Dreamgirls: Special Edition [Blu-ray]
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Set in the turbulent late 1960s and early ‘70s, “Dreamgirls” follows the rise of a trio of women—Effie, Deena (Beyoncé Knowles) and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)—who have formed a promising girl group called The Dreamettes. At a talent competition, they are discovered by an ambitious manager named Curtis Taylor, Jr. (Jamie Foxx), who offers them the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the back-up singers for headliner James “Thunder” Early (Eddie Murphy). Curtis gradually takes control of the girls’ look and sound, eventually giving them their own shot in the spotlight as The Dreams. That spotlight, however, begins to narrow in on Deena, finally pushing the less attractive Effie out altogether. Though the Dreams become a crossover phenomenon, they soon realize that the cost of fame and fortune may be higher than they ever imagined.
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**Note -- When you go to the "Dreamgirls 2-disc Showstopper Edition" page, there's a note that says, "There is a newer version of this item: Dreamgirls [Blu-Ray]." This is not true; the "newer version" has the bare bones special features that the original DVD 1-disc version has and does not include the "Showstopper Edition" bonus features.
Special Features included on this Blu-Ray 1-disc set:
12 Extended Musical Numbers - Including a Jennifer Hudson Performance Not Seen in Theaters HD
Music Video "Listen" by Beyonce Knowles
Dreamgirls Soundtrack Promo
So, if you want the 115 minute documentary and other special features, you'll need to order the 2-disc "Showstopper Edition."
Anyway, a stellar cast, music from heaven, and great dance numbers.
The movie is quite entertaining. The showstopper, "And I Tell You I'm Not Going" sounds nothing like a Supremes single nor an indication of some hidden magnificent talent by Florence Ballard that was somehow suppressed. As a movie in its own right, it deserved its multiple Oscar nods. As the story of the life of The Supremes, Diana said it best when she echoed, "this is my life, not a damned story". While forever the opportunist, marywilson milked the association for all its worth including naming her hilarious biography, "Dreamgirls: My Life as a Supreme". While Diana kept a respectable distance from the entire affair when it was so blatantly obvious that David Geffen nor Michael Bennett went so far as the desperate former ex-ex-former Supreme, the belabored marywilson.
In the souvenir booklet for the early special screenings, Mr. Geffen thanked Mr. Gordy profusely for his tremendous influence and impact of Motown and The Supremes. Eddie Murphy gives a somewhat subtle performance as a James Brown morphed into Marvin Gaye characterization. Jennifer Hudson takes the music down to Muscle Shoals with "Love You, I Do" in a soulsista portrayal more reminiscent of Atlantic-era Aretha, soft portrayals of a Smokey Robinson-type songwriter compliments a Beyonce meets Mahogany era Diana Ross recreating the iconic "Mahogany" fashion montage.
The film ages well and with the current release of the wildly successful "Motown, The Musical" hitting legitimate theater stages from Los Angeles to London....."Dreamgirls" has survived over 3 decades.....stronger than ever.
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An altogether maudlin story is etched together nicely mostly due to the great music and outstanding performance by Jennifer Hudson.Read more