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Chicago (DVD)

This Hollywood adaptation of the classic Broadway musical sparkles with glamour and reverberates with the energy of good, old-fashioned song and dance...

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“One of My Favourite Musicals”

published 10/01/2018

ProExcellent film

ConsNone

Chicago is one of my favourite films and it was therefore the film I pinged to after the disaster of The Belko Experiment. It’s an oldie but it’s a goodie and it’s a film that will never grow too old for me. As far as musicals go, this one is up there with the best of them and the gritty topic...

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“Chicago”

published 01/05/2010

ProGreat songs, fantastic actors who can act, sing an...

ConsPlot that is perhaps a little too thin, some will ...

Chicago. The windy city. It's the 1920's when health and safety concerns are of no importance to anyone. The time is filled with booze, sex, jazz and apparently, murder too. Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is the star in a vaudeville show. She's got the dazzling star quality, the voice, the...

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“A Razzle Dazzle of a Film!”

published 29/10/2009

ProGreat story, acting, song and dancing

ConsNone from me

As I had my Nan staying with me last week we both decided that we would take over the TV and watch a film of our choice. We both agreed on this one as we are both fans of Richard Gere much to hubby annoyance! The film is based around Roxie Hart who dreams of making it on stage, she is even having...

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Excellent

“All that jazz on Chicago”

published 01/02/2004

Progreat acting, wonderful songs, the costumes

Consnot for children, songs missed out from the origin...

Musicals. They are a genre of films that make some people break out in a cold sweat as their thoughts turn to cutesy precocious stage school brats, dodgy Cockney accents and sweeter than sugar nannies and governesses. However the musical has progressed and reinvented itself with Chicago the...

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Super

ProStrong cast, well-directed

ConsNot one for musical-haters

Roxi Hart is a wannabe vaudeville star who achieves fame when she kills her lying lover in a fit of pique. Velma Kelly is an established star who achieves infamy after killing her adulterous husband and sister. The two women both end up on Murderers’ Row, where they have to vie for the...

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“A swinging good movie”

published 23/02/2003

ProGreat songs, strong performances

ConsRichard Gere's voice

I’ll admit it, I’m a fan of musicals. No, I love musicals! So I’ve been rather excited about seeing Chicago, the film version of the stage musical. I first saw it with my boyfriend; ladies, do not go and see this film with a fella! He thought it was ‘all right’, while I loved it! In fairness to...

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Excellent

“My Kind of Town”

published 26/02/2003

ProAn Excellent Film

ConsSome musical omissions

Chicago is a glossy, slick musical written by John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show was originally only semi successful and has been revived several times. Perhaps one of the most interesting things is that no matter when you see it or saw it, the subject always remains topical. As a fan of musical...

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Excellent

“Razzle Dazzle Chicago”

published 22/01/2003

ProEXCELLENT , FUN, GREAT MUSIC

ConsNOTHING

After seeing the brilliant trailer for this film with the great songs I just had to see this film. Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta Jones are quite an odd pair to be in a film together but they were excellent. Renee Zellweger had the bigger part and after Bridget Jones' Diary she has shown she...

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Excellent

ProThe songs

ConsNot for non musical lovers

It’s the 1920’s in downtown Chicago where murder has almost become an art and so called crimes of passion result in celebrity status for many of the females currently occupying the city’s famed Murderess Row. Blonde bombshell Roxie Hart(Renee Zelleweger) is married to loyal and...

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“I Wanna Be (In)Famous!”

published 20/11/2003

ProSee Review

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The beginning of this film, in my opinion, is the best opening to any film ever. The music, the rush, the atmosphere, it immediately makes you love the film, and see what it is. Because Chicago isn’t a film with some elements that are good, and others that are weak. Chicago is a film anyone...

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Excellent

ProFantastic acting, brilliant soundtrack

ConsMay turn you in to a husband murderer

Chicago, renound for its slightly murky past. Murder, gangsters, jazz, and liquor are the main contributors to the tasty plot in this film. Topping the bill is Reneé Zellweger, playing the main character Roxie. Most famously known for the film Bridget Jones’ diary, I was a little skeptical as to...

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“One for the man haters...”

published 23/01/2003

ProStylish, sexy, great songs, big stars- what more c...

ConsViolent in places

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery. All those things we hold near and dear to our hearts… ---Plot--- Chicago in the early 1930s. A city where killing is a form of entertainment and where, if...

