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The Phantom of the Opera [WS & Special Edition] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2004]

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (61 out of 63)

    Special Features


    • Theatrical trailer
    • Languages: English & Français
    • Subtitles: English, Français & Español
    • Explore the Phantom's world in dazzling depth: Behind the Mask - The Story of The Phantom of the Opera
    • The Making of The Phantom of the Opera in 3 spellbinding acts: Preproduction, The Director, Production
    • No One Would Listen: additional scene
    • DVD-ROM PC weblink to the Phantom's online world
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Phantom of the Opera
    One of the most popular stage musicals in the history of Broadway and London's West End makes its long-awaited arrival on the motion-picture screen in this lavish adaptation directed by Joel Schumacher. Christine (Emmy Rossum) is a beautiful and gifted young woman who longs to join the company of the Paris Opera House. During rehearsals for one of the opera's grand productions, a backdrop falls and crashes to the floor, nearly crushing leading lady Carlotta (Minnie Driver). When several members of the company suggest this could be the work of the "Phantom of the Opera," a spectral presence said to haunt the building, Carlotta drops out of the show, and the fates permit Christine to step in as her replacement. Christine's performance is a triumph, and on opening night she becomes reacquainted with Raoul (Patrick Wilson), a former childhood friend who is now a wealthy and well-known nobleman. Christine soon finds herself smitten with the handsome Raoul, but the same evening she makes a startling discovery -- the story of the Phantom is not just a legend. A brilliant but horribly disfigured composer (Gerard Butler) lives deep in the depths of the opera house, and taken with the beauty of Christine's voice, he abducts her and brings her to his lair, where he offers to help her perfect her talents, offering to write an opera especially for her. As the terrified Christine is comforted by Raoul, the two fall in love, but the phantom sees her affection for Raoul as a tremendous betrayal, and the jealous phantom nearly kills Christine as he nearly killed Carlotta. When the phantom emerges to present the opera's management with the piece he has written for Christine, the singer is asked to put her life on the line in an effort to capture the mad genius once and for all. Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of Gaston Leroux's novel, which had already enjoyed several stage and screen adaptations in the past, opened in London in 1986 and has been a popular favorite around the world ever since; the show was still running in New York and London when the film version premiered in late 2004. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Gerard Butler
      Gerard Butler - The Phantom
    • Emmy Rossum
      Emmy Rossum - Christine Daae
    • Patrick Wilson
      Patrick Wilson - Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
    • Miranda Richardson
      Miranda Richardson - Madame Giry
    • Minnie Driver
      Minnie Driver - La Carlotta



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 63 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      PHANTOM is a solid and spectacular film musical

      Posted
      kenn
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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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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Spellbinding Phantom in a Clever Opera

      Posted
      Galadrielle

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the BEST Musical and Movie Productions ever

      Posted
      ranchlady

      An absolutely marvelous and intriguing movie-musical. The singing done by Emme Lou Rosson and Gerard Butler is absolutely outstanding. I didn't know that Gerard Butler could sing this well until I saw him in this movie. Its a shame that he wastes that beautiful voice of his on non-musical events. Emme Lou Rosson has a most astonishing voice. Seeing as how they had to follow the Andrew Lloyd Weber stage production of " Phantom of the Opera", and that was a most difficult thing to do, they really did a marvelous job. There a few instances that could have been better, but then what movie doesn't have this aspect. The scenery for the most part is great. They just did an all round fantastic job on this. I bought it on regular DVD and may have to go buy the Blue-Ray now. Oh well, such is progress.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best I have seen in a long time

      Posted
      Norton

      This film lost a lot if anyone has seen the Broadway production I have. There is nothing to compare to hearing Weber's score live in an acoustically perfect theater. The screenplay was very good. The story was quite unique in the way it was told very entertaining. Gerard Butler stole the film. Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson were adequate. What can you say about Andrew Lloyd Webber. The music is just outstanding. I have seen everything Webber has done in this country and this is truly the best. Score, orchestration were superb. A MUST SEE.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great musical.

      Posted
      Wings
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      My wife and I seen this on the stage in London when we were there on our honeymoon. We really enjoyed the muisc. Back in Chicago we seen it again a year later. Now finaly they made a film version and it made it to Blu-ray. Picture and sound is awesome. The film stays pretty close to the stage version. There is a new song written and is included in the end credits. While watching the extras you can view a deleted scene with another new song sung by the Phantom but was removed from the final film. A good idea. This film is a must have if your into musicals.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      very romantic

      Posted
      prlwctd

      This is a wonderfully elaborate and very romantic screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical (itself based on Gaston Leroux's novel). The production values and music are first rate and Gerard Butler & Patrick Wilson are fine as the Phantom and Raoul, respectively. But it's the gorgeous Emmy Rossum, whose physical beauty is matched by her singing, that leaves the lasting impression here. She is perfect casting as Christine, the budding opera star whom the title character falls for.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best musical come to screen ever!

      Posted
      Aprilrose

      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!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Loved it

      Posted
      patty1123
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      I've seen this show 3 times in Las Vegas and enjoyed the stage show. That's what prompted me to purchase the DVD. Gerard Butler has wonderful stage presents, easy on the eyes and I love the voice. I was pleasantly surprise to find out Patrick Wilson from "The Gifted Man" was also in this show as is charming as Raoul. The supporting cast terrific and electrifying. This musical spectacular gave me the story line of the show which can't always be seen on the stage.

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