The Phantom of the Opera
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- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 23 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 3, 2005
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Surround 5.1 English
- Dolby Surround 5.1 French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum & Minnie Driver|
|Performer:||Patrick Wilson & Miranda Richardson|
|Directed by||Joel Schumacher|
|Edited by||Terry Rawlings|
|Music by||Simon Lee|
|Screenwriting by||Joel Schumacher|
|Director of Photography:||John Mathieson|
|Executive Production by||Paul Hitchcock & Austin Shaw|
Rating: 2/4 -- The whole production feels cut and pasted, and it doesn't translate well to the big screen... Full Review
Rating: D+ -- Fans of musical theater will work themselves into a lather over Joel Schumacher's by-the-book film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's monotonous play, but most audiences will either fall asleep or hit the cinema doors running. Full Review
Rating: C -- Rossum is a stunning beauty and very effective, but the movie's biggest problem is Butler. He comes off rather dull in a role that requires someone a lot more dynamic. Full Review
Bowling Green Daily News
[T]he lavish production captivates the senses, and the musical and emotional crescendos are overpowering.
Movieline's Hollywood Life
Rating: 3/4 -- A solid retelling of the musical, giving Webber's wonderful music a chance to shine for a wider audience than they ever have before. Full Review
The Dispatch (Lexington, NC)
Rating: C+ -- Fantastic sets, costumes, great art direction and imaginative camera work make this a visually stunning film. The musical score, not so much. Full Review
Laramie Movie Scope
The plot is impressively free of anything that does not smell of unpasteurized melodrama.
Those who thought that smoke machines and cobwebbed candelabras were the stuff of Halloween parties and dance clubs need to think again. In Joel Schumacher's film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, these moody set devices--and countless others--make every scene an atmospheric vision of souped-up 19th-century Gothic bliss. Christine Daee (a luminescent Emmy Rossum) is a tortured young star who is haunted by the voice of the phantom (Gerard Butler--who also played the lead in DRACULA 2000), a musician who hides in the shadows to hide a facial disfigurement, yet sings to her obsessively. Dwelling in the dark, damp chambers beneath the Paris opera house, the phantom lords over the cast and management with artistic autocracy--he writes the shows, casts them, and threatens all who disobey his plans with dramatically violent outbursts. But when his young student Christine falls for the rich and dapper Raoul (Patrick Wilson), the phantom descends into madness. Webber's memorable songs are performed with aplomb by Rossum, whose background includes singing with the Metropolitan Opera, and Wilson and Butler provide ample accompaniment. One of the treats of the proceedings is Minnie Driver's deeply exaggerated portrayal of the jealous diva, giving this PHANTOM a very appropriate dose of comic relief.
Description by Warner Home Video:
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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- Theatrical Release: FEBRUARY 11, 2005
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