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Love Never Dies [DVD]

Ben Lewis , Anne O'Byrne , Emma J. Hawkins    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ben Lewis, Anne O'Byrne, Simon Gleeson, Ky Baldwin, Maria Mercedes
  • Directors: Emma J. Hawkins
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Icelandic
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005QVR3WG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,700 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It was always going to be a bold and potentially divisive move to attempt to follow-up a spectacular musical success such as The Phantom Of The Opera. Yet that’s what Andrew Lloyd Webber decided to do, when he picked up the story ten years afterwards, for Love Never Dies. On stage, the show is technically demanding and visually stunning, whilst keeping a surprisingly intimate love story at its core. And the transferring of the production to Blu-ray has worked surprisingly well. If you’re wary of dry recreations of musicals on disc, then worry not: Love Never Dies is presented exceptionally well.

There’s one element of the disc release in particular that it’s worth dwelling on, and that’s the audio. The exceptional surround sound mix featured on the disc is terrific and engulfing, and adds terrifically to the on-screen visuals. You can’t ever recreate the feeling of watching something like Love Never Dies in a packed auditorium, yet this release runs it surprisingly close.

What’s also included is a look at the making of the show in the first place. This is quite an insightful piece, filling in some of the background to Love Never Dies, and what brought it to life in the first place. It complements the main feature very well.

And that main feature? Love Never Dies, perhaps inevitably, never reaches quite the same heights as Phantom. But it does still work, really very well. It’s a welcome extension to the story, with music that’s set to stick in your head for some time afterwards. Recommended. --Jon Foster

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful production of a wonderful show 13 Mar 2012
Format:DVD
Watched the new DVD of "Love Never Dies" last night. Fantastic production but very different from the concept album that I'm very familiar with and also different from the London production I saw a couple of years ago.

Great casting of The Phantom and Christine, perfect for portraying who they have become in this story but I was none too sure about Meg Giry, supposedly Coney Island's "Ooh La Lah Girl". Raoul and Madame Giry seemed about right and the freaks who serve as narrators of a sort throughout the story were wonderful.

While I was a little disappointed with their take on "Devil Take the Hindmost", in which The Phantom did not seem to be goading Raoul quite enough, I thought their interpretation of "Beneath a Moonless Sky" and "Beauty Underneath" were amazing!

Fabulous sets and costumes really seemed to capture the essence of the story and the subtle updatings of The Phantom's wardrobe made more sense, I thought, than the London production where he seemed to be dressed exactly the same as he was in Paris ten years previously - a very different time and place.

Some interesting changes to the plot cleared up some of the less plausible aspects of the original story and filled in a few plot-holes while only managing to create one new one which I thought was fairly good going. I was interested to see that some of the lyrics remain the same but are now sung by different characters in different contexts whereas others seem completely re-written, retaining only the tune and the basic theme of the originals. There was also much more use of refrains and "samples" from the original "Phantom of the Opera" to which this is a sequel. The London production did this too but with different pieces at different points in the story and to a much lesser extent.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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As a huge fan of 'Phantom of the Opera', I went to see 'Love Never Dies' as soon as it opened in London. At the end, I left the theatre feeling more than a little bemused and a tad disappointed. The performances were excellent, (Ramin Karimloo) but the plot seemed to contradict 'Phantom' in several puzzling aspects, and parts of the production, notably the climax, were oddly limp. I do understand that, later, the London production was improved and re-jigged (sadly, I missed my chance to see it), but this Melbourne production is just something else! An absolute knock-out with fantastic, imaginative staging and all the emotion that the London preview production I saw didn't quite deliver. The music is stunning, the leads are powerful and it's one of the most visually exciting pieces I've seen in a long while.

Please bring the Melbourne re-staging to London! In the meantime, I thoroughly recommend this DVD.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Never Dies Reinvented on Bluray 17 Feb 2012
Format:Blu-ray
This new production of Love Never Dies and its presentation on Bluray HD is brilliant with stunning cinematography. The new production is taut and fluid and the storyline and characters interactions make a lot more sense. The humanity(and frailty)of the characters is developed, particularly the Phantom. The production has strong musical integrity and the Australian cast across the board is brilliant. The DVD/BD is set to inject the production with a new international life.
Seen the London production and twice in Australia, and have the Bluray. Many people have dismissed the original LND production and the subsequent reworked UK version based on what seems to be a fear that somehow the original "Phantom of the Opera" was compromised. This Australian version has not been seen in London - it was redesigned,choreographed and generally reinvigorated in Australia to huge success on the stage. Hopefully people will view this DVD(or better still BD) with an open mind, and that the success this version has already had, will encourage Lloyd-Webber to open it on Broadway and maybe even again in the UK. As far as the DVD goes, I have no doubt this will be considered one of the best filmed versions of a staged production!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wizards of Oz 14 Mar 2012
Format:DVD
When Andrew Lloyd Webber announced a 'Phantom' sequel, I thought that he was a little cavalier about tinkering with the 'single biggest piece of entertainment in history'. Of course, it was his to tinker with but was it best left alone? Unfortunately, when 'Love Never Dies' hit the London stage, it got mixed reviews and a concerted campaign from 'phans' who thought that 'love should die' didn't help either. I only saw 'Love Never Dies' in preview in London - I didn't see the revised version.

The Melbourne production is, however, extremely good. The leap from the London preview version to this one is big. A lot of the improvements may have ended up later in London, but the issues with the original book have been skilfully tackled. The premise for getting Christine to sing in America; the musical and theatrical links to 'Phantom of the Opera; the ending. All of these are so much better in this production.

I always thought that Andrew Lloyd Webber's score for this production contains some of his finest work. It was such a shame that he was let down by the creative team in London. I am sure that if the Melbourne production had been the one that originally opened in London - it would still be running now to packed houses. If Charles Hart had been hired to write the lyrics from 'Day 1' and the production team, who are undoubtedly 'Wizards of Oz' had also been on board, this show would be packing them in on Broadway too by now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It makes PERFECT Sense!
I saw The Phantom of the Opera when I was 12, and I heard the Original London Cast Recording of Love Never Dies when I was 16. By then my life had gone through some MAJOR changes. Read more
Published 11 days ago by TBUGoth
5.0 out of 5 stars Opera at its most captivating best
Wow what a follow up,this opera is so colourful ,and enjoyably captivating a wonderful night viewing on those dark winter days. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pol
2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment
I loved phantom ( original) especially the film version which I thought was excellent
However the songs are not memorable at all and the casting of Raul whose so short... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gavin Fereira
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not watch if you like the original production
Literally this was the worst, the actual worst, who thought this was a good idea? I don't know where the characterisations went, maybe the same place that decent musical numbers... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hazel Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item well packed
Really enjoyed this. Not as good as phantom however still really good value for money and would recommend this Item
Published 2 months ago by Jason r bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars love never dies
saw this in London when it first went on stage and enjoyed it so couldn't wait for it to be released as a dvd bought it now bought it for a freind
Published 2 months ago by Mrs S K Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I saw the UK show when it first opened in London. Despite the negative critical reviews I personally thought it was superb. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Coast guard
3.0 out of 5 stars should have stuck to my theory that follow ups dont follow their...
Had the opportunity to be good, but missed the target. songs boring, storyline predictable and monotonus (sp) did not hold up on the promise and brilliance of phantom
Published 2 months ago by Mrs HS Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars love never dies
I will give it five stars even know I haven't watched it yet,being a Lloyd webber production I am sure it will be good
Published 3 months ago by jason curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars playes well
I would of like to see this opera live the west end "it's all so beautiful" I especially like the song devil take the hind most
Published 3 months ago by James
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