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The Phantom of the Opera: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004) Deluxe Edition, Soundtrack, Special Edition

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  • Audio CD (6 Dec. 2004)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Soundtrack, Special Edition
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B000679OH2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Phantom of the Opera: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2004)

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For better or worse, Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation of Gaston Leroux's gothic horror/romance novel has done for stage musicals what Spielberg's Jaws did for fish stories, with worldwide sales of its original cast album approaching 25 million. While director Joel Schumacher's film turns on his typically ambitious visual verve, its new film soundtrack recording has been paradoxically focused in scope, yet beefed up dynamically via the brawny presence of a hundred piece orchestra and The London Boys Choir. This double-disc version showcases all of Phantom's songs, with Gerard Butler imparting a welcome, youthful sensuality to his Phantom, making a fine foil for Emily Rossum's ever-conflicted Christine. Original show orchestrator David Cullen has fashioned compelling new contemporary arrangements to frame Webber's songs--which now conclude with the lilting, upbeat new ballad he wrote for the film, "Learn to Be Lonely," sung by Minnie Driver's Carlotta. --Jerry McCulley

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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.
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WOW!!!

I am NOT a fan of opera at all but like another reviewer said, I saw the film and simply HAD to get the soundtrack! I actually borrowed the single disc version from my daughter's friend, but was left wanting to hear all the little bits and pieces that pop up throughout the movie between scenes.

For instance when Christine first wakes up in the Phantom's lair and removes his mask. She sings a beautiful song which, (in true Andrew Lloyd Webber style!), becomes a very dramatic piece when the mask is gone and the Phantom gets just a li'l bit cross!

Also missing from the single disc version is the piece sung by the Phantom immediately following Masquerade, when he walks in wearing that wonderful red get-up! (It's called 'Why So Silent' if that helps!)

If you are a fan of the film, or Gerard Butler, or both, (like me!), you will absolutely love this edition. This CD set is pretty much the whole film! The film runs at about 130 minutes and this CD runs at 120! All the bits and pieces are here, they've left nothing out!

People have critisized Butler's singing performance and I would like to have my 2 pennies worth if I may. Andrew Llyod Webber and Joel Schumacher chose Gerard BECAUSE of his voice and acting abilities, (and because he cuts a mighty fine figure on the screen too!) A.L.W wanted the Phantom to have, and I quote..."A rock and roll quality"...And also, let's not forget, the Phantom is a man who is just a tad bonkers from living such a deprived, loveless life. If you loved someone as much as he does Christine, your voice might wobble and growl if her fiance kept turning up at inappropriate moments!

Personally, (and I may be biased), I much prefer Gerard's singing to that of Michael Crawford. (I grew up worshipping M.
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Well, I have the collectors edition, full soundtrack...the whole thing! And, just like the film, this is five stars out of five! It's so amazing. I went to the cinema to see the film, twice! And then as soon as I could, I bought the soundtrack off amazon. I have never seen the show but have heard the songs, and the quality of the music on this CD is so so sooo much better! The singing is also absolutely brilliant. It's definately WELL WORTH you're money buying this. I don't listen to much else. I have also now bought the DVD and I know it's going to be among the most watched of all my DVD's. If you haven't seen the film OR the show, then watch one of them, though both would be better. Then buy this soundtrack, it's well worth it! I even know of people who haven't seen either but bought the soundtrack anyway, and even they love it!
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After seeing the the phantom of the opera for the first time, I was convinced that I HAD TO buy the soundtrack, even if it was only for 'the phantom of the opera' song which I couldn't get out of my head! But when I went to the shop I discovered all the normal versions were sold out (which I was originally hoping to buy) I instead bought this version, and I'm glad I did!
Before getting it I knew there were more songs, but I never realised this included all the talking, and sworfights, and practically the whole film! I was over the moon, and still am, because I love this CD! Their are no bad songs, and not only do you get to dance along to your favourites, there is also the whole story in the film, which really takes me back to the cinema where I first watched it, in my mind I could see everything happeneing again.
The best songs in my opinion are:
Overture/Hannibal - The first song I heard when I went to see it, it is so extremely catchy, and if you have see the film I think you will all agree that the scene where the chandeliar goes up and the screen changes to colour is amazing.
The Phantom Of The Opera - The main reason I bought the soundtrack in the first place, very catchy song.
Masquerade - This is really catchy although very...weird!
The Point Of No Return - I loved this song from the fisrt moment I heard it.
Down Once More - Another song that I keep relistening to, you can really feel the phantoms sorrow in this one.
Learn To Be Lonely - This is such a sad and beautiful song, it really fits in with teh phantoms life, though I can't remeber hearing it in the cinema? Weird.
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