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“5, 6, 7, 8!!”

published 28/10/2006

ProSassy, Well Concieved, well Choreographed

Consmain Story Feels A tad Dated

Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart whom is sent to prison after shooting and killing a man. Roxie - a wannabe starlet - then meets Velma Kelly a once Jazz star who was sent to prison after murdering her sister and husband and Hart learns how to manipulate the media and turn her 'style' into a...

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Excellent

ProGreat acting, great music, excellent dance routine...

ConsNone!

INTRODUCTION I love musicals, so when I saw the DVD of Chicago was available, I rented it from our local Blockbuster. So on Friday evening, I sat down to watch it with two of my daughters (aged 10 and 12). My husband was playing on the football game, but was half-watching, as was my son (11). I...

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Excellent

ProEntertaining, great musical numbers, very enjoyabl...

ConsNone

Chicago is one of my newest favourite films; right up there with Billy Elliot and Forrest Gump. I wouldn't have thought it was my type of film, but I decided to buy it on Amazon after winning a gift voucher from another opinionating site. I was wary, but I'm glad I did! It did very well, winning...

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Product Information : Chicago (DVD)

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This Hollywood adaptation of the classic Broadway musical sparkles with glamour and reverberates with the energy of good, old-fashioned song and dance. As the film leaps into its first riveting act, Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), one half of the famous number she performs with her sister, arrives at the night club late, dishevelled, and with blood on her hands. Nonetheless, she goes onstage unhindered and wows the crowd with her shimmying rendition of 'All That Jazz'. Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) a young blonde who dreams of someday being famous like Velma, watches from the audience with eyes full of envy. Later, as the cops pick up Velma for the murder of her sister, sending her fame to all-time heights as she becomes a tabloid sensation, Roxie also commits a crime of passion--shooting a lover who falsely promised to secure her cabaret debut. The girls wind up together in jail, where Mama Morton (Queen Latifah), a compassionate guard, is their only hope of redemption; and Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) is the lawyer who can get them out. There, through wonderfully familiar songs like 'Razzle Dazzle', 'Cell-Block Tango', and 'Cellophane Man' Roxie and Velma tell their story of competing for bad-girl celebrity. Director Rob Marshall presents a loveable CHICAGO that shares all the grit and grime of the Bob Fosse Broadway original with phenomenal performances by this grouping of Hollywood stars. The dizzying camerawork and dazzling sets make an easy transition from stage to film.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Release date: 12/09/2005, 04/08/2003

No of Discs: 2, 1

Catalogue No: BUA 0013401, BED 888819

Barcode: 8717418056377, 5017188888196

Voice: Danny Elfman

Choreographer: Bob Fosse

Music: Fred Ebb

Studio(s): WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINM; TECHNICOLOR DISTRIBUTION SERVICES

Author: Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb

Director of Photography: Dion Beebe

Screenwriter: Bill Condon

Producer: Martin Richards

Composer: Danny Elfman, Fred Ebb

Languages

Main Language: English

Professional Reviews

Review: "...Fresh and daring....Queen Latifah and John C. Reilly are the surprise standouts..." (Box Office, p.59, 01/03/2003)<br><br>"...Zeta-Jones, all legs and growls, has found her calling card..." (Film Comment, p.73, 01/01/2003)<br><br>"...It's Zeta-Jones who keeps you watching from start to finish....She refuses to let you go....If musicals are dreams, she is their greatest dreamer..." (Los Angeles Times, p.C8, 27/12/2002)<br><br>"...[The actors] deliver sizzling performances....This tawdry, hard-as-nails carnival of ghouls generates plenty of fireworks..." (Movieline, p.62, 01/02/2003)<br><br>"...It's the raw expenditure of energy and the canniness of the staging that should pull audiences in and keep them rooted..." (New York Times, p.E1, 27/12/2002)<br><br>"...Zellweger wins our hearts. That's what makes her dangerous. Just like the movie....Dynamite..." (Rolling Stone, p.76, 23/01/2003)<br><br>"...[Jones] makes nightclub singer Velma a droll fishnet virtuoso..." (Sight and Sound, p.41-2, 01/02/2003)<br><br>"...CHICAGO shows how much the element of surprise is missing from today's movies....It's part of the basic Zeta-Jones bio that she can really sing, and, wow, can she..." (USA Today, p.7D, 27/12/2002)<br><br>

Technical Information

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Deleted Scene, Behind The Scenes Footage

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English<br>Dolby Digital 2.0 English

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0

Award Information

BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress 2002 (Catherine Zeta Jones)

OSCAR: Best Actress In A Supporting Role 2002 (Catherine Zeta Jones)

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