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Dreamgirls (Two-Disc Showstopper Edition) (2006)

Jamie Foxx , Eddie Murphy , Bill Condon  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Beyoncé Knowles
  • Directors: Bill Condon
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC, Anamorphic
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: DreamWorks
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O174CM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,363 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dreamgirls (Two-Disc Showstopper Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • DVD Exclusive Jennifer Hudson Performance
  • 12 Extended and Alternate Scenes
  • Music Video "Listen" by Beyoncé Knowles
  • "Building The Dream" Feature-length documentary
  • Image Gallery with over 1,100 images
  • Dream Logic: Film Editing
  • Dressing The Dreams: Costume Design
  • Center Stage: Theatrical Lighting
  • Dreamgirls – Beyoncé Knowles screen test
  • Ain’t No Party – Anika Noni Rose audition
  • Steppin’ To The Bad Side – Fatima Robinson choreography audition
  • Previsualization Sequences

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The spirit of Motown runs through the long-awaited film adaption of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, which centers around a young female singing trio who burst upon the music scene in the '60s, complete with bouffant hairdos, glitzy gowns, and a soul sound new to the white-bread American music charts. Sound familiar? You aren't the first one to draw comparisons to the meteoric rise of the Supremes, and despite any protests to the contrary, this is most definitely a thinly veiled reinterpretation of that success story. The Dreamettes--statuesque Deena (Beyonce Knowles), daffy Lorell (Anika Noni Rose) and brassy Effie (Jennifer Hudson)--are a girl group making the talent-show rounds when they're discovered by car salesman and aspiring music manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx). Sensing greatness (as well as a new marketing opportunity) Curtis signs the Dreamettes as backup singers for R&B star James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). But when Early's mercurial ways and singing style don't mesh with primarily white audiences, Curtis moves the newly-renamed Dreams to center stage--with Deena as lead singer in place of Effie. And that's not the only arena in which Effie is replaced, as Curtis abandons their love affair for a relationship with star-in-the-making Deena.

Besides the Supremes comparison, one can't talk about Dreamgirls now without revisiting its notorious Oscar snub; though it received eight nominations, the most for any film from 2006, it was shut out of the Best Picture and Director races entirely. Was the oversight justified? While Dreamgirls is certainly a handsomely mounted, lovingly executed and often vibrant film adaptation, it inspires more respect than passion, only getting under your skin during the musical numbers, which become more sporadic as the film goes on. Writer-director Bill Condon is definitely focused on recreating the Motown milieu (down to uncanny photographs of Knowles in full Diana Ross mode), he often forgets to flesh out his characters, who even on the Broadway stage were underwritten and relied on powerhouse performances to sell them to audiences. (Stage fans will also note that numerous songs are either truncated or dropped entirely from the film.) Condon has assembled a game cast, as Knowles does a canny riff on the essence of Diana Ross' glamour (as opposed to an all-out impersonation) and Rose makes a peripheral character surprisingly vibrant; only Foxx, who never gets to pour on the charisma, is miscast. Still, there are two things even the most cranky viewers will warm to in Dreamgirls: the performances of veteran Eddie Murphy and newcomer Jennifer Hudson. Murphy is all sly charm and dazzling energy as the devilish Early, who's part James Brown, part Little Richard, and all showman. And Hudson, an American Idol contestant who didn't even make the top three, makes an impressive debut as the larger-than-life Effie, whose voice matches her passions and stubbornness. Though she sometimes may seem too young for the role, Hudson nails the movie's signature song, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," with a breathtaking power that must be seen and heard to believe. And for those five minutes, if not more, you will be in Dreamgirls' thrall. --Mark Englehart

On the DVD
The two-disc edition of Dreamgirls includes videos, documentaries and other behind-the-scenes features. Diehard fans will love the almost two-hour "Building the Dream" documentary, which goes into loving detail about how the film got to be made. But it's the shorter segments that really capture the viewer's attention. The two auditions included in the set are a contrast in style. Pop singer Beyonce Knowles sells herself in full hair, makeup and costume; that she is a tad pitchy at times is almost beside the point. Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose's audition is a tour de force; singing strong and with conviction and passion, Rose is fully in character regardless of the fact that she isn't dressed for the role. Oddly enough, the audition tape of Jennifer Hudson, who won an Academy Award for her breakthrough role as Effie, is nowhere to be seen. Sure, we all know what a powerhouse she is today. But it would've been nice to see what the filmmakers saw in her back then, when her competition included her American Idol castmate (and that season's winner) Fantasia Barrino. Hudson's performance of "Effie, Sing My Song"--which was not seen in the theatrical release--is included in this set, as are 12 extended musical numbers. Another nice touch is the inclusion of a dance rehearsal choreographed by Fatima Robinson (who has worked with the Backstreet Boys, Mary J. Blige, and Michael Jackson). Watching the rudimentary piece (with stand-ins subbing for the stars) come together gives the viewer appreciation for the intricate work that goes into each 3-minute musical number in the 130-minute film. Also included are a sequence of enhanced storyboards, a look at how the film's editor went about editing the picture, and a look at how the costumes played a part in the film. --Jae-Ha Kim

