As you can clearly see, I didn’t quite take to this movie, which is a nicer way of saying I was bored out of my mind. That’s not to say there wasn’t anything worth praising. The lavish scenery is presented well, and the overall production is beautifully put together. Even more appealing to the eyes is Emmy Rossum, who plays her part with plenty of emotion and is simply gorgeous to look at (I even found myself looking at her instead of paying attention to the film, which then presented ever more boredom since I had to keep rewinding). Also great is Gerard Butler as the strangely likable Phantom, despite being surprisingly good-looking for a “hideous monster”. There is even some cool style to be found within the directing, although I think I found more to bitch about than to compliment, which is pretty much the same predicament this flick is in. It may be easy on the eyes, but only looking that far seems a little shallow to me. Personally, I think this movie should have stayed hidden in the shadows, just like the Phantom.
Simply contains the Theatrical Trailer, which is actually better than the friggin movie.
Behind the Mask: The Story of “The Phantom of the Opera” (1:04:59): An excellent, in-depth and interview filled documentary detailing the past transition from book to movie to play to musical, etc. If you don’t yet know the story (like I didn’t), it’s a terrific watch (that is, if you have an hour to spare).
The Making of “The Phantom of the Opera”:
- Origins and Casting (17:04): A nice interview-filled look at bringing the musical to the big-screen, and working with the casting (obviously). If you enjoyed the film, you should enjoy this.
- Designing (10:44): Self-explanatory. We get to see plenty of model sized-versions of places like the Opera House. If you’re into stuff the technical aspect behind movies, then check this out.
- Supporting Cast and Recording the Album (17:12): This discusses the music in the movie and some more of the cast. There is even a bit more talk on some technical stuff, such as the chandelier. A nice watch for fans.
EASTER EGG: From disc two, go down and highlight the “Additional Scene”, and then press down. A corner of a frame will be selected, and if you press enter, you will be treated to a humorous “cast and crew sing-a-long”.