Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français)
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Set 10 years later, the Phantom has escaped from Paris to New York where he lives amongst the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. He has finally found a place for his music to soar, all that is missing is his love Christine Daaé. In a bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband Raoul, and their young son Gustave from Manhattan, to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island... they have no idea what lies in store for them... You truly haven't experienced Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies until you see this spectacular new Australian production, filmed at Melbourne's iconic Regent Theatre.
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The plot is set 10 years after the events of the original story and centres around the 3 main characters:
The Phantom (Ben Lewis), now living in New York's Coney Island and owner of "Phantasma", a Coney Island amusement park.
Chrisine Daae (Anna O'Byrne), a famous French soprano. She is summoned by composer Oscar Hammerstein to sing for him in a New York opera house.
Raoul - Vicomte de Chagny, now married to Christine. They have a 10 year old son Gustave. Raoul is now an insecure, bitter alcoholic who is constantly clashing with his young wife.
Also returning from the original story are Meg Giry and Madame Giry. Meg who is no longer a ballerina, she performs in the Phantom's vaudeville show and has dreams of stardom while Madame Giry is a bit more questionable. She remains loyal to the Phantom but questions his motivations and is angered that he shows little interest in Meg.Read more ›
The cast is unsurpassed. Ben Lewis and Anna O'Byrne... Well, I don't think there are words to describe the clarity and passion of their singing. Jack Lyall, who plays Christine's son Gustave, more than kept pace with the adults.
Though I am not fond of the way the writers messed with the characters of Raoul and Meg, I understand why they did, and the two roles were again brilliantly acted by Sharon Millerchip and Simon Gleeson.
The rest of the cast was amazing, as well. I certainly hope they release the soundtrack by the Melbourne company.
The only reason why I give this film 4 stars instead of 5 is that the producers and the director did not elect to digitally remove the ridiculous microphones. They were very distracting, at times taking your eyes from the brilliant performances. Considering how much money the entire franchise has racked in, they could have spent a minuscule portion of the money on removing the unsightly things.
Since there are no previews on amazon, I suggest you find some on You Tube and take a gander.
The ending of this movie is not what I would have wished for, but it was satisfactory. Though not every song is as magical as the ones in the original Phantom, there were several gems that raised the production as a whole.
I do not wish to spoil the movie for those who have not seen it yet, so what else can I say...
I assure you that I'll purchase a copy of this film as soon as it becomes available.
The acting and the sets were authentic....
One should not compare the Stage Play to the Movie Version....or to THE ORIGINAL - PHANTOM OF THE OPERA..IF YOU ARE A FAN...but we all do.
Over the years viewing LIVE STAGE and Movie Versions ..I have come to be Passonate for ALL the versions of SIR Andrew Lloyd
Webbers works ! Take and embrace each on their own...IF you are a true fan.....
We will always have biases for performers...The Original Stage Play with Miss SARA BRIGHTMAN and MICHAEL CRAWFORD ..will remain with me Forever....but I was touched by many others in their roles as well.
I do not wish to give this performance away....But I Believe You will be thrilled and moved by Ben Lewis and Anne O'Byrne --Applause.....Applause !
Great Passion in their voices ....
Twist and turns which leaves us as indiiduals perhaps not obtaining Our View of the outcome....?
As stated ..I have viewed this film version on a couple occassions--- 8-10 times -- if you are a " PHANTOM ADDICT "
So sit back and enjoy ..with an open mind and ears !!!!
My recommendation to any PHAN who is seeing this for the first time (and hasn't read any spoilers) is: be open-minded! I was pleasantly surprised, and though there were parts in the story that were a little silly, I really got into it and now I'm in love with the show.
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Very glad that I bought this. I will enjoy watching this several times. A great sequel to Phantom of the Opera...and great ending to the story!Published 13 months ago by LINDA M
Arrived on time. Great price, but i cant watch it because the set region on the dvd wont let me play it:(Published 13 months ago by lauren mcloughlin
I'm quite sure the product is good, in fact, I know it is a beautiful movie. I already own the DVD and I wanted to offer it to two of my good friends, so I ordered two of them. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Larry LeBlanc
It was beautiful story but sad ending. Wish the phantom and Christine could have lived happily with Gustave.Published 23 months ago by Nancy Hayashi
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 morePublished on April 29 2014 by TBUGoth