved classics, due to the well-deserved success of the stage production. When we see this splendid motion picture over and over again on DVD, we are, of course, treated to watching these cherished melodies, much as we would watch music videos, and the actions accompanying the songs make perfectly good sense. The Phantom of the Opera is breathtakingly magnificent and I strongly recommend it.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    romantic

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    I love this movie! It is romantic, lavish, and has great music!

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic!

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    This was so good to see again and it looks great on bluray. Loved the music and the acting was wonderful.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Almost as Good as the Broadway Show!

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    We saw the Broadway show in Manhattan recently, and wanted to see the movie that was based. Very good and true to to play,with some extras that tied up all of the looses ends that the play could not do.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic

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    A great classic movie with a great cast and a classic storyline

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The best musical come to screen ever!

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    Emmy Rossum has a voice like an angel and portrays an innocence that makes the audience clearly understand why she is lured in by the phantom. Gerard Butler was perfectly cast for the part of the phantom. His awesome mystique and dark side, accompanied by his tremendous good looks and commanding great voice, are all that were needed to capture the audience and have them wanting more from him in addition to him getting the girl!

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Will put you in a musical mood

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    I wouldn't count myself among those who must see every musical ever produced but there is something about the music from Andrew Loyd Weber that leaves you humming the tunes (since I don't know the words by heart). I was familiar with the premise of Phantom of the Opera but hadn't seen a live performance or movie. Great movie. Would recommend.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic

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    This is a classic movie and this production is fantastic!

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    tons of great music

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    tragic love story with killer soundtrack, Gerard Butler is awesome

    I would recommend this to a friend