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Chicago - Diamond Edition

by Kevin Taft
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Friday Feb 28, 2014
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A brand new release of one of the best musicals of the last few decades, "Chicago: Diamond Edition" is a great purchase for those that don’t already have it on Blu-ray. For the casual viewer, it might not be necessary to double-dip. While this release is getting some attention for its "Dolby Vision" remastering, you actually need a player that can play Dolby Vision to get the benefits, so don’t expect to be overly wowed by picture and sound quality. That said, the picture and newly remastered sound are an improvement from the original release, but negligible for those that aren’t so particular. (Some of the darker scenes still appear grainy which is a result of the way it was originally filmed, not so much the transfer quality.) But for fans, the movie is so spectacular, if you don’t already have it on Blu-ray, you should pick this version up - especially at such an inexpensive price! Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, and Richard Gere, the Rob Marshall directed smash is a fun, zippy, and pointedly topical treat that is one of the best stage to film adaptations to date.

The Special Features are slim but good with the best being a brand-new documentary.

  • "CHICAGO in the Spotlight: A Retrospective with the Cast and Crew" - This is an almost two and a half hour documentary that covers every topic imaginable from script to casting to rehearsals to the film’s release to the 10th anniversary reunion on the Oscar stage. With interviews from all the major players (both cast and filmmakers), this is a compelling (if overlong) look at a terrific film.

  • "Extended Musical Performances" - Thirteen musical performances are included here that feature the full versions of the numbers shown from a variety of angles; most mixed with rehearsal footage.

  • "Feature Commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Screenwriter Bill Condon" - interesting commentary about the film, although a lot of detail is covered in the feature-length documentary.

  • The 30-minute doc "From Stage to Screen" and the deleted musical number "Class" are included on the DVD only.


    "CHICAGO: DIAMOND EDITION"
    Blu-ray
    $14.99
    www.lionsgateshop.com

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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