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Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta Jones star in this Oscar-winning big screen adaptation of the popular Broadway show. In 1920s Chicago nightclub singer Velma Kelly (Zeta Jones) and aspiring starlet Roxie Hart (Zellweger) are both arrested on the same night for committing two different murders. Placed in jail together, both women accept the advice of lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) and soon begin using their present circumstances to further their quest for wealth and fame.
Adapted from the long-running stage version, this big-screen Chicago is a non-stop singing and dancing extravaganza that may well herald the welcome revival of the film musical. When the part-time lover of wannabe star Roxie (Renee Zellweger) is murdered, she is banged up with Chicago's most famous singing murderess, Velma (Catherine Zeta-Jones). They compete for the attention of the best lawyer in town, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere). Drawn to the special angle of Roxie's case (the sweetest killer to hit Chicago), Flynn offers her a taste of stardom and her daydreams of singing on stage are juxtaposed with the action.
Chicago has transferred well to film, seamlessly merging Dennis Potter-esque dream sequences with the action. Though the stage show uses sets sparingly, here the look has been heavily influenced by the only successful musical of recent times, Moulin Rouge, with heavy velvets and drapery offering a rich feel to the murky underworld of 1920s Chicago clubs. The hot question is: can the movie stars cut it as performers? Surprisingly, it is Zellweger who looks most comfortable in the part, regardless of her awkward dancing. Zeta-Jones is just that little bit too butch to be believable as a flapper girl, despite her stage school roots, and lacks a certain panache. But one thing is in her favour: she's believable as the ultimate starlet bitch. Gere does not fare much better, with his tap-dancing sequence littered with cutaways (mercifully his dancing and singing is kept to a minimum). The real show-stealer is Queen Latifah, whose matron of the cells is perfect and her singing spot-on. More than anything else, though, this film will whet your appetite to see the original on the West End stage. --Nikki DisneySee all Product Description
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The film, which provides a cynical and satirical look at fame and fortune, centers in nineteen twenties Chicago around two murderesses, Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger). Velma, who together with her sister, was a dance hall success, killed her husband and her sister when she caught them together en flagrante delicto. True to the maxim, however, that the show must go on, she goes on stage immediately after dispatching the two lovers, where she is promptly arrested.
Roxie Hart, an admirer of Velma Kelly, is married to Amos Hart (John C. Reilly), a good-hearted, regular Joe, but she longs for tabloid fame and fortune. She begins to have an affair with a man who promises that he could get her a stage gig only to find that he lied just to get her in bed. So, she ends up killing him. Her long suffering husband stands by his little woman as she is trundled off to jail to await trial. There she meets her idol, Velma Kelly, who finds her hero-worship annoying.
In the jail, Matron "Mama" Morton (Queen Latifah) reigns supreme over the inmates, accepting bribes for favors. Velma Kelly, represented by star defense attorney Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), is in tabloid heaven. Roxie Hart, longing to be in tabloid heaven as well, gets her husband to retain Billy Flynn on her behalf. Before she knows it, she, too, is in tabloid heaven, playing the media like a violin.Read more ›
The Diamond Edition of Chicago arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. The new master was prepared in Dolby Vision, a relatively recent proprietary technique that is said to significantly boost detail and contrast. There are indeed noticeable differences between the previous blu ray and this one. Detail is noticeably improved. Part of this is due to the increased contrast, which is most noticeable in the darker scenes. Image is wonderfully textured. The original grain structure was preserved, with cleaner and crisper details. There is a greater sense of depth. Director Rob Marshall manipulates colour like a master. The final result is a film with severe colour changes, dark scenes, stark contrast, and razzle dazzle look. (4.5/5)
The previous blu ray edition has a reference quality 5.1 PCM uncompressed audio transfer. This Diamond Edition has an audio upgrade to Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless track. Robust and powerful, yet still marvelously nuanced, this highly active, impeccably modulated track brings Chicago to brilliant life, immersing us in all of the film's varied settings and creating a seamless aural atmosphere. The surround channels are all well utilized. The musical numbers, of course, shine, with nicely prioritized vocals. The orchestrations envelop with ease, pouring out of all the speakers with fantastic fidelity and a purity of tone that exhilarates the senses. This is a fantastic and immersive soundtrack, that is totally enjoyable. (5/5)
Chicago has an estimated budget of $42 million, but has a wonderful worldwide gross of $306 million.Read more ›
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Received Blu-ray earlier than expected - fantastic. This movie is totally brilliant and would definitely recommend. Thanks Amazon for a perfect day!Published 3 days ago by Mrs. V. Seymour
Only worth watch for Catherine Zeta Jones' dance routines. Stage show was superb.Published 1 month ago by Darren Smith