I've watched this film a couple of times since i've had it, i knew it was going to be brilliant, so i invested a little bit more in getting the 2 - disc showstopper edition, and i'm certainly glad i did.
Back in 1981 this film was originally performed as a Broadway musical, written by Tom Eyen and staring Jennifer Holiday, since then it has had a number of changes & new features added to it, the person most responsible for these changes being screenwriter & director Bill Condon, who I must point out did a brilliant job in bringing Dreamgirls to the big screen, the story itself is set in the 60's, has strong references to Motown, and is reminiscent of the Diana Ross and the Supremes era.
The film includes a strong, super talented cast including Beyonce Knowles who plays the beautiful girl who's secretly talented, and in the foreshadow of Effie (Jennifer), newcomer Jennifer Hudson who apparently won the part over 782 actresses, very much well deserved as she is an extraordinary singer and really fits her role as Effie, Eddie Murphy who plays James `Thunder' Early and imitates the vocal style of James Brown, Jamie Foxx who plays Curtis, a more deceitful character, and finally Anika Noni rose who joins up with Effie and Deena in the `Dreams`.
I never expected the film to be as extravagant, or as well put together as it was, it makes you laugh, cry and it draws you in and makes you feel that you are involved, the film has countless performances each song performed in a different setting, the songs also mark the events in the film, those were the things that really impressed me.
If you are planning to buy Dreamgirls, i highly recommend that you buy the 2-disc showstopper edition, as it takes you behind the scenes, and shows you how they made the film, it also contains exclusive interviews with various cast members, original auditions and screen tests and much more, you don't get this on the standard version.