Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

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Director: Joel Schumacher

Cast: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson


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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…  See more details below


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Joel Schumacher's film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's spectacular Broadway musical expands greatly on the stage show while retaining everything that made it such a smash. The musical sequences are lovingly presented, woven into the action in operatic fashion -- but Schumacher's Phantom goes way beyond the theatrical edition, making the most of the story's primary setting: the magnificent Paris Opera House. The stage show only suggests what the film shows in opulent detail; every level of the magnificent structure -- including the catacombs beneath it -- are explored in microscopic detail by the cinematographer. The Opera House becomes a living, breathing character, not so much a home to the Phantom as a co-conspirator to his crimes. As created by French novelist Gaston Leroux, the Phantom was a criminal mastermind with a talent for refined torture. Drawing upon the character as it evolved in movies, Webber makes him a tragic figure deserving of the audience's sympathy (at least to some extent). The always masked, hideously scarred Phantom has fixed his eye on Christine Daae (18-year-old Emmy Rossum in a star-making performance), a young chorus girl of great promise whom he has taken on as a protégée of sorts. Under his tutelage she becomes a great singer, but having never seen him she naturally falls in love with a handsome nobleman, Raoul (Patrick Wilson). But the Phantom refuses to surrender her and is prepared to do anything to secure her loyalty and affection. Gerard Butler plays the title role extremely well, although he lacks the charisma of some of his predecessors. He's never quite the spellbinder one expects to see; some viewers will wonder how he maintains his hold over Christine. Nonetheless, he does a more-than-passable job. On the cast's distaff side, Rossum gets stiff competition from Minnie Driver, who's surprisingly good as the tempestuous diva Carlotta, whom the younger woman is expected to replace. Driver does her own singing and makes an indelible impression in what is actually a minor role. Schumacher exhibits a keen understanding of this material -- which, along with his visual sense, makes this adaptation so richly satisfying. Viewers get the best of both worlds: the unabashed artifice of the stage version and the stylish visualization afforded by top-drawer production design and cinematography. If you've ever heard Webber's score (and how could you not have?) you know that his Phantom is a treat for the ears. Now Schumacher has turned out a screen adaptation that's a feast for the eyes. Don't miss it.
All Movie Guide
Again proving himself game for any genre, Joel Schumacher takes the helm of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, a musical whose long delay to the screen represents a rare failure of Hollywood to strike when the iron is hot. No doubt thinking it could be his Chicago, Schumacher was probably as surprised as anyone to see his grandiose production shut out of the major Oscar categories. The film is an incredibly faithful rendering of the popular show. But with Webber's fingerprints all over it, it's never precisely more than that, and that's what separates it from Chicago. Coming only two years on the heels of that film, there's an unjust tendency to judge Phantom according to Chicago's success, and true enough, it doesn't measure up to either that or the stage phenomenon that inspired it. One