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Dreamgirls [1 Disc Edition] [DVD]

Jamie Foxx , Beyoncé Knowles , Yvette Cason    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Danny Glover, Jennifer Hudson
  • Directors: Yvette Cason
  • Producers: Bill Condon
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2007
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NQRE3M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,398 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The spirit of Motown runs through the long-awaited film adaption of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, which centres 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

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Dreamgirls [1 Disc Edition] [DVD] [DVD] (2007) Jamie Foxx; Beyonc‚ Knowles

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This film's got Soul 28 May 2007
This film is awesome. I can't compare it to seeing the broadway show as I've not been fortunate enough to see Dreamgirls on broadway. I would imagine that it loses a little something when converted to film, its usually the case. But You should never write a musical off, just because its on film. If this film taught me anything - it's that!

The songs are fantastic and I think do justice to the Motown sound they are there to imitate, every song is performed with a lot of care and attention and I was drawn into the story pretty early on.

Jennifer Hudson is definitely the star of the show, but the supporting cast are what makes this film great. Beyonce does a great job of underplaying her voice for the majority of the film, which not only helps serve the dynamic between her character and Jennifer Hudson's - but also makes her delivery of the song "Listen" much stronger and more relevant to the story. Eddie Murphy is outstanding throughout and he takes the character of Jimmy Early on an extremely convincing emotional ride through fame, fortune, women and the pitfalls that such a life can bring. He's got a pretty good soulful voice on him too!

Jamie Foxx is also very good - though its clear that his skills lie more in acting than in singing. His character sings less frequently than any other of the main parts and you can kind of hear why (sorry Mr. Foxx). He's by no means awful, just understandably underused.

For me this film earns a solid 4 stars out of five - however, today its getting a 5 out of 5 from me purely to bring up the average that the first reviewer has caused with his 1 star rating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Film FANTASTIC singing from Jennifer Hudson 31 Mar 2008
First of all, this film is NOT the story of Diana Ross & the Supremes, no one in it sounds like either Ms Ross or the Supremes & there are no obvious Motown sounding songs in the film.

The film's story does take bits of the Supremes & Motown's history & clearly intends viewers to make the connections.

As such, 'Berry Gordy' (Curtis Taylor Jr. in the film, well acted by Jamie Foxx) comes out badly, being depicted as a money chasing white wannabe, dumbing down the `blackness' of his acts in order to sell records to (white) pop music buyers.

What the movie doesn't do is put this in context; making a success as a black person in 1960s America was harder than most modern day viewers could ever imagine. If it meant some compromises along the way in putting black artists on TV & in the charts & out of poverty then surely it was worth it. Today's black stars such as Oprah Whitney & Destiny' Child have testified how they were inspired by Diana Ross etc.

Anyway, back to the film. The acting is uniformly good, Eddie Murphy shows he can really sing, Beyoncé Knowles shows she can act as well as sing & the film is consistently interesting in showing glimces of a long gone time as well as how tough the music business can be.

In truth, if you don't like soul music then you might find the film boring though the amazing vocal performances of Jennifer Hudson should cure you of that pretty quick! (go to the scene where she sings "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" & then see if soul music still bores you!!)

Jennifer Hudson is the star of the film & well deserves the Oscar she got for her performance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent if you like musicals 21 May 2007
By DeeTee
Format:HD DVD
I bought this from about 3 weeks ago. The first time I viewed the film I thought I had made a bad choice because it was hard to hear some of the dialogue due to background effects. That aside however, I found the HD quality very good and the vocals and acting are excellent. A lot of the dialogue is sung rather than spoken which adds to the enjoyment. Disc 2 is also filmed in HD and has excerpts from the screen tests as well as interviews with the wardrobe designers, set designers etc. All in all, a very enjoyable film. Especially if you like musicals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All that and then some! 30 Aug 2007
I think my only regret is not watching this movie in the cinema, on a big screen, to get the full experience. It's wonderful! The opening scene, the music, the script, the characters evoke a myriad of emotions.
There is, however, no way of mentioning Dreamgirls without giving a mental standing ovation to Jennifer Hudson. She simply stole the show, which is actually a compliment to the other stars, especially Beyonce, that they allowed a 'newbie' to take such role while they played off her. With the famous 'I'm telling you I'm not going', she sealed the deal for her oscar.
The DVD is a collector's item, the movie is all that, and then some!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A glamorous musical with a slightly thin story 18 Mar 2007
Dreamgirls is a glamorous musical with the backbone of a music biopic propping up the plot. While the story is fiction it draws from other musicians' stories heavily and parallels with Diana Ross and the Supremes and Motown records are obvious from the offing.

Great performances from Jamie Foxx and Eddie Murphy brighten the films basic story. It's refreshing to see Murphy in a decent role that it seems he's enjoying playing and he brings such charisma to the character that I wished I was watching the story of James "Thunder" Early some of the time. Foxx nails the driven manager of the band and it was wonderful seeing him play such a villainous and manipulative character. Beyonce Knowles is passable but Jennifer Hudson is the more charming of the Dreams themselves.

The songs were well performed but few stood out for me. I'm glad someone is still making musicals for the cinema and writer/director Bill Condon is leading a very thin pack of filmmakers in this genre; perhaps a little competition would raise the bar higher. All in all an enjoyable film thats well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant film
Cant stop watching this film and I even brought the soundtrack to go with it, as loved that much .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girls need a dream
I purchased this movie recently, and it was wonderful! Like it... I LOVED IT!! I've viewed it 2 times, and it's becoming a firm favourite of mine! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. I. English
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
I grew up listening to Motown and the music on this disc represents that era fantastically. The film is came from isgreat too. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Francis Short
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
I loved this film it was brilliant, good acting great songs great actors I would recommend this film I would watch it again over and over
Published 2 months ago by maria nicholls
4.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack, reasonable plot
The one thing that dominiates Dreamgirls is the soundtrack. Definitely the best thing about the dvd, Story is ok, nut nothing out of the ordinary. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jd
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films
This is one of my favourite films so when my original DVD got scratched with was a quick and cheap alternative, excellent, so pleased
Published 3 months ago by James Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream film!
My only issue with this film is not an issue with the film at all; it's with the Oscar panel! How they did not award Eddie Murphy the best actor in a supporting role is beyond me! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nigel Bingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie and especially the songs by Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. Can watch it again and again now.
Published 4 months ago by Annette Molin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
I saw this on TV and then decided to buy the DVD. A brilliant lively film I definitely recommend it
Published 4 months ago by Kat
4.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
The film was alright but would not hurry to watch it again and would be very unlikely to tell others to watch it
Published 4 months ago by gail
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