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The Phantom of the Opera [Region 4]

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Format: DVD (PG)
Release Date: 18 April 2005

The Phantom of the Opera tells the story of a disfigured musical genius (Gerard Butler) who haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera, waging a reign of terror over its occupants.

When he falls fatally in love with the lovely Christine (Emmy Rossum), the Phantom devotes himself to creating a new star for the Opera, exerting a strange sense of control over the young soprano as he nurtures her extraordinary talents.

Synopsis

Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorising the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles. Things get worse when Christine meets back up with her childhood acquaintance Raoul and the two fall in love. The Phantom decides to kidnap her and imprison her with him in his lair. Raoul is now the only one who can stop him.

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Deformed since birth, a bitter man known only as the Phantom lives in the sewers underneath the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with the obscure chorus singer Christine, and privately tutors her while terrorising the rest of the opera house and demanding Christine be given lead roles. Things get worse when Christine meets back up with her childhood acquaintance Raoul and the two fall in love. The Phantom decides to kidnap her and imprison her with him in his lair. Raoul is now the only one who can stop him.

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This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.

Run Time: 135 minutes
Region: 4
Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver, Miranda Richardson, Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ellison, Kevin McNally, Minnie Driver, Miranda Richardson, Murray Melvin, Patrick Wilson, Simon Callow, Victor McGuire
Producer: Andrew Lloyd Webber
Subtitles: English
Publisher: USPHE
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I'm sorry, I have to be honest - while I am a huge fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage adaption of Phantom, the screen adaption leaves a lot to be desired. I actually saw the movie before I saw the stage show, and so unremarkable I found it that it almost put me off watching the stage production (thank God it didn't). I appreciate that a screen version cannot rival seeing a live performance, but this falls way short.

First problem being in the casting. Emmy Rossum is nice to look at and has a sweet voice, but she lacks range (I'm not sure how she got labeled a soprano), power and the operatic (or even classical) sound that one would expect to hear in Christine. And let's not get me started on her 'acting'. Gerard Butler, while a favourite among young "phans", did not have the vocal prowess to play the coveted Phantom role at all. The Phantom is supposed to sound powerful, hypnotic and commanding, yet I found myself torn between cringing and laughing whilst hearing this particular interpretation of the role. Nor did I think that the attempt to make the Phantom into an appealing and 'sexy' character was the right move, and frankly, think it makes little sense. I couldn't take the movie seriously. The characters come across as being flat and lifeless; very 2D. I didn't feel the awkward twist of simultaneous disgust and sympathy for the Phantom, I didn't feel a connection to Christine or feel her transition from a young girl to a woman, and Raoul (who is actually a lovely character when played properly) was like a piece of cardboard. I did not enjoy the way the characters were played at all, save maybe for Meg.

My second major qualm is how they trimmed and changed songs, including cutting out an entire verse of the title song, a very synthetic-sounding cadenza, the changing of many originally sung parts into spoken word, and even the complete removal of some.

A large part of what makes this show so spectacular on stage is the extravagant use of sets and sound, all of which become somewhat lost in a movie production since we come to expect that anything on the modern screen should have these things anyway. In short, you are left with a very mediocre presentation of a story that has the ability to be outstanding. I own a copy of this movie, but I avoid watching it at all costs. Perhaps I have simply set high standards as to what I expected from the modern screen version of Phantom.
Varisa on
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I have just seen Andrew Lloyd Weber's The Phantom of the Opera last night and I still don't quite know how to feel about it. This is my favorite Broadway musical of all time. I have been privileged enough to see it twice on stage with the inimitable Michael Crawford. This Phantom is significantly different - both the production and the character. On stage, the Phantom is an older man who is missing most of his face. In this film, the Phantom is so young and so sexy we wonder why Christine would ever be interested in Raoul. The movie has more time and ability to go into the Phantom's backstory - the problem is the backstory makes no sense! In the book, it was explained that Erik was the son of a master mason who grew up to be one of the contractors who worked on the opera house. In the movie, he is a child who is rescued from a freak show by Madame Giry who has grown up in the opera house. (Perhaps that gave him time to install a pipe-organ single-handedly.) Joel Schumacher has tried to "humanize" the Phantom, which is the wrong decision because - like Hamlet - the Phantom is a larger-than-life character. The worst filmmaking decision is to have the Phantom swordfight Raoul...and lose! The Phantom is like Hannibal Lecter - he would NEVER let anybody get the upper hand on him. In the play, the Phantom spends most of the time off-stage, creating an air of mystery. Also, in the play, he has more of a devilish sense of humor. The movie phantom does not move in the same way the stage phantom does - gone are the balletic gestures that accompany The Music of the Night.
Janice on
 
A fantastically sumptuous production! highly recommended
Tracey on
 
I loved this movie. It was well thought out and the set design was amazing. The cast is quite young which opens the story up to a whole new generation of viewers and while no movie could ever really live up to the live stage show ths one gives it a excellent go. The phantom is dark and brooding, Christine, young and beautiful and you can't help but enjoy Minnie Drivers portrayal of Carlotta. Gothic Romance at its best!
Hannah on
 
An excellent movie! Emmy Rossum is brilliant in the role of Christine and Gerard Butler makes a fairly decent Phantom. Costume and set are spectacular: over the top and visually stunning. And the singing is top notch! The actors sing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music beautifully; all have brilliant voices (Patrick Wilson aside, but he’s Raoul so what can you expect?) and the dubbing is excellent. A movie well worth your watching, especially all ALW and Phantom fans!
Andrew on
 
"The Phantom of the Opera" is a magnificent tale that begins when an opera ghost terrorizes the cast and crew of the French Opera House while tutoring a chorus girl. He finally drives the lead soprano crazy so she and her friend leave. The girl is able to sing lead one night but the soprano doesn't want her show stolen so she comes back. The ghost demands they keep giving his protoge lead roles. Meanwhile, His pupil falls in love with the Vicomte de Chagny, but the Phantom is in love with Christine, his student. The Phantom is outraged by their love and kidnaps Christine to be his eternal bride. Will Raoul, the Vicomte, be able to stop this dastardly plan? Watch and find out
louise on
 
I love this movie - again it is one that you need to own, and you can watch it every time it rains.

The music is great - and the characters are larger than life. Mini Driver does steal the show - as the very melodramatic actress with very little talent.

The story line is straight forward so you can just chill out and enjoy the music.
Sarah on
 
I absolutely love Andrew Lloyd Webbers version of the Phantom of the Opera and this movie was just fantatsic as it features his musical score (as opposed to other renditions). I loved the full cinematography of this film and thought they did it all very well. Highly recommended. 5 stars from me!
Laura on
 
This film is beautifully crafted and the songs are amazing. Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum and Patrick Wilson did a fantastic job bringing the film, the characters and the music to life. This story was one that could have gone ary but thanks to the careful treatment by dirctor Joel Schummacher meant that this is a spectacular retelling of the story and a brilliant version of the opera. Lloyd-Webbers music is brought to life by the costume design and sets its a feast for the eyes and a treat for the ears. Spectacular!
Heather on
 
i thoght that this was a pretty good adaptation of the phantom of the opera. really one for the older generation though i guess, my friend and i went to this and were the only ones there without white hair! had some really spectactular songs in it, and also sceneray, the under ground home of the phantom was brilliant!

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