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|Musical Drama based on Andrew Lloyd Webber's celebrated musical phenomenon. 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.Running Time: 142 min.Format: BLU-RAY DISC|
"If you're one of the hundred-million people who loved the musical, you'll love the movie even more. Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
"...[a] gorgeous, splendidly cast film. Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"...a rapturous spectacle...the movie, directed full throttle by Joel Schumacher, goes the show one better. Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The cast is good, the score is sublime, the visuals are sumptuous and it speeds along with a delirious romantic power... William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteThose who thought that smoke machines and cobwebbed candelabras were the stuff of Halloween parties and dance clubs need to think again. In Joel Schumacher's film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, these moody set devices--and countless others--make every scene an atmospheric vision of souped-up 19th-century Gothic bliss. Christine Daee (a luminescent Emmy Rossum) is a tortured young star who is haunted by the voice of the phantom (Gerard Butler--who also played the lead in DRACULA 2000), a musician who hides in the shadows to hide a facial disfigurement, yet sings to her obsessively. Dwelling in the dark, damp chambers beneath the Paris opera house, the phantom lords over the cast and management with artistic autocracy--he writes the shows, casts them, and threatens all who disobey his plans with dramatically violent outbursts. But when his young student Christine falls for the rich and dapper Raoul (Patrick Wilson), the phantom descends into madness. Webber's memorable songs are performed with aplomb by Rossum, whose background includes singing with the Metropolitan Opera, and Wilson and Butler provide ample accompaniment. One of the treats of the proceedings is Minnie Driver's deeply exaggerated portrayal of the jealous diva, giving this PHANTOM a very appropriate dose of comic relief.
Cast & Crew
|Andrew Lloyd Webber - Original Music By|
|Andrew Lloyd Webber - Screenplay|
|Anthony Pratt - Production Designer|
|Gaston Leroux - Based On Novel By|
|Jeff Abberley - Executive Producer|
|Joel Schumacher - Director|
|Joel Schumacher - Screenplay|
|John Mathieson - Cinematographer|
|John Fenner - Art Director|
|Julia Blackman - Executive Producer|
|Paul Kirby - Art Director|
|Terry Rawlings - Editor|
|Oscar, Anthony Pratt, Celia Bobak, Best Achievement in Art Direction|
|Oscar, John Mathieson, Best Achievement in Cinematography|
|Oscar, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song|
|Golden Globe, The Phantom of the Opera, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy|
|Golden Globe, Andrew Llyod Webber, Charles Hart, Best Original Song - Motion Picture|
|Golden Globe, Emmy Rossum, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy|
Customer Reviews of Phantom of the Opera (Blu-ray)
I Love this story5/24/2012
This is a story that I have always cherished ever sense I was little. I felt that it could have been portrayed better though. Some of the scenes could have been put together better, and some of the acting was not what I hoped it would be. The singing was impressive though. I still enjoy this movie,
I've just watched the movie. It's absolutely amazing. Yes, the music, decorations and screen effect are absolutely fabulous. But these things make a show. And this movie is deeper. The cast is a perfect fit. The Phantom and Christine are so natural and real that you start beleiving it was a true story. You have no doubt it could've happen. This is art in it's best form.
This is a very good movie based on the opera and the music is superb. The acting is also great and backs the quality of the movie. I have watched this movie multiple times and you will have not regrets with this purchase. This is definitely a must watch.
A Faithful Reproduction2/19/2008
If you are not a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber, nothing I say will make you like this disc. It is an accurate recording of the experience of going to see Phantom at the theater, only better. The picture is gorgous, the sound well recorded and presented, the script faithful to the original almost to an exact reproduction of the stage experience. I actually like the added material as it adds to the total of the plot. First rate all around. My only negative is Gerard Butler who plays teh Phantom is not my favorite in this role although he does a splendid job. He has some huge shoes to fill taking on this role. If I had never seen or heard anyone else play the Phantom this would not be an issue. Just personal prefference. The special features were fun, especially seeing the crew sing "Phantom of the Opera". If you are a fan of Andrew Lloyd Weber, buy this disc. If you are looking for some beautiful material to show off your home theater, this is a good one. If you are an Andrew Lloyd Weber basher, just walk on by.
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