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The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall [Blu-ray]
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I was frightened that this might not be a staging at all, but more along the lines of a "concert in costume" much like the dissapointment I felt when I saw the Les Miserable's concert on Public TV.
Fear not. This production is pretty dead on to the staging that appears in the shows that I have watched live, and considering this was filmed "live" and simulcast, it is truly a sight to behold.
While this performance can't even compare to "being there" it is far removed than the sterile affair put on the screen by Joel Schumaker. Don't get me wrong. There is plenty of things I like about the movie, (like the spine tingling opening sequence, or the red hot sexuality of Point of No Return). But this by far is the most accurate "filming" I have seen of any ALW production.
Unlike Joseph, JC Superstar and CATS, which were "staged" recordings specifically for video, with all the "cuts" that go with it, This is a live filming that was simulcast live around the world on Oct 2, 2011 and ran on limited encore performances in movie theatres for the next few days. There are no "best performances" or "second chances". We get what was actually presented to the audience on Oct 2, and that alone is worth the price of admission.
Due to the height of the roof of the Royal Albert Hall and either logistics or safety concerns revolving around hurling a Chandalier from such a dizzying height, suffice it to say, the chandalier does not crash to the stage at the end of Act 1, nor does it "float" from the stage in it's glory during the overture.Read more ›
What I really loved about this was you truly felt like you were not only there at the Royal Albert Hall, but that you had a front row seat (better than a front row seat even). The close-ups are amazing. And this was not in a concert style format like Les Mis was last year. It was the entire show (nothing left out!!) with the actors actually acting, not just standing at a microphone singing.
The end of the show was just...I still, after two weeks of seeing it cannot even begin to explain the ending/encore. Of course ALW came out and gave a speech and then introduced the original London cast minus Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. I was a little bummed but of course, he announced them after the cast had come out. So great to see both of them and I must say Michael looks as good now as he did in 1986!!! And Sarah...wow. She sings 'Phantom of the Opera' as four past Phantoms (including Colm Wilkinson, John Owen Jones and Anthony Warlow...there was one more but I forgot his name) came out and sang with her. It was great! But that wasn't it. The four Phantoms (plus Ramin) sang the most beautiful version of Music of the Night.Read more ›
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There's nothing not to love about it. The story is great. The actors are great.. The music is great.. It's fantastic! I highly recommend it.Published 3 hours ago by Patricia
Absolutely the best production of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA I have ever seen! I am watching it for the second time. Was thrilled when Andrew Lloyd Weber appeared. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Judy Davis
I was going to order the movie version of Phantom of the Opera, but saw previous reviews on this production. I'm glad I did, I loved it. Very good resolution and sound. Read morePublished 2 days ago by DAG
This. Musical. Movie.
One of the two of my favorite versions of Phantom. I love the actors and actresses who play the characters of Christine, Phantom and just everyone. Read more
Fantastic. The music, the production, the costumes, the orchestra are all superb in this video. This is the best show of this musical tha tI have seen. Love it.Published 4 days ago by Ms Janis V Oates
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I'm sure this is U.S. version (triple play: BD+DVD+digital copy). U.K. version is a double play version (BD+DVD).
Oct 19, 2011 by Y. Park | See all 6 posts
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The official website changed the triple play to a double play because the manufacturer wasn't able to have the digital copy ready by the November release.
It hasn't been confirmed what version we're getting in the US.
Nov 3, 2011 by Missy | See all 10 posts
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