Starring: Gerard Butler, Emmy Rossum, Patrick Wilson Director: Joel Schumacher The film: Andrew Lloyd Webber's critically acclaimed stage production is given a makeover fit for celluloid in Joel Schumacher's take on the story of a maimed Phantom who becomes the mentor of a young chorus girl hoping to make it big in 19th-century Paris. The original stage production featured Sarah Brightman as the blossoming Christine, alongside Michael Crawford's Tony Award-winning Phantom. While Phantom has a lot to do with corseted eroticism, it also has much to do with Webber's incredible score. The reason it fared so well in its fledgling stages was no doubt due to the talented Crawford and Brightman and their ability to deliver the songs as they were intended. On screen, Phantom lacks the vocal power that carries the storyline through to its climax. Despite extravagant sets, a younger, sexier Phantom (Gerard Butler, right) and a juicy-lipped lead (Emmy Rossum), Schumacher has failed to capture the atmosphere of the original. That said, Webber's score makes for such pleasurable listening that it's not too unbearable to sit through. The beauty of the main relationship is the clash between rugged self-hatred and beguiling tenderness. The haunting abhorrence that the Phantom feels for himself for loving such a virginal creature is evident in Schumacher's portrayal. Butler and the doe-eyed Rossum (who sparkles in this role) manage to maintain this facade, with all its enigmatic aura. The relationship between Christine and Raoul (Patrick Wilson), childhood sweethearts, has a sweet innocence. The lavish sets make up for the vocal shortcomings. Classic numbers such as Masquerade and Music of the Night heighten the senses with their fabulous costume and choreography. The extras: A bonus disc runs to more than 90 minutes, including specials on Webbers' collaborations for the stage play, the obligatory making-of featurette and promos from the original version. The verdict: If you've never seen it live, then give this a spin. There's no chance of a chandelier falling on your head.