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Chicago (Widescreen Edition) (2002)

Renée Zellweger , Catherine Zeta-Jones , Rob Marshall  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,232 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly
  • Directors: Rob Marshall
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,232 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,286 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chicago (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted musical number "Class"
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette

Editorial Reviews

Earning 13 Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress, Chicago stars Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger and Richard Gere. Directed by Rob Marshall, it’s a dazzling spectacle that was cheered by both audiences and critics nationwide. PG-13. 107 minutes. DVD.

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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies EVER! July 10, 2003
Format:DVD
As a musical theater purist, I was concerned that a movie musical with 3 of Hollywoods A list stars would be a hinderance rather than a help in the "revival" of the genre. I must say that I was blown away by the sheer genius and excellence of the film.
Catherine Zeta-Jones' Velma was equal to, if not better than Bebe Neuwerth's ( Brodway revival). Her beautiful voice and masterful dance skill is worthy of the great white way. A Tony may have been a more appropriate award as opposed to her much deserved Oscar. Although Rene Zellwegers voice was a little shaky in the begining she brought out a tough side in Roxy that was not there in neither the original nor the revival stage versions. Then my biggest fear, Richard Gere as Billy Flinn, was in a word perfect. You can't ask for a better fit, and what a shocker to see that wonderful tapdance!
With great costumes,Fosse-like choreography, expert lighting and singing (by many broadway veterans in the chours as extras) this dark comedy shines. Also with great cameos and supporting performances by the great Chita Rivera ( original broadway cast),John C. Reily (oscar nominated),Lucy Liu, and Christine Baranski this film shines as one of the greatest ever made, not just as a musical, but as a film. Rob Marshall's directorial debut deserves all of it's accolades...and all that jazz.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
First, an important note: Amazon has a policy of combining ALL reviews of ALL formats of a movie title and posts on all those formats. So, it is important to sort reviews by "Current first" and then look to see which format the review is commenting on (it's there). As of today there are over 1300 reviews posted under this title but none - to my knowledge - are of the new 2014 Blu ray version Diamond Edition of this wonderful musical. So this may be the first. Also be aware that - to my knowledge - the Amazon Instant version may include the newly restored print (which is on the new BD set - but does not contain any of the "Bonus material" which - as you will see here - is SUBSTANTIAL. With that said, on to the review.

It honestly is not good use of your time for me to discuss the film itself here. For that, you might want to choose "Most Helpful" and read those reviews. So I won't discuss the plot, musical number, etc here if they were on the earlier releases. Also, you should know that there are two discs in the new package. One is a standard DVD and is virtually the same as the previous DVD release with a full length Director's Commentary and a featurette on going from the Broadway stage version to the film version. Plus there is one song that was deleted from the film. Heck that is a lot of bonus material....... But wait.

The other disc is a Blu ray which contains the gorgeous new "HD" print with even better sound. (Since, when I watched the original DVD of this film, it was on a standard-def TV I wasn't seeing much anyway. Now with my larger 42-inch HD screen it looks great. But that's not all. The package cover states that there are "Over two ours of NEW bonus material".
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75 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divas to Die For December 9, 2002
It is the 1920s in Chicago and we enter this musical film through a saucy nightclub to see Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) performing a duo act of All that Jazz on her own. Only later is it revealed what happened to her sister who was supposed to be the second half of the act. Next we meet Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) who is a naive girl with big dreams of stardom who goes to the slammer for killing her lover. From the moment she enters and we see a brief flash of her imagining herself on stage, we are aware that this film is half reality and half Roxie's dream. Ambitious Roxie has to find a way to get herself out of prison and onto the stage. To do this she creates an innocent persona that is designed by her smooth talking lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) for the media to bring the public to her support. With his help and the sassy matron of the women's prison 'Mama' Morton (Queen Larifah) Roxie eclipses Velma Kelly's prison girl fame. Her matronly values and repentant attitude have the public enthralled and the jury in tears. But with her newfound celebrity Roxie's head is sent spinning again with plans of musical fame. However, it becomes increasingly obvious that her popularity will be dreadfully short lived if she doesn`t craft a way to remain in the spotlight. Teetering on the brink of superstar celebrity and death row, Roxie will have to give the performance of her life if she wants to save her neck. Filled with beautifully choreographed catchy musical numbers and a pleasing sweep of fast dramatic action, there is never a dull moment in this film. It's a triumphantly enjoyable thing to watch.
The greatest reason for this film's success is due to the stunning ensemble of actors many of whom (with the exception of Queen Larifah) we aren't familiar with hearing sing.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies I have ever seen! July 22, 2003
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Format:DVD
I originally had no interest in seeing this movie, but I took a chance and I was blown away! This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. It's funny, fast-paced, the singing and dancing are great, and the artistic quality was wonderful. I ran out and bought the CD immediately and will pre-buy the DVD. Don't miss this film, you will regret it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Fun movie. Never saw it. Enjoyed it. Love Richard Gere.
Published 18 hours ago by musicmaker
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Item was as described. Happy with purchase.
Published 23 hours ago by Q
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Enjoyed it!
Published 1 day ago by Ruth Yu
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical of Musicals!
One of the best musicals ever made. A must-see, a must-have, for lovers of movie musicals. I don't want to say it's perfect, but it's close, to me. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Bpollen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite musicals
I gotta love this show because I played Amos (on stage-not in the movie) and got standing ovations for my renditions of "Mr. Cellophane". So, I am terribly biased. Read more
Published 6 days ago by David F. Donahue
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Mediocre
Published 7 days ago by Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars ... and "Oliver" are two musicals which seem to get better each time...
"Chicago" and "Oliver" are two musicals which seem to get better each time we view them! Read more
Published 8 days ago by General Hood
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, good BD
I watched this movie long time ago when it first came out on VHS. I liked it then and I like it now watching it again on BD. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jen Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss it.
A fun movie - great music, terrific acting. I've seen it several times and want it for my library.
Published 12 days ago by MomForDuncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 👣
Still dancing and singing. Love it! 👣
Published 13 days ago by Conski
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Baranski is great, playing a "sob sister" reporter. But she is definitely NOT a lead. Amazon sometimes lists people in the cast by a magical process of their own; no one else can account for some of their listings.
Jun 12, 2008 by Kit van Cleave |  See all 3 posts
Why is this edition shorter?
I come to you exactly one year after your question, and I'm sure it has been answered by now, but nonetheless, both editions are now listed as 113 minutes.
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