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Product Description

Director Bill Condon brings Tom Eyen's Tony award-winning Broadway musical to the big screen in a tale of dreams, stardom, and the high cost of success in the cutthroat recording industry. The time is the 1960s, and singers Effie (Jennifer Hudson), Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose), and Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) are about to find out just what it's like to have their wildest dreams come true. Discovered at a local talent show by ambitious manager Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), the trio known as "the Dreamettes" is soon offered the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of opening for popular singer James "Thunder" Early (Eddie Murphy). Subsequently molded into an unstoppable hit machine by Taylor and propelled into the spotlight as "the Dreams," the girls quickly find their bid for the big time taking priority over personal friendship as Taylor edges out the ultra-talented Effie so that the more beautiful Deena can become the face of the group. Now, as the crossover act continues to dominate the airwaves, the small-town girls with big-city dreams slowly begin to realize that the true cost of fame may be higher than any of them ever anticipated.

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62 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Continues... May 2, 2007
Format:DVD
For those of you who aren't familiar with DREAMGIRLS it was a hit Broadway musical, created in 1981, based "loosely" on the real monster girl group The Supremes, Berry Gordy and Motown. And although it took almost 25 years to make, the movie version is spectacular.

Following the meteoric rise of the fictitious "Dreams," the story takes place in Detroit in 1962 and ends in Los Angeles in 1975. In between you witness the joy, sorrow and bitterness--as some dreams die, while others live. And being a period movie, DREAMGIRLS doesn't feel dated or unrealistic. It captures the excitement and turbulence of the 60s or at least the romanticized ideal of it...perfectly.

Anyway enough about the movie and on to the DVD.

This dvd set contains two dvds:

***DVD #1 FEATURE FILM; 12 EXTENDED/ADDITIONAL MUSICAL NUMBERS

I won't list the 12 songs but the title track "Dreamgirls" and the show stopper "And I Am Telling You..." are not part of this 12. With the exception of the song "Effie, Sing My Song," at least from what I could tell, most of these musical numbers are just different edits/film cuts than those that made it into the film. For instance, you'll see more of the performance rather than the cutaways to other scenes, which you see in the movie...so they're not sung differently.
What's good about this is that you get to see the entire performance of the opening acts(The Stepp Sisters, L'il Albert and The Tru-Tones, Tiny Joe Dixon) without the cutaway shots that show what's going on behind the stage. No additional lyrics: the songs are exactly as they are on the deluxe edition music cd of Dreamgirls: Music From The Motion Picture [2-CD Deluxe Edition].
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Can Sing! May 15, 2007
Format:DVD
Musicals aren't really my thing. Many feel forced as the cast breaks out into song at the most bizarre of times. Cheesy is perhaps the best descriptor, but occasionally I enjoy a good toe-tapping flick if it's done right. And DREAMGIRLS is definitely done right. It certainly ranks up there with MOULIN ROUGE and CHICAGO as one of the more recently successful musical films, it too being a period piece (covering the late 50s through the early 70s).

Acting in these style of films tends to lend itself more to dance moves than actual roleplaying of characters, but there are two highly mentionable performances in Dreamgirls: first time actress Jennifer Hudson of American Idol fame, and a major comeback role for Eddie Murphy. Hudson took home Best Actress trophies from The Golden Globes, The BAFTAs, The Screen Actors Guild and The Oscars for her portrayal of Effie White, the powerful and ultimately embittered lead singer for The Dreamettes. Eddie Murphy as James "Thunder" Early is surprisingly excellent, perhaps helping wash away the stains of DADDY DAYCARE and THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH from his more recent, acting, downward spiral. Murphy can sing alongside Hudson and Beyonce and hold his own, too.

