The "Showstopper Edition" has all the extras that money
can buy. First up we get a promotional music video for Beyonce'
song "Listen". We also get 11 extended performances from
the movie that really are just the performances without
any cutaways. There is also a previously unreleased song
by Jennifer Hudson. ***
Disc two features the bulk of the extras and the heavy
lifting is handled admirably by some terrific featurettes
and behind-the-scenes footage.
"Building the Dream" is a full length documentary that
begins with the show's premiere on Broadway and its development
(with many false starts to film versions) to the final version
we saw in theaters. We also get behind-the-scenes footage
that appears in the documentary that is uncut as well. ***
Featurettes include "Dream Logic" a brief featurette
on the editing of the film demonstrating the effective montage
used in one sequence.
"Dressing the Dreams" provides us with scenes alternated
with the original costumer designs and the reasons the final
choices were made discussed by the costumer designer.
"Center Stage" focuses on the theatrical lighting
used to create the impression the stage sequences are taking
place in a live venue. We also get image galleries with
storyboards, designs and art from the film. Finally there
are seven previsualized sequences included integrating storyboards
and rehearsal footage to help guide the filmmakers in shooting
the film. ---