- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 1, 2007
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Dreamworks Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Music Video: Beyoncé - "Listen"
- Alternate Scenes: Extended Musical Numbers (12)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 2006 -
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson
Rolling Stone - 12/14/2006
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This baby dazzles like nothing else anywhere....DREAMGIRLS is a movie that has everything: a blazing new star in Jennifer Hudson, a riveting, revitalized Eddie Murphy, a hot-lick score...[and] a timely story..."
New York Times - 12/15/2006
"[W]hen was the last time you saw a first-time film actress upstage an Oscar winner, a pop diva and a movie star of long standing' Ms. Hudson is not going anywhere. She has arrived."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/22/2006
"DREAMGIRLS is the rare movie musical with real rapture in it....[The editing] works in beautiful smooth tandem with the whooshing, darting camera." -- Grade: B+
Rolling Stone - 12/28/2006
Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "DREAMGIRLS is a movie you take to heart."
Total Film - 03/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "Murphy delivers easily his best work to date in a role that perfectly utilises his wise-cracking persona, earthy singing voice and steadily advancing years."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2007
"[T]he greatest pleasure comes from its honesty as a musical....[With] great spangly extravaganzas of glam and glory, fireworks and frocks."
Ultimate DVD - 07/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "Packed with big production numbers and dazzling cinematography, this movie is sequin-sharp and note perfect..."
The 1982 Tony-Award-winning musical DREAMGIRLS shimmies its way to the big screen with a stellar cast and undeniable sheen. Set in 1960s Detroit, DREAMGIRLS follows the commercial and cultural struggles of the R&B recording industry, through the rise of the Dreamettes (later shortened to just the Dreams) from backup singers to headlining international superstars. The trio--Deena (Beyoncé Knowles), Effie (Jennifer Hudson), and Lorrell (Anika Noni Rose)--soon discover the harsh reality behind the glamour of fame and fortune, as the group's controlling and shady manager, Curtis Taylor Jr. (Jamie Foxx), uses them to help build his musical empire and capture his dream of crossing over from R&B to the pop charts. He sacrifices Effie's immense talent as lead singer for Deena's stunning, more mainstream look to sell the sound, pushing marketable appeal over musical artisanship--and compromising the ambitions of his protégés.
Since its Broadway debut, DREAMGIRLS has been widely rumored to be inspired by the hugely successful girl-group the Supremes, as well as some of Motown's biggest players. Knowles's Deena portrays a Diana Ross-like character, radiant in miraculous recreations of the hairstyles and fashions that made Ross timeless, while Foxx's Taylor exemplifies the style of influential Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. Former AMERICAN IDOL contestant Jennifer Hudson makes her feature-film debut delivering a knockout performance as the larger-than-life Effie, and Eddie Murphy is believable as the misunderstood James Brown-like character of Jimmy "Thunder" Early. Vibrant with colorful costumes and sleek backdrops, the film flows effortlessly from dialogue to musical numbers, each song capturing the richness of the talented cast and the essence of the era, endlessly soaring with fast-paced excitement and nonstop emotion.
- Theatrical Release: December 15, 2006