real difference from the stage: it's unavoidable that the phantom (Gerard Butler) will lose some of his crucial mystery when brought up close and personal with the audience. Seen at a distance, lurking in the shadows, he's a more remote and effective figure. Emmy Rossum fares better as Christine Daae, projecting a disarming mixture of beauty and innocence, and Patrick Wilson is a dashing Raoul. All three leads -- not to mention a funny Minnie Driver as the opera's resident diva -- come off pretty impressively in terms of their singing, which sounds enough like the original Broadway recordings to please ardent fans of the material. In fact, the exquisite sets, lush costumes, and sweeping camerawork -- even the black-and-white frame story -- all compliment the performances well enough. The result is a costume drama that's at times genuinely rousing. It's just not an Oscar winner.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gerard Butler The Phantom
Emmy Rossum Christine Daae
Patrick Wilson Vicomte Raoul de Chagny
Miranda Richardson Madame Giry
Minnie Driver La Carlotta
Simon Callow Gilles Andre
Ciarán Hinds Richard Firmin
Jennifer Ellison Meg Giry
James Fleet Lefevre
Victor McGuire Piangi
Kevin McNally Buquet
Murray Melvin Reyer
Paul Brooke Auctioneer
Laura Hounsom Young Mme. Giry
Chris Overton Young Phantom
Imogen Bain Carlotta's Maid
Miles Western Carlotta's Wigmaker
Judith Paris Carlotta's Seamstress
Halcro Johnston Passirino
Oliver Chopping Porter
Alison Skilbeck Nun/Nurse
Lee Sellers Chauffer
Ramin Karimloo Christine's Father
Annabel Porter Young Meg
Max Thomas Actor
Jesika Cannon Young Christine
Lucy Casson Ballet Tart
Lorraine Stewart Ballet Tart
Jose Tirado Principal Male Dancer
Jonathan D. Ellis Fop
David Langham Fops
Margaret Preece Confidante
David Arneil Opera Chorus
Annalene Beechey Opera Chorus
Mark Carroll Opera Chorus
Valerie Cutko Opera Chorus
Tricia Deighton Opera Chorus
John Griffiths Opera Chorus
Mandy Holliday Opera Chorus
Terry Kelly Opera Chorus
Sophie Louise Dann opera chorus
Jackie Marks opera chorus
Graham McDuff opera chorus
Brian Wheeler opera chorus
Julia Worsley opera chorus
Chris Jarvis Ballet Boy
Sebastien Torkia Ballet Boy
Greet Botterman Ballet Girl
Elena Buda Ballet Girl
Tess Cunningham Ballet Girl
Liesl Dowsett Ballet Girl
Pia Driver Ballet Girl
Kathryn Dunn Ballet Girl
Sophia Hurdley Ballet Girl
Amy Lawson Ballet Girl
Lucy Potter Ballet Girl
Kirsty Tapp Ballet Girl
Richard Bayliss Opera Populaire Orchestra
Ralph Broadbent Opera Populaire Orchestra
Alexander Cameron Opera Populaire Orchestra
Paul Costin Opera Populaire Orchestra
Matthew Draper Opera Populaire Orchestra
Ben Gant Opera Populaire Orchestra
Jonathon Hill Opera Populaire Orchestra
Timothy Kipling Opera Populaire Orchestra
Jonathan Kitchen Opera Populaire Orchestra
Tristan Keyte Opera Populaire Orchestra
Michael Mansbridge Opera Populaire Orchestra
Jeff Moore Opera Populaire Orchestra
Julian Poole Opera Populaire Orchestra
James Pullman Opera Populaire Orchestra
Robert Purvis Opera Populaire Orchestra
Dave Tosh Opera Populaire Orchestra
Chris Worsey Opera Populaire Orchestra
Andrew Charles Corbett Flamenco Dancer,Masquerade Dancer
Sarah Frasca Flamenco Dancer
Pascal Langdale Flamenco Dancer
Damien Lee Stirk Flamenco Dancer,Masquerade Dancer
Isabel Lesto Flamenco Dancer
Remy Martyn Flamenco Dancer
Carlos Otero Flamenco Dancer
Sandra Ramirez Flamenco Dancer
Beth Sheather Flamenco Dancer
Annika Strandberg Flamenco Dancer
Stephen Berkeley Masquerade Dancer
Rod Buchanan Masquerade Dancer
Deborah Bundy Masquerade Dancer
Philip Catchpole Masquerade Dancer
Nathan Clarke Masquerade Dancer
Blake Clayfield Masquerade Dancer
Dawn Collins Masquerade Dancer
Gem Collingwood Masquerade Dancer
Casper Cornish Masquerade Dancer
Rachael Crocker Masquerade Dancer
