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Dreamgirls Movie is Finally Complete!
on November 11, 2017
I loved Dreamgirls when I saw it on stage all 3 times (the Broadway touring company, a bus & truck reduction of the Broadway version, and the Paper Mill Playhouse re-imagining). And while I liked the film, I always thought it was just a tad too severely edited. It seemed a bit choppy, like there were pieces missing. Now at last the original director has released a "Directors Extended Edition," and the movie finally feels complete. The cast is phenomenal, the production values are top notch, and the new songs are not bad at all. I heartily recommend this version to fans of the film (and show). However, one minor note: it is a little light on extras. There are 4 Jennifer Hudson screen tests or auditions, and that is it. There are rumors of "2½ hours of extras," but that is not the case. There are 2 discs: one is the DVD and the other is the Blu-Ray. They are almost identical, except the DVD version only has 3 Jennifer Hudson screen tests, and the Blu-Ray has noticeably higher definition in picture quality. The packaging includes a small booklet with lyrics of most of the songs and full-color photos of the songs being performed. Notice to graphic designer: the film credits on the bottom half of the back cover are absolutely illegible due to dark on dark ink colors. Somebody should have noticed that. But I am being picky. The movie itself is just wonderful. And when it was over, I had to fight the urge to watch it all over again immediately.