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Chorus Line [Blu-ray] (2014)

 PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (207 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GBT6364
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Michael Douglas stars as a choreographer who subjects 16 dancers to a grueling audition in this Academy Awardr-Nominated* adaptation of the landmark Broadway musical. Featuring Marvin Hamlisch's Oscarr-Nominated music and Jeffrey Hornaday's (Flashdance) sizzling choreography, this thrilling portrayal of life behind the velvet curtain is truly "One Singular Sensation"! After narrowing down hundreds of Broadway hopefuls, Zach (Douglas) leads a select group of dancers on the tryout of their lives. In an audition twist, Zach asks each performer personal and intimate questions - with results that powerfully affect not only the young performers but the hardened stage veteran as well. *1985: Original Song, Sound Editing

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245 of 277 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bennett - 10, Attenborough - 3 May 26, 2003
The day the film version of "A Chorus Line" opened across the country, director Richard Attenborough was interviewed by Jane Pauley on the Today Show. "And what's this film really about?" asked Jane. Sir Richard answered, "It's about kids trying to break into show business."
And there you have everything that's right and wrong about the film. Some have enjoyed this film (as you can see from some of the other reviews), and even been inspired by the inside look at young professionals trying to make it to the top, or even just get in the door. I'm very happy for them.
The only problem is, that's NOT what A Chorus Line is about - at least the Pulitzer prize winning stage musical conceived by the late Michel Bennett. And if the movie's director is that far off base, well what you end up with is confusing series of characters and stories that don't seem to have a lot of point to them, other than all these folks are auditioning together one afternoon.

Kids breaking into show business? No, A Chorus Line is (was) about top-of-their-career professional dancers trying to get one more lousy job to keep food on the table and injuries at bay, letting them work one more year. And asking the question "Is it really worth the physical pain, humiliation, and invisibility?" Most had already let go of the dream of being a star - that would have happened by now if it was in the cards. No they were dancers - but what did that mean?
Although the creators thought they were putting a project together in workshop that would appeal only to the Broadway community - audiences strongly identified with the dancer's stories. The audition became a metaphor for any place where people are treated as interchangeable commodities, whether its on a stage, in an office, or in a factory.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oy Vey July 25, 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
Good Lord, where do I start?
I've held out seeing this "film" because I've seen the Broadway production, as well as a worn-out black and white beta-video version of the original cast, and I'm afraid little was left of the original in this "screen version". I also have a story in my head told to me by an acting teacher who saw the original production at The Public in NY before it moved to Broadway. He told me he'd seen it with a friend and both walked around the Village, down to the Financial District and then home to 46th Street in silence because they'd been so moved by what they saw.
The film version is a good example of what too much success can do to something. As other people have suggested - it might have been better to film the stage version, or better yet make a documentary about the ground breaking "work-shopping" the show went through in development. It revolutionzed the way plays and musicals were conceived.
I don't mean to diminish the talent of any cast member, (well... I could have done without Judy Landers - too obvious a choice, and a little too clumsy a performance, as well as Mr. Boring-Hollywood himself, Michael Douglas) as they all, of course, excellent dancers and singers - I think some were pulled from the Broadway cast. I liked the actress who plays Cassie very much, but I didn't like Michael Douglas, and I really hated the fact that they chose to focus on the "Love Story" of Zach & Cassie. Get over it! It was an unbalanced relationship! They probably would be at each others throats during the rehearsals for the show Zach is directing, and when the show ends I imagine Cassie saying to Sheila (her new best friend) "Thank God THAT'S over! I mean... ZACH! WHAT WAS I THINKING?!"
Other reviews have captured a lot of things I could say.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Today Goodbye September 23, 2006
This is a 1985 release, and stars Michael Douglas as a Broadway director casting dancers for a large production. I enjoyed the movie, yet completely agree with others that the stage version is much better and makes more sense of the story line. Many people saw the stage version first. I do understand their frustration with the film; in particular, it skews the number "What I Did For Love" into emphasizing the love story between Cassie and Zach. What it's really about is the love and dedication dancers have for what they do, through all the blood, sweat and tears.

I went out of order and saw the movie first, and wound up thoroughly enjoying the stage version, a positive experience last rather than the generally negative reception from those who sequenced the other way. Best strategy is to enjoy each, the stage version and film version, for what they are - entertainment.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good grief September 1, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A Chorus Line is a truly great show, when performed onstage keeping true to the original *ahem* SONGS, but the movie kind of failed in the attempt to re-create the magic. I mean, "Music and The Mirror" is a perfect example. Did they think it was too subtle for the movie-watching American public? Did it really have to be replaced with something as blunt as "Let Me Dance For You"? Puh-leaze. And they cut out the entire montage, which really helps in exploring the character's personalities, etc. Why did Cassie seem like such an...annoyance? She did interrupt "I Can Do That". She did harass him into giving her a role. She didn't seem graceful, like in the stage version. (ie, falling while getting into the taxi) I really liked the Sheila, and I loved Terrance Mann. I also found the drag show monologue very well done. It's good, but not even close to the singular sensation it was onstage.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good show
Always liked this movie and don;t think of it often, but very glad to find it because its inspirational and kind of a feel good movie. Read more
Published 4 days ago by lesmoore2204
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic.
I love this movie. Thank you to the vendor for having it available 80 years after I should have purchased it.
Published 12 days ago by C Arredondo Graf
4.0 out of 5 stars Watching for years
I love this movie! I have watched it since I was a little girl. I love the dancing....must see if you like dance.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chorus Line... great movie
This movie is great. The music is excellent with excellent dancing and performances. It has good comedy as well. All in all very good. I really enjoyed it.
Published 17 days ago by Maria Baez
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing compared to the stage show
Although the singing was good and the dancing really good the movie was disappointing and I'm not sure why. I think the way it was filmed was not clear and clean . Read more
Published 22 days ago by marilyn Luebeck
5.0 out of 5 stars Chorus Line DVD
I had this DVD years ago and just replaced it. Just as enjoyable as the first time viewing it. Having seen the original Broadway show, I was at first, skeptical, but definitely... Read more
Published 23 days ago by J. loucks
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
The music, the dancing, the choreography, does it get any better than this? Would love to see this on Broadway
Published 29 days ago by PMK
4.0 out of 5 stars Broadway in the living room
I love musicals, my dear husband tolerates them -- BUT our daughters are AVID. We have a "musical" section. We play when we have mostly "lady's nite".
Published 1 month ago by Geri H. Ball
1.0 out of 5 stars Never Got It
I ordered this film but it never arrived. It's too much trouble to track, complain, etc, so I just let it go. Would like to have had it to view.
Published 1 month ago by Joseph L. Burke
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Blu-Ray edition of a fair classic musical film
There is only one thing wrong with this movie. This classic musical belongs on Broadway and does not have the intimacy on the screen that this great musical calls for. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim Tarleton
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