Janine Davis Masquerade Dancer
Leigh Daniels Masquerade Dancer
Stephen B. White Masquerade Dancer
Simone De La Rue Masquerade Dancer
Lee Chapman Candelabra Holder
Graeme Crowther Swordmaster
Rebekah Dobbins Candelabra Holder
Miles Elkington Masquerade Dancer
Joanna Ernest Masquerade Dancer
Candice Evans Masquerade Dancer
Guilia Florimo Masquerade Dancer
Ben Garner Masquerade Dancer
Clinton Goldsmith Masquerade Dancer
Claire Goodman Masquerade Dancer
Juliet Gough Masquerade Dancer
Georgina Hagerty Masquerade Dancer
Ruben Halse Candelabra Holder
Maddy G. Harris Masquerade Dancer
Damien Jackson Masquerade Dancer
Ryan Jenkins Masquerade Dancer
Lee Jerova Candelabra Holder
Damian Jones Candelabra Holder
Gavin Lee Masquerade Dancer
Caroline Lynn Masquerade Dancer
Alec Mann Masquerade Dancer
Paul Micha Masquerade Dancer
Luis Gallo Mudarra Masquerade Dancer
Marilena Nicolaon Masquerade Dancer
Gabriel Noble Masquerade Dancer
Melanie Perks Masquerade Dancer
Vanessa Perroncel Candelabra Holder
Maryam Pourian Masquerade Dancer
Adam Pudney Masquerade Dancer
Pippa Raine Masquerade Dancer
Lorena Randi Masquerade Dancer
Aaron Sillis Masquerade Dancer
Michael Small Masquerade Dancer
Lisa Stevens Masquerade Dancer
Tom Tanscy Masquerade Dancer
Marcus Tesch Masquerade Dancer
Ashley Wallen Masquerade Dancer
Gavin Wilkinson Masquerade Dancer
Joanna Woodliffe Masquerade Dancer
Scott Wyer Masquerade Dancer
Nigel Wright Conductor

Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director,Screenwriter
Jeff Abberley Executive Producer
Anna Behlmer Sound/Sound Designer
Julia Blackman Executive Producer
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Cinesite Special Effects
Keith Cousins Executive Producer
Peter Darling Choreography
Tony Dawe Sound/Sound Designer
Louise Goodsill Executive Producer
Tommy Gormley Asst. Director
David Grindrod Casting
Paul Hitchcock Executive Producer
Antony Hunt Executive Producer
Ralph Kamp Executive Producer
Paul Kirby Art Director
John Mathieson Cinematographer
Andy Nelson Sound/Sound Designer
David Pearson Asst. Director
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Terry Rawlings Editor,Production Designer
Eli Richbourg Executive Producer
Austin Shaw Executive Producer
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Nigel Stone Cinematographer
Andrew Lloyd Webber Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
Nigel Wright Musical Direction/Supervision

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Public Auction [3:42]
2. Overture [3:44]
3. New Owners and Patron (Hannibal) [4:58]
4. Think of Me (I): Opera Ghost [4:26]
5. Think of Me (II) [4:56]
6. Angel of Music [4:11]
7. Little Lotte [2:34]
8. The Mirror [2:21]
9. The Phantom of the Opera [3:33]
10. The Music of the Night [6:37]
11. Magical Lasso [2:38]
12. I Remember/Stranger Than You Dreamt It [3:46]
13. Notes [7:28]
14. Prima Donna [3:34]
15. Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh [3:01]
16. Death From Above [4:09]
17. Why Have You Brought Me Here?/Raoul, I've Been There [2:54]
18. All Is Ask of You [5:29]
19. All I Ask of You Reprise [2:26]
20. Masquerade [5:44]
21. Why So Silent? [3:36]
22. Madame Giry's Tale [4:14]
23. Journey to the Cemetery [3:30]
24. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again [4:08]
25. Wandering Child [1:37]
26. Crossing Swords [2:06]
27. We Have All Been Blind [4:04]
28. Don Juan [2:48]
29. The Point of No Return [5:34]
30. Chandelier Chaos [2:53]
31. Down Once More/Track Down This Murderer [2:56]
32. The Point of No Return Reprise [5:22]
33. A Kiss and a Ring [3:49]
34. Music Over [2:31]
35. Their Beloved [1:42]
36. End Credits (Learn to Be Lovely) [7:30]

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The Phantom of the Opera 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 274 reviews.
