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Running Time:
2 hours, 23 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for brief violent images

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
If you loved the show, you'll probably love the movie; otherwise you might find it to be a stylish bore. But there is one magnificent performances - Emily Rossum, whose ethereal beauty and spectacular singing voice are unforgettable.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Franšais; Subtitles: English, Franšais & Espa˝ol; 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.



The Phantom of the Opera
"The Phantom of the Opera" has been a popular subject for film ever since a silent version was made in 1925 with Lon Chaney. It was remade in 1943 with Claude Rains, in 1962 with Herbert Lom, in 1989 with Robert Englund, and in 1999 with Julian Sands. And no wonder; the subject matter is fascinating, and everyone loves a good thriller. A disfigured masked man, (Gerard Butler) wanders about the catacombs under the Paris Opera House. He kidnaps Christine Daae(Emily Rossum), a young member of the opera company, and gives her singing lessons, after convincing her that he is "her angel of music" sent by the deceased father she loved. After some frightening on stage incidents, Christine replaces the Opera Diva Carlotta (Minnie Driver), Paris' most famous opera star. The Phantom thinks he's found love until Christine's childhood friend, Vicomte de Chagny (Patrick Wilson), shows up at the opera house. A fine supporting cast includes Miranda Richardson, Simon Callow and Ciaran Hinds who are all fine, if a little over-the top. But the music soars; the costumes are gorgeous; and the set designs are magnificent. The film was directed by Joel Schumacher (Veronica Guerin} with a screenplay by it's musical creator: Andrew Lloyd Webber. Although "The Phantom of the Opera" is a bit too long, and a bit overproduced, it is still a sumptuous cinematic treat for the ear, the eye, and if you're a romantic, for the heart.






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