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By David Poland

Gotta say…

This trailer , in and of itself, marks a major change in the Oscar race.

Ray‘s trailer did it for Ray… now this trailer suggests that there is a new front runner in the Oscar race.

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7 Responses to “Gotta say…”

  1. Sandy says:

    So glad to hear of it. I have been anticipating Phantom ever since the first trailer…

  2. Sean says:

    This trailer is mesmerizing. From the opening sequence to the awakening to the theme music, the trailer is gorgeous and breathtaking. Brilliant!!! I am now even more excited to see the movie. I cant wait to see this trailer in theaters.

  3. bicycle bob says:

    this needs something more to get me into a theatre

  4. Janet says:

    Phantom is the movie that people either hate or love. I am of a certain age (over 35) so I have fond memories of the original production on Broadway…loved Andrew Lloyd Webber music, etc. I look forward to seeing how this cast performs. I think that many of the younger folks won’t enjoy it because they don’t have a history of going to the Broadway shows or they just don’t enjoy that style.

  5. Patrick says:

    I think this is a wonderful trailer, and it acutally makes me want to see this now. But I have something to say about Dave’s comment on the Ray trailer. It made Ray a front runner? I thought it was a long and boring trailer and turned me off from seeing it.

  6. Mark says:

    One word. Schumacher.

  7. SRCputt says:

    Phantom now the frontrunner? Uh…no. It may now be in the race, but a Schumacher film simply cannot be a frontrunner until it is seen. ‘Cause his track record is a bit behind Scorsese, I’ll take the sight unseen frontrunner as The Aviator.

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