Broadway's celebratory musical about rejection makes it to the screen in a fizzless adaptation by Richard Attenborough that misses the whole point of the Broadway show -- i.e. the dancing and the dancers. Instead, the dancers become a limp Greek chorus for the dead love affair between a choreographer, Zach (a pre-Gordon Gekko Michael Douglas) and his old flame, the star dancer Cassie (Alyson Reed). Zach is holding try-outs for a new Broadway musical and, as armies of dancers are brought on stage to audition for Zach, he sits in the darkened recesses of the theater, puffing on a cigarette, as he winnows out hopeful dancers who want to become part of the chorus line for Zach's new show. Finally, Zach has reduced the dancers to 16 men and women, and he asks each of them to step to the footlights and tell him about their lives and their dreams. But backstage, while the dancers are confessing their pasts to Zach, Zach's past walks through the stage door. Sheila, Zach's ex-lover, whom Zach met, courted and broke up with in the theatrical environs, has returned. Once a big star, Sheila has returned to the theater -- not to see Zach but to audition for Zach's musical. She needs the work.
"Marvin Hamlisch: From Broadway to Hollywood" featurette
Great movie! I saw the original movie when it was released in 1985, and it has always been one of my favorite. Therefore, I was very pleased when I discovered that it was available on Blu-ray. The quality is excellent, and now I can watch the movie whenever I want to see it!
I had this DVD years ago and just replaced it. Just as enjoyable as the first time viewing it. Having seen the original Broadway show, I was at first, skeptical, but definitely not disappointed. Music keeps you going. Michael Douglas great as usual. The movie gives you an idea how shows are put together and the ups and downs of the cast members competing for the parts offered. The finale song, "One" is just as great as the Broadway show. A lot of critics panned the DVD, but I feel that possibly the critics don't like musicals and probably just dramas, thus giving this movie a low rating. You won't be disappointed watching this movie. Enjoy!
Found this in the "discount" bin at the local store while looking at replacements for our TV. It's a great musical! I was surprised at how "grainy" the picture appeared relative to other Blu-Ray content I've viewed. However, after watching other "dated" Blu-Ray content and doing a little research, I realized I need to lower my expectations when viewing movies filmed 30+ years ago versus those more "recently" filmed.
I've looked for A Chorus Line years. First when it was a video. This time I was looking for a DVD. Found it in a couple of places but Best Buy is my location of choice.
I loved watching it again after so many years. It was such a pleasure.
I was a dancer of a different sort and love watching choreography and music. Thank you for such bliss.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great filmic transfer
A Chorus Line finally arrives on blu ray, and thank god it got a true ly filmic transfer. I have been waiting for this to be released on blu ray for a long time now, and was worried that it might not get a faithful transfer, but to my delight it is a very good transfer and doesn't have all of that digial tweekness going on such as false edge enhancements or DNR. It looks very much like a FILM transferred from a really clean film print.