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The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Gerard Butler , Emmy Rossum , Joel Schumacher  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,361 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson, Miranda Richardson, Minnie Driver
  • Directors: Joel Schumacher
  • Writers: Joel Schumacher, Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Producers: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Austin Shaw, Paul Hitchcock, Ralph Kamp, Jeff Abberley
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,361 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNII
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,899 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Phantom of the Opera (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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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.

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159 of 163 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
As a qualifier, I am an avid musical theatre fan and classically trained singer. Back in the 80s, I couldn't be bothered with seeing Phantom, partly because I was too busy going to show after show of Les Miserables, but mostly because I couldn't picture Michael Crawford as anything other than Cornelius, the wussy shop boy in Hello Dolly. His voice is nicely trained but his upper register is just simply annoying. I'm sorry to all his fans, but in my musical mind tenor does not equal dark and mysterious and emotionally tortured. The anger expressed by phans over casting the originals is just silly! Who wants to watch a 61-year old lusting after an older teenager? That is not entertainment, that is just gross...anyway, after relentless hounding by my niece, I broke down and took her to NYC to see it. It was wonderfully entertaining and I was glad to have gone.

Ranting over, on with the good stuff. The movie is an absolutely over-the-top, spectacle in everything (AS IT SHOULD BE, FOLKS!) We're dealing with 19th century, gothic romance and a musical score that is closer to opera than not.

Honestly, what else could you expect?

The visual aspects of the movie are rich and sensual and draw the viewer into 19th century Paris. From the opening crack of the auction gavel to the end scenes of phantom disappearing into the emptiness of his life, I found myself ignoring the actors to "let the spectacle astound" me.

The performances were very good with moments of brilliance for some. I'll save the best for last, so...

MIRANDA RICHARDSON-MADAME GIRY-wonderfully mysterious, has great empathy for phantom, yet realizes he must be stopped. Any cast is improved by her presence.
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859 of 917 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PHANTOM is a solid and spectacular film musical December 25, 2004
Many people will look at this film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical spectacular, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA with mixed emotions. There are people who will be upset that Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford, who played the original Christine and Phantom respectively, were not allowed to recreate their signature roles. There will also be people who'll be disappointed that this version is not a literal translation of the stage musical. Finally, we have the critics of both Webber and director Joel Schumacher, who have both been accused of wretched excess in previous projects in their individual careers. Taken as a film version however, this PHANTOM stands the test of time, not only as a wonderful musical film, but as one of the more faithful versions of Gaston Laroux's romance/horror novel.

Starting with a black and white prologue, the film tells the story of budding opera star Christine Daae and the two men who fight for her heart: the noble Viscount who she knew in childhood, and the mysterious Phantom of the Paris Opera House who hides his ugliness behind a half-mask while sponsoring Christine's career. Like the stage production, this film is awash in glorious colors and sets that would put many epics to shame. It's well balanced by solid performances that help propel the romantic, if melodramatic, story along.

Gerard Butler makes for a wonderfully dark and obsessive Phantom, while allowing the character to retain the audience's sympathy. Miranda Richardson is solid as the dour Madame Giry, who knows the Phantom's secret. Minnie Driver easily gets the most laughs as the over-bearing diva, Carlotta. (It's interesting to note that Ms. Driver's singing is dubbed in the film proper, while she actually sings the new closing credits melody "Learn to be Lonely.
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195 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, romantic and truly memorable............ February 18, 2005
Format:DVD
You know that a movie works when it follows you long after you've left the movie theater. I saw the Broadway tour of "Phantom of the Opera" a few years ago and it has been my favorite musical since. I love it more than Cats, 42nd Street, West Side Story, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon...you name it. Its romanticism and beautiful songs just blew me away.

I was then somewhat hesitant to see the film version, fearing that it would not live up to my expectations. A little over two hours later and I found myself crying over the Phantom (Gerard Butler) and his love for the young Christine Daae (Emmy Rossum) as she decides between him or the nobleman Raoul (Patrick Wilson).

In short, I love this movie! It was everything I had hoped it to be and more. The story is faithful to the stage version but it also gives the audience a closer look into the lives of the three main characters. The art direction, sets and costumes are resplendent and breath-taking. And the songs are brought to life superbly by the talented cast of young newcomers (Rossum, Wilson) and film veterans (Miranda Richardson, Ciaran Hinds, Simon Callow).

I know many would argue that Michael Crawford was a superb Phantom...that is, except for me. I always felt that Crawford's voice was too high-pitched and not manly enough. To me, Gerard Butler is more effective Phantom. Apart from being incredibly handsome (under that make-up), tall and well built, he also has this rough and raspy voice that is very masculine and full of passion. He IS the Phantom! Emmy Rossum has a hauntingly beautiful voice and has an innocence and sweetness that fits perfectly for Christine. Her voice gives me goosebumps! Patrick Wilson's romantic voice contrasts well with that of the Phantom's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved, loved it!
Love these voices better than any other Phantom of the Opera singers. I believe they did an outstanding job. I do not understand why it did not get better reviews. Just Angelic!
Published 10 hours ago by joseph edward bishop jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Fantastic from stage to screen rendition. If you are A Phantom lover you won't be disappointed. Great actors great cinematic imagery. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Ava
4.0 out of 5 stars Good rainy day movie/musical
Good movie/musical for the screen, but not as good as the stage version obviously. It's not a bad back up.
Published 4 days ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Phantom of the Opera
A friend loaned me her DVD back when it first came out. I think I watched it 4 times in 5 days. I absolutely loved the movie. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ginni Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Nighttime sharpens...
If the phantom in my make believe world had to be handsome, he would look like Gerald Butler. Christine looked wonderful too. Read more
Published 5 days ago by gadget annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done.
The acting was good, the music superb, and the story line interesting. The best modern musical I have seen so far.
Published 5 days ago by G. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars My Fave
Okay, some of you may have your negative comments about the singing and compare it to the original stage actors/singers for Andrew Lloyd Webber. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Sherry Laflamme
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies ever made!
Words can not say how good this movie is,gerard butler is the best phantom ever,emmy rossum is the best christine too hope they make the love never dies with them soon!!!
Published 8 days ago by Matt93
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
I love this movie! The music stays with you!
I was surprised that Gerard Butler was the
main male character. He CAN sing!
I watch it over and over again!
Published 8 days ago by dogsRtheBEST
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best production
This movie was misscast. Therefore it was doomed from the start. I suppose that the actors cast did the best they could.
Published 9 days ago by Cornelia Gamble
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