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This review is from: The Phantom of the Opera (The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Audio CD)
I own the original cast from 1986, the 'regular' POTO movie sound track, and this one. I like all three, but I do suggest that if you want more than just the highlights, stick with either the original cast or the 'special extended' version of the movie soundtrack.
The regular movie soundtrack (in effect, highlights) goes manage to get all of the major songs and music in, but the CD is maddeningly incomplete. Just as you expect a bit more, a better transition, more music, more singing, more of the plot, it just isn't there.
However, it's pretty much all here in the extended version, including the song added for the movie (which should have won the Academy Award for best song).
I suppose the arguing as to which version, stage or screen, has the better voices, presentation, and so on will go on for years.
I must admit that, though Michael Crawford has a more 'professional' signing voice, I prefer the raw emotion that Gerald Butler puts into his version of the Phantom.
Perhaps it has to do with the fact that Crawford felt a need to 'protect' his voice, since he is a professional signer. Bulter isn't, so he can belt out a number like there's no tomorrow.
Emmy Rossum is a delight in the role of Christine. She's absolutely gorgeous, and has such a pretty, youthful voice. She sounds young, as she's supposed to sound. Sarah Brightman's voice is more mature, which doesn't fit the roles as well, in my opinion.
Patrick Wilson's Raoul does a good job, though he is one of film's greatest wimps. In 'All I Ask of You', his voice matches Emmy's very well, and it's a memorable performance.
A word, too, for the two junk (make that 'scrap metal') dealers who buy the opera house. Ciarán Hinds and Simon Callow play Firmin and Andre, respectively, and they do a wonderful job in their roles, minor as they may be. You certainly can believe that they are indeed 'amateurs', and are quickly over their heads with a both a diva and a ghost to contend with.
This is such a pleasure. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2009 7:06:11 PM PDT
Tonniette Cisneros says:
I lived in England when the play first went on and while tickets were hard to come by ,the soundtrack wasn't...this film is good but I would agree if you are going for the music ,stick to the original.
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