The added entertaining fact about Dreamgirls is that there's an actual story behind the music, making this film much more watchable than many musicals which rely solely on their high notes rather than acting skill. This story is firmly entrenched in the early music industry as a "white-washed" form of entertainment, separating it from "black music"...until Curtis Taylor (Jamie Foxx, JARHEAD), a car salesman in search of more, jumps into the music biz and launches his own record label (Rainbow Records).
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Wonderful Entertainment April 5, 2007
"Dreamgirls," originally a hit Broadway production in the 1980s, is a lavish musical inspired by the history of Motown and its super group The Supremes. Like the songs in "Grace of My Heart" which is clearly based on the career of Carole King, the soundtrack music of "Dreamgirls," good as it is, can't match the power of the real Motown sound. Actually the film's musical numbers hardly sound like Motown Sound, but still some of them are real showstoppers thanks to the film's gifted stars, especially the dynamic singing voice of Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson.

In "Dreamgirls" you should not expect much from the story, which runs a familiar course of superstars or celebrities, with the meteoric rise of three R&B singers (played by Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose) to the fame and their subsequent troubles and ego-clashing within the members and their shrewd, business-minded producer/manager (Jamie Foxx). It is a same old story you have heard somewhere else in gossip magazines. .

Once the three girls' dreams come true with the glitter of showbiz, it takes the center of their lives, and once it does, none of the characters are allowed to breathe much. Anika Noni Rose and Danny Glover are not given enough time for their characters, and even the role of Beyoncé Knowles is not fleshed out satisfactorily. Eddie Murphy is outstanding as a popular singer and ladies' man named James "Thunder" Early (with a haircut like Little Richard's), but there is nothing new in Thunder's story about his love affair and fading stardom.

Still I enjoyed watching "Dreamgirls". I know it has lots of shortcomings, and I hear the complaints from the fans of the original stage (which I haven't seen). Yes, I know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music and a so-so story line.
The movie would be nothing without the absolutely fantastic musical performances in this film. We watch it repeatedly and still get goosebumps during the songs.
Published 2 days ago by Larry A. Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamgirls is Awesome!!!!
I love Dreamgirls....This is my favorite movie!!! I can watch it again and again, and it's like watching it for the first time...!!!
Published 7 days ago by Roshaundrea Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Really like this movie can't believe I waited this long to see the movie
I would watch it over and over again
Published 19 days ago by bennie helms
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamgirls
This movie is so go, the music is great the storyline is also good. Everyone gives such great performances, for Eddie Murphy who was robbed from getting an oscar, and Jamie Foxx... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars great special features
I bought this as a gift for a friend. He's told me more than once how much he enjoys it. There's a never-seen-before Jennifer Hudson number included in the extras.
Published 1 month ago by bonita cee
5.0 out of 5 stars DREAMGIRLS. One of the best OSCAR WINNING musical movies EVER.
DREAMGIRLS was an OSCAR WINNING musical about the SUPREMES that featured the fabulous BEYONCE and JENNIFER HUDSON. A must have for any collection.
Published 1 month ago by JOSEPH JEDLICKA
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
This is a great movie. The vocal arrangements, production, and choreography is awesome. If only I was around when the play was on Broadway. I'd have loved to see it in person.
Published 2 months ago by C Blair
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreamgirls Okay
I had heard a lot about this movie and was excited to get it but as features like this go I thought it was okay. The acting was forced and okay, the songs were okay. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D. Jeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Supremes..you reign again!
I love, love love Diana Ross and the Supremes, and I just adored this movie based on their lives. It's filled with standard chick-

flick requisites: drama, fashion,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love The Music
Even though I'm not a big Beyonce fan, I did like this movie a lot. Eddie Murphy looked as if he was having a really good time playing his role, and the music was fantastic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Yummy Bush
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What about Beyonce.... ? ....
LIZ COME ON NOW LETS BE "REAL" BEYONCE ALTHOUGH A VERY BEAUTIFUL AND TALENTED SINGER DID SHINE IN DREAMGIRLS BUT HER ACTING SKILLS ARE LESS THAN MEDIOCRE. SHE IS VERY OVEREXPOSED AND EXPECTS TO STEAL THE SOPTLIGHT EVERYTIME. SHE HAS ALOT OF SUPPORTIVE FANS BUT WE HAVE SEEN HER IN OTHER... Read more
Mar 21, 2007 by ANTOINETTE YOUNG |  See all 12 posts
Why on 2 discs
That's a really good question. I'm willing to bet that disc 2 is the same disc that ships with the SD set. They save some by volume and by not changing the packaging. But it does seem that blu-ray's main advantage over HD DVD (50GB vs 30GB) isn't being used to advantage.
Apr 30, 2007 by Kevin Murphy |  See all 4 posts
HD and Blu-Ray Only?
No this version is not just HD and BluRay. This version is just DVD format with a second disk loaded with extras.
May 3, 2007 by Leah Talley |  See all 2 posts
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