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Starring: Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson
Director: Bill Condon
Rating: PG (Drug References)
Year Made: 2006




- Extended and Alternate Scenes
- Music Video "Listen" by Beyonce Knowles



Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Korean/
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Berjaya HVN




With showstopping performances by a star-studded cast, Dreamgirls soars with the amazing story of three female singers who learn that anything is possible when you hold on to your dreams.


Dazzling lights, astounding choreography, big musical numbers – that’s what this movie is all about, and that’s what movies should be all about.

In a brilliant showbiz move, the filmmakers got American R & B singer Beyonce Knowles American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson together for what this reviewer thinks is a spectacular showdown of mind-blowing vocals and earth-shattering hollering.

Together with Jamie “Ray Charles” Foxx, Eddie “Donkey” Murphy and a wonderful cast of black actors, Knowles and Hudson star in this drama based on the 1981 Broadway musical of the same name. It tells the story of how three girls aspire to become pop stars in a time of fame, greed and romance.

Be enthralled by the stars’ powerful voices during the movie’s 130-minute runtime. Everyone sings, everyone dances, everyone looks like he or she is having a hell of a time shooting this lavishly-filmed picture. There are authentic production sets and pretty costumes and hairstyles to ogle at. Everything in this movie is eye-catching, bright and colorful.

And who can miss Hudson’s rendition of “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going”? At the end of the five-minute sequence, this reviewer was left stunned and shocked at what he has just seen, and heard, for that matter. This is probably what made the Oscar jury award the first-time actress with the “Best Supporting Actress” statuette at this year’s Academy Awards.

It may look like Knowles has been left out in the cold, but seeing her strut her stuff, posing for a alluringly glittery montage of posh designer outfits, one cannot help feel that this is a personal showcase of the singer-actress’ tempting curves. She also gets to belt out the four-minute “Listen” in a heart-rending sequence which made this reviewer sit up in awe. Together with two other numbers (“Patience” and “Love You I Do”), this potent song made this Bill Condon-directed movie the first live-action movie in history to score three “Original Song” nominations at the Oscars.

Alas, none of the breathtaking songs went home with an award that night.

Alas again, because this entertaining movie was also shut out at the “Best Picture” and “Best Director” categories despite its total of eight nominations. Other than Hudson’s award, the other award it won was for “Best Sound Mixing”.

But as the movie tagline says: “All you have to do is dream”, anything is possible with the power of dreams. With these Dreamgirls, movie magic never felt so fantastically spectacular.


This Code 3 DVD contains 12 extended song numbers with a total runtime of 37 minutes, including “Effie, Sing My Song” which features a Hudson performance not seen in cinemas. You also get Knowles looking very aggravated in the “Listen” music video. For those who crave for more of the movie magic, there is a two-disc special edition out there for your keeps.


The disc’s visual transfer makes this reviewer want to sing and dance on the brightly-lit stage with the Dreamgirls, while the Dolby Digital English audio track makes all the songs, especially “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” and “Listen” extra potent.



Review by John Li


Alternative Opinion:

. The movie review by our columnist

. Dreamgirls (Soundtrack Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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