ClassicRock_Chick More than 1 year ago
Phantom of the Opera is very deep and emotional. I give props to anyone who can watch that movie and not cry. The story obviously intrigues people since it's been the best selling musical ever and the question was could this movie hold up to that masterpiece? The answer is yes! The actors voices are amazing! At the time, the lead characters weren't big names. In fact most of the cast wasn't which really added to the feeling of reality to the movie. The acting was so well done. This movie brought the scenes from the play to life! It is truly one of the best movies I have ever seen. All the elements that make this movie fantastic go hand in hand, from love to singing to revenge. It all just goes so well together. I recommend this movie to everyone!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie in theaters four times and I never got sick of it! Gerard Butler is the best Phantom ever, his voice has so much raw emotion that you'll love him right away... I already know several people who are already in love with him! Emmy Rossum is a wonderful Christine, her age matches the innocence and purity of her voice, I say bravo! Patrick Wilson is the best Raoul in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD, when he and Emmy were singing 'All I Ask of You' I was melting away... (seeing that I prefer Raoul to the Phantom, and I know several people who disagree with me) he sounds as good as he looks! ^_^ Everyone else did wonderful jobs with their parts (Minnie, Miranda, Jennifer, etc.) once again, bravo to you all on such a wonderful job! The sets and costumes were amazing and the music is unforgetable... you'll be singing the music for weeks, I promise you that!!! This movie is everything you could ever imagine in a Phantom movie... characters who bring lots of emotion to their roles, a cute Phantom and Raoul, and a Christine with the voice of an angel! I will definetly be buying this movie when it comes out in May, no doubt about that... this will be a classic in the years to come!!! ^_^
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont know what to say. I saw the phantom of the opera for the first time (this movie) and wa instantly hooked. Everything was awsome! My previous school year i had the opperitunity to go see the play but had no idea what it was about, i didn't go... boy was that the most stupid thing i EVER did! thats all that comes to mind is WOW!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen the Musical twice and absolutely did not want to see the movie, as I thought that it would deterrerate the quality of the stage production. My lesson after being dragged to the movie? Musicals and Movies are two different arts. Yes they can be similar, but really, with the musical you become part of the audience and so you feel connected to the musical in some way (assuming you do like Phantom), but with the movie, the very little computer graphics they did were enhancements. The mirror tricks and such, they do that on the stage as well. Really though, I like the added scenes, such as the grave yard and such. The only real quality singer I found in the movie was the girl that played Christine. The good thing I'll say with the Phantom's voice was that he doesn't sound as fatherly as Michael Crawford did...Movie Phantom sounded more like he was in love with Christine. Now if you actually read the BOOK you'll understand why they added the scenes in the movie to enhance the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The original cast soundtrack would blare out of a boom box in my '88 drama club meetings. I finally got to see it on Broadway (in the nose bleed section) in '96. This movie is just as heart stopping as the original cast music and the broadway show itself! From the moment the Chandelier lifts and the dust is blown away from the seats- to the mysterious end and the music box! I can't stop telling everyone they should see this movie and I can NOT wait to purchase it on DVD!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have seen the stage performance twice and the movie several times. The operatic voices of Patrick Wilson and teenager, Rossum, were clear and lyrical. Minnie Driver was the surprise since I didn't know she could sing. I had seen Gerard Butler as a folk singer in other films. His voice has a dark, earthy quality that fits the phantom. Some say that he doesn't compare to the more operatic phantoms. He was good enough for Andrew Lloyd Weber so for me, too. Any question of his acting ability is resolved in the roof scene when he is grieving and then expresses that grief in anger.
Orla More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful movie. I cannot stop watching it. This movie captivated me during the first few minutes. It's magical. This is a musical for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw it, it instantly became my favourite movie. I love the music, the cast is amazing. I'm constantly singing or humming the songs. This movie is definitely a must see and a must buy. Its vital for any true music lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard that Phantom was coming to theaters, I was a little doughtful. Would it be true to the original? But when I saw it, all my fears slipped away. BEAUTIFUL!!!! Though the voices are no where near the original cast, I am quite pleased with the new version of The Phantom of the Opera. The fact that all the cast (almost) sings their parts helped me get used to the idea of them replacing Crawford, Brightman, and Barton. (was it me or was Butler a little hard on the pronuncation of his sylables?)(and though she has a sweet voice, Rossum's words were almost inaudible at the end of "Angel of Music (The Mirror)". Her soprano voice dosent seem to be able to handle words when singing higher in her register. She did a wonderful job acting and her singing was good but she could have brought a little more depth in her voice (including a little more opera)) Any ways, Minnie Driver did NOT sing the part of la Charlotta. It was actually the lady (i cant remember her name!) who sings the part of the confident in "Il Muto". Driver does sing "Learn TO Be Lonely" at the end credits and does a lovely job. I still love the movie dispite its tiny musical problems (again, it could just be me)(I am sorry if anyone disagrees with me on the Butler and Rossum comments, but i just like everything to be perfect.I have played the part of Christine myself and used Brightman as my model, so i am spoiled in a way.) Sincerely, Seventeen year old Angel of Music
