The title of this review pretty much sums up my opinion. The music on this CD is undoubtedly brilliant, and I feel that the film version adds an emotional depth to the score and story that wasn't quite so powerfully present in the show version. Michael Crawford was (and is, I suppose) a brilliant singer, but Gerard Butler portrays his character's emotions through his voice and brings the Phantom to life brilliantly- almsot too brilliantly, as I find myself crying every time I listen to this CD. For this reason, I find this version much more enjoyable to listen to than the show version (I admit I own both!) However I would recommend that, if you plan on buying the film soundtrack, you opt fot the 2-disc version over the single disc, as, for only a couple more quid, you get so much more material in the 2-disc edition which brings the depth and range of the score across far more successfully than this one, which is more like a CD of highlights (although in my opinion it leaves out some of the best stuff, for example Wandering Child, which I absolutely adore, and Stranger Than You Dreamt It, which is so amazing, brilliant, emotional and sad that I can't believe they left it out! Both of these only appear on the 2-disc version, which is reason enough to choose it over this one.) Plus, the 2-disc version contains absolutely gorgeous pictures and information in a presentation booklet... :D I would strongly recommend buying the soundtrack- in fact, you're nuts if you don't- but the 2-disc version is, in my opinion, a better, more in-depth listen, and much better value for money when it's only marginally more expensive than the skimpy single disc.