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HD DVD version is incredible

on 6/8/2007

The HD DVD version is absolutely great. The extras about the origins of the production and how the movie was put together were fantastic.

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Product Overview

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.System Requirements:Run Time: 142 minutesFormat: HD DVD

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 202475193
UPC 012569809406
UPC 14 00012569809406
Format HD DVD
Release Date 4/18/2006
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Cast & Crew
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Original Music By
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Screenplay
Anthony Pratt - Production Designer
Emmy Rossum - Actor
Gaston Leroux - Based On Novel By
Gerard Butler - Actor
Jeff Abberley - Executive Producer
Joel Schumacher - Screenplay
Joel Schumacher - Director
John Mathieson - Cinematographer
John Fenner - Art Director
Julia Blackman - Executive Producer
Minnie Driver - Actor
Patrick Wilson - Actor
Paul Kirby - Art Director
Terry Rawlings - Editor
Awards
Nominee (2005) 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
Nominee (2004) 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
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review I have never been a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenally popular stage musical version of The Phantom of the Opera, so it will probably come as no surprise that the film adaptation, which is faithful to its inspiration, left me feeling underwhelmed...appreciation of The Phantom of the Opera will hinge upon your opinion of Lloyd Webber's skills as a composer. The film, like the stage show, contains one great baroque theme and a lot of unmemorable drivel. If you are partial to Lloyd Webber's style, you will at least find The Phantom of the Opera palatable. If not, then this will be an endurance contest. This isn't really a film that needs reviewing. Going in, most viewers will know what to expect, and Schumacher's unchallenging style delivers without frills. For some, this will be a new way to enjoy a favorite musical. But for those like me, it's a mostly tedious way to kill 140 minutes.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I love the look of the film. I admire the cellars and dungeons and the Styx-like sewer with its funereal gondola, and the sensational masked ball, and I was impressed by the rooftop scenes, with Paris as a backdrop in the snow. The scarlet of the Phantom's cape acts like a bloodstain against the monochrome cityscape and Christine's pale skin, and she rises to an occasion her rival lovers have not earned. She responds to more genuine tragedy than the film provides for her...This has been, I realize, a nutty review. I am recommending a movie that I do not seem to like very much. But part of the pleasure of moviegoing is pure spectacle -- of just sitting there and looking at great stuff and knowing it looks terrific. There wasn't much Schumacher could have done with the story or the music he was handed, but in the areas over which he held sway, he has triumphed. This is such a fabulous production that by recasting two of the three leads and adding some better songs it could have been, well, great.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Quotes
Derek Elley, Variety ...evokes the original show while working as a movie in its own right...lit by a radiant, vocally lustrous perf by teenaged Emmy Rossum.
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America If you're one of the hundred-million people who loved the musical, you'll love the movie even more.
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer ...[a] gorgeous, splendidly cast film.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...a rapturous spectacle...the movie, directed full throttle by Joel Schumacher, goes the show one better.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer The cast is good, the score is sublime, the visuals are sumptuous and it speeds along with a delirious romantic power...
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