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brava! This is a film everyone should see. Christine fitted the role and sung the parts well (although my opera-singer freind didn't think her voice had enough power to get through that theatre), the Phantom was surprisingly good (how does he keep that mask on, anyway?)... but Raoul's hair-do had somthing in want. I knew the plot, but I began to have new doubts about how the whole thing would end. The ending that acually HAPPENED ws excuisite (and quite charming as well). I was, overall, very impressed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the movie. Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum are breathtaking together. The Phantom won my heart. The music and performances are amazing. I can't wait to see the stage production. This is now my all time favorite movie. This is a must see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw "The Phantom of the Opera" on stage over ten years ago when I was in high school, and I absolutely loved it (except there was a lady with really big hair sitting in front of me, blocking my view). A year after I saw "Phantom" on stage I had to read the book for my English class (and I loved it!!). I rented this movie this past weekend, and I fell in love all over again with this beautiful story (and I had an unobstructed view!!). Emmy Rossum as Christine and Patrick Wilson as Raoul were amazing (LOVED them singing "All I Ask")! I was also impressed with Miranda Richardson as Mme. Giry and Minnie Driver (who by the way was hilarious!) as "La" Carlotta. I was especially impressed with Gerard Butler as Erik. My heart broke in Erik's last scene when he sadly sings, "Masquerade...paper faces on parade," after letting Christine and Raoul go. My heart broke for Erik, and always has when seeing the musical and when reading the book. (Mr. Butler has now earned himself a great fan in me!) I will admit I was very skeptical that the movie would not do the stage production justice, however I withdraw my skepticism. This movie should be required viewing just as much as the book should be (if it's not in every high school senior English class) required reading. Because of this movie, I have dusted off ten years' worth of dust from my old "Phantom of the Opera" paperback, and have enjoyed reading it everyday since! My love for this story has been renewed, and thanks to this movie I won't have to spend a small fortune to see the story played out on the stage, just to have a woman with hair the size of a mountain sitting in the row in front of me, blocking my view. I do have advice for those of you who will watch this movie: have some tissues ready and available, this movie will move you to tears (but in a good way).
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best movie EVER!!!! the music, the passion, the danger..... the first time i saw it, i was on the egde of my seat the whole time, my mouth (literally) hanging open. i had never even heard the music before and was so astounded. i know this sounds cheesy, but it spoke to my soul- deeply. i cry every time i see it- and i dont cry easily... personally, i have heard the original broadway cast CD and the singers for the movie fit the parts much better. i dont know what to say, only that this is a definate MUST see movie (especially for girls). honestly- it is so romantic
Guest More than 1 year ago
First time I had seen any production of Phantom, and have become utterly obsessed since. The songs were beautiful, the casting superb, and the talent of the vocals were overwhelming. Though for all it's brilliance I must confess my dissapointment of Christine's final decision. I believe Phantom summed up the relationship (Christine and Raoul) after being betrayed by the only person he ever loved, "He was bound to love you, when he heard you sing, Christine."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never saw the Broadway musical before but the previews looked so good for this movie, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. They say you'll never forget you're first time you see the Phantom, but it on the screen or on the stage...and I totally agree! Gerard Butler is awesome and hey he's cute too! Emmy Rossum had a wonderful singing voice. There was nothing like seeing it on this huge screen in the movie theater making it quite alive and well. Did I mention Gerard Butler's hot? Anyway, you’re heart goes out to the Phantom, I mean he represents everything in ourselves that we believe that others could never love. In a small or huge way we all can relate to him. The book, in my opinion, is horrible!! I don't know how A.L. Webber made such beautiful music and was able to take such a romantic spin to such a book. Well it turned out to be a must see. I mean, Gerard Butler's hot! Well...with the mask on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great film! I just feel sorry for the phantom, first raoul's character stole christine, then raoul's voice stole the show.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is just as great as the play. The actors doing their own singing what a talented cast.Sometimes the movie doesn't live up to the standards of a play, It was great to see that not only did it live up to the broadway play, but it can stand alone. What a great romance.True Love what can you say about it, you cry,you laugh,you get angry but through it all you live to love.Poor phantom he never learned to live and love so sad to always walk in shadows and illusions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough about this beautiful movie. I have never seen the stage version of Phantom and had little interest in seeing the movie since I don't normally choose musicals. Something about the DVD cover kept pulling me towards it, though, and finally I took it home. The movie and performances are just breathtaking. From the moment Emmy Rossum begins "Think of Me," I was spellbound by this film. Rossum's singing throughout is literally spine-tingling, and Butler's acting and