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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 (1,172 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
  • 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 (1,172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,441 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

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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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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies EVER! July 10, 2003
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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73 of 81 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOST ENTERTAINING MOVIE IN YEARS April 2, 2003
I heard of the musical Chicago from years ago, but really never paid attention to it. I had no desire to see this movie either. Reading some of the reviews, I went to see it out of curiosity.
I went to a stadium seating theatre with a big screen and great sound. From the first frame to the last, I loved every minute of it. The music was great as well as the story and perfomances.
Most the reviews here seem to be one star or 5 stars. I just can't imagine anyone hating this movie. I went back 3 more times to see it, and liked it more each time.
I can understand some of the criticism of the director, but there was enough traditional scenes that the chop chop chop style wasn't much of a bother to me. In fact some of it added to certain scenes.
I truly don't understand how this movie was cast with of bunch of actors with little musical background..Shows you how much I know. They were all great.
Queen Latifah was just plain great. Her character in the movie was a little off. First she is a tough talking prison matron, then she's real nice and understanding...oh well, her performance especially musically was top notch.
If you're tired of war movies, and sappy comedies, go see this and just lose yourself in two hours of sexy fun with great music.
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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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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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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Search for Soul, Let Yourself Go! August 5, 2003
The first musical to win the Best Picture Oscar after 34 years, this 2002 Rob Marshall's adaptation of a 1975 Broadway musical lacks the warmth and romance of the 2001 Baz Luhrmann's hit "Moulin Rouge", but certainly rivals its daring predecessor in glamour. It's sumptuous to look at and thoroughly glorious as far as film-making is concerned. However, an emphatic viewer has a hard time to identify with any of its characters. Yep, probably no woman would like to find herself in a situation Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones found themselves in here -- murderesses. Maybe later on, when Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Zellweger) are helped by a slick lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) and insatiable press to become celebrities of their own. Much like a fairy-tale for grownups, this film does not worry about morals or profound lessons on humanity. Rather, it offers a real show, based on the roaring 1920's with all its sex and prohibition. "Chicago"'s final effect on viewer is enhanced by great acting, singing and dancing performances from the leading three actors (Zeta-Jones won Oscar for her supporting role), sophisticated choreography and perfect editing, often making for an all-out exhilarating impact.
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1.0 out of 5 stars fuzzy
I watched the blue ray verson, and it was very grainy and fuzzy. Not sure about the DVD or UV copy.
Published 6 days ago by ladyblackbird
4.0 out of 5 stars A real classic.
Never knew Gere had so much talent. Was very entertaining and very well done. Song, story and dance with a twist of Dick Tracy.
Published 9 days ago by H. Reeder
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This is my fav. musical of all time, great songs, great cast besides Renne Zellweger but I guess she kinda fits the part playing a no talent dumb blonde; not far from her true... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, but No Sale
It's a great movie. However, I didn't download and open it, because I thought I was ordering a DVD, so I got on the Amazon help chat line, and they cancelled the order. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Ralph B. Lehotsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love this movie so much, the music is great, the storyline is great, and so is the cast. Although I'm not too happy about Richard Gere's sounds nasally.
Published 21 days ago by Adrian Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicago
Amazing mixture! Talented actors,great story line and the singing and dancing first class.This very dictatorial,why don' you just let people put what THEY want to write!
Published 23 days ago by Glenda Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Love this movie! It is one of my all time favorites! I could watch it all day every day! Amazing!
Published 27 days ago by Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great BD release
I always loved this film.
And this BD is the definitive version to own.
All the special features from the DVD are carried over. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Paula J. Bettencourt
4.0 out of 5 stars CHICAGOOOOOOO
I liked the movie. Kind of blah as story line goes, but I enjoyed the singing (was surprised Richard Gere sang and danced so well) I also enjoyed the many talents of Renee... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dort
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, OK presentation
The film is quite good. The performances, while not my favorite, are solid, and the staging is very creative. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Stephen Pickering
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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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