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Chicago (2002/Blu-ray)


Picture: B+     Sound: B+     Extras: B     Film: B



The film of the hit musical Chicago (2002) is one people are still talking about and the talk heated up again when Dreamgirls (directed by Chicago’s Bill Condon, who just produced here while Rob Marshall directed here) arrived and became almost as big a hit.  Together, the comprise two of the best film Musicals since Grease, so it is no surprise Disney has made it one of their first Blu-ray releases and one fop the first Musicals to arrive in either HD format.  We have previously reviewed the film and that cove rage can be found at the following link:





That was a good, solid DVD version of the film, but this new Blu-ray has all the extras and improved playback performance overall.  The already impressive 1.85 x 1 frame is now here in an even clearer, more colorful and deeper appearance at 1080p digital High Definition, making the musical numbers even more involving and vivid.  Fore those who had not seen it in 35mm in theaters and were not impressed with previous DVD and video presentations, they need to see this version, often offering demonstration quality images.


That standard DVD also had standard Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 mixes.  The regular Dolby has been retained, but the DTS has been supplanted by an even more impressive PCM 24-bit/48kHz 5.1 mix that blows away the previous video versions and music-only soundtrack release.  This is nicely recorded and is a sonic treat for those who love sound fidelity.  For those who love and have titles in the multi-channel audio formats Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio, they too will be anxious to add this to their collections.


Extras are the same as the expanded Razzle-Dazzle Edition, but the improved access is a plus, though everything is improved all around making this an early overall winner in Blu-ray releases in general.  Slowly but surely, this has become a new gem in Disney’s live action catalog.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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