singing is moving, intense, and emotional. I know this movie is pure fantasy, but Butler's performances in the rooftop scene and in the "Masquerade" reprisal are so emotionally believable and wrenching, they had me in tears. And Butler's and Rossum's "Point of No Return" performance is just about the most sensual scene in any movie I have ever seen. To sing AND to act must be hugely difficult, but Butler pulls it off completely, and Rossum is wonderful, too. Hard to believe she was just 17 when this was made. The movie just looks and sounds wonderful in every way imaginable. Good, good movie, and so well done! From a Brand New Phantom Fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie since STAR WARS! A friend and I watched it on a Saturday night, by Monday I had the sound track, and by that time the next week I had ordered this DVD and the original novel. It's the kind of passionate yet clean movie a group of teenaged girls can watch three times in less than 24 hours (believe me--we did). Any movie buff, arts critic, or romantic dreamer will flip for it like I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved this play from the start! The movie only illuminates it more. Gerard Butler as the Phantom gives a darker side to the Opera Ghost!! Emmy Rossum,well what can one say only that her performance as Christine is comparable to Sarah Brightmans. I didn't believe that anyone could top Sarah Brightmans performance as the young Christine,but Lloyd Webber has done it once again in hand-picking his star of the movie version just as he did for the play. The music is haunting and you find yourself days later humming or singing the music. The sets on this movie were spectacular,particularly the one at the masquerade.From the first sound of Emmy Rossums 'Think of Me' you are captivated and she draws you in to her story. I particularly loved the scene on the Paris Opera House roof,when Christine(Emmy Rossum) and Raoul(Patrick Wilson)share a romantic moment with 'All I Ask' as the Phantom who has an unquenchable love for the pretty young Christine and seethes with jealousy for her obvious love for Raoul watches from within the shadows. The catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House are dank and eerie,but you cannot resist the temptation to keep watching. Finally, the music....classic Lloyd Webber....haunting,reverberating, captivating certainly on the same level of composing as Rodgers and Hammerstein.That is truly a compliment because there are not many broadway composers that one could compare to!! All I can say is see this movie,you will then want to own it and it will be a welcome addition to your video library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! when i first heard of the movie i didn't think very high of it how interesting could a movie be about a guy that falls in love with a beautiful girl but she won't have him because she loves another guy and the phantom's deformed. Well finally my couson talked me into watching it and i was up the whole night rewatching it and trying to memorize the lyrics. I was addicted now a little while later i have the movie, i'm reading the book, i own both the soundtrack for the movie and the orignal brodway, i have the piano music, and i just ordered the music for the flute! The acting was beyond astounding Gerard Butler did a wonderful, Emmy Rosson can sing and act and Patrick Wilson really is good for someone who doesn't play a very good part. One of my favorite parts was when the phantom takes christine down to "the dungeons of his black despair" and sings music of the night each time he sings it and hits the part with soar in ti i close my eyes and i don't breathe. Sure everyone at school things i'm crazy and that i need help but i just feel strongly about an amazing mysterious love triangle story. My one thing that being a good critic i know that you should always say something you didn't like to so here it goes it was really hard to figure out something that i din't like but my only concern is though gerard butler is super hot he didn't exaclty have the same power behind his voice has Michael Crwaford did. Oh well love both the brodway (soundtrack) and everything about the movie i can't complain. Phantom Phan's Unite!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How do I start? The movie and the music was beautiful, it showed how talent exisits in one human. Patrick Wilson, aka Raoul, was cute! Emmy Rossem, aka Christine, was such a hit, her voice blew me away like the song "Angels" by Jessica Simpson. And let's not forget the real star: Gerard Butler, aka The Phantom, really made the show with his powerful vocals and dare I say how he can pull off the mask and dark make-up great, almost like Johnny Depp! Buy this movie, people, its really cool, and if you don't at least agree with my recomendations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the greatest movie i hace ever seen. i watch it over and over and over ect. i am obsessed with this movie. i cant stop watching it. i sooo badly want to see it live but i dont think its gonna come here for quite a while. i bought this movie on dvd because i just couldnt wait any longer to record it on t.v. im glad that i got the wide screen too because if i didnt i wouldnt have gotten the extra features (which i cant stop watching either). i hope that if i do get the chance to see it live that i can meet the actors and actresses. sometimes i have cried because i so badly want to see it live. i say that this movie is better than the original ones because the phantom's deformed face does NOT look fake. i love the way gerard butler sings to sound english when he is scottish. watch this movie it will blow you away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a lot better than I thought it would be. A great Dramatic, Romantic, Fanatsy Movie. It was great although it did not go along with the book...But oh well! Who Cares! I thought that this movie was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Phantom of the Opera does not disappoint. The cinematography was superb, the music magnificent, and the singing angelic. I have not seen previous Phantom films so I could not critique the Phantom in this one but he was magnificent in my opinion. I will go out and buy this dvd for my collection.