First, let's be clear - despite the claim that this is based on Gaston Leroux's novel "The Phantom of the Opera" it is only very loosely based on it. The film opens with Jane Seymour playing the soprano Elena Korvin. Married to the conductor of the opera, she turns down the advances of the Opera's owner, the Baron Hunyadi. Furious, he arranges for the audience to heckle her on her debut. She is so traumatised that she kills herself. Her husband Sandor Korvin then goes off to attack the people who caused her death but is burnt by acid and injured in a fire. Four years later, a new soprano Maria Gianelli is being auditioning as an understudy in the opera. Surprise, surprise, Gianelli is the image of Korvin's dead wife. Oh, and the opera house is in Hungary, not Paris.
Actually, I wouldn't have minded all the above so much if I could just HEAR the dvd. The music frequently drowns out the speech of the actors. But worse than that is the overall static-y quality of the soundtrack. It is really difficult to actually hear anything. Changing the settings didn't help. The sound quality of this dvd is so poor it sounds almost like a bootleg.
One last comment, the dvd title says "The Phantom of the Opera" - what you may not realise is that this is a GERMAN edition of the dvd. Luckily, there is the option to turn on the English soundtrack, but as I say, the sound quality is so poor, it's hardly worth it.
Save your money!