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Dreamgirls

Comparison:

  • Theatrical Version
  • Extended Director's Cut
Release: May 02, 2018 - Author: brainbug1602 - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
Compared are the Theatrical Version and the Extended Director's Cut.



Detroit, 1962. Effie, Deena and Lorrell rock a singing contest and car salesman Curtis signs them. Starting as background singers for James Early, they kick butt as "The Dreams". Differences of opinion and the change of sound are the reasons the band is falling apart.

Dreamgirls by Bill Condon is based on the eponymous Broadway musical and manages to perfectly add the Motown sound of the 60s and 70s to some thriller drama starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy and Danny Glover. Great music, terrific actors, highly recommendable.

Even back in 2013, director Bill Condon mentioned a longer version with approx. 20 additional minutes. But 4 more years had to go by until the "Director's Extended Edition" was finally released on 10/10/2017 in the US. The Extended Director's Cut is available on Blu-ray & DVD is approx. 10 minutes longer. Fans can look forward to more music and musical character itself is being pointed out more as well. There are some alternate scenes in which the characters express their feelings in their songs while the Theatrical Version contains short dialogs instead. In addition to that, there are numerous alterations with a length of less than 1 sec each but those do not really matter. Occasionally, the aspect ratio is different - this will not be mentioned in the following comparison.

All in all, the Extended Director's Cut is the much better version of the movie and it is highly recommendable.



Duration:

Theatrical Version: 130:12 min
Extended Director's Cut: 140:22 min
[00:02:16]

Marty a little longer plus Joann is being told that the limo is waiting.



Extended Director's Cut: 2.20 sec


[00:02:25]

When the women are gone, there is footage of the performance. Marty gets upstairs. Curtis asks if he was interested in the sound of tomorrow but Marty keeps walking.

A girl comes running. She is late already and asks some guy how long had already been on. The guys says for an hour. Curts witnesses the entire thing and gets inside.



Extended Director's Cut: 32.17 sec


[00:03:38]

When the girls are running of the stage, the Theatrical Version shows Marty.



The Extended Director's Cut contains an alternate shot of Marty. Curtis keeps an eye on everything.



Theatrical Version: 2.17 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 4.40 sec


[00:03:51]

"Little Alber and the Tru-Tones" perform much longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 26.87 sec


[00:18:04]

James Thunder Early's performance begins much earlier.



Extended Director's Cut: 29.53 sec


[00:18:38]

James Thunder Early performs longer. At the same time, one gets to see him enter a bar, hit on some girl when all of a sudden her boyfriend appears right behind him.



Extended Director's Cut: 26.40 sec


[00:19:05]

The dancers longer in the Theatrical Version, followed by James Thunder Early.



In the Extended Director's Cut, the scene with James Thunder Early is longer. The guy from the bar tries to punch him but he misses. At the same time, there is footage of his performance.



Theatrical Version: 5.67 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 28.57 sec


[00:19:34]

The bus slightly longer in the Theatrical Version.



Theatrical Version: 0.2 sec


[00:19:39]

The Theatrical Version contains a shot of James.



The Extended Director's Cut shows the dancer at the mic instead.



Theatrical Version: 1.53 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 3.20 sec


[00:19:45]

In the Theatrical Version, sits with James.



The Extended Director's Cut shows James performing instead.



Theatrical Version: 3.70 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 2.30 sec


[00:19:57]

James a little longer after he says "Rough and Black". Furthermore, the subsequent shot of him starts a bit earlier.



Extended Director's Cut: 1.10 sec


[00:20:03]

James slightly earlier in the Theatrical Version.



Theatrical Version: 0.30 sec


[00:20:14]

James insignificantly longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 0.17 sec


[00:20:30]

In the Theatrical Version, James starts hitting on the girl.



The Extended Director's Cut contains footage of him performing instead.



Theatrical Version: 5.17 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 5.60 sec


[00:20:40]

James insignificantly earlier in the Theatrical Version.



Theatrical Version: 0.13 sec


[00:20:44]

The dancers briefly longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 0.30 sec


[00:20:46]

Ditto.



Extended Director's Cut: 0.13 sec


[00:22:25]

The Theatrical Version shows the drummer, then the band.



In the Extended Director's Cut, the camera zooms out on the band instead.



Theatrical Version: 5.27 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 11.23 sec


[00:29:28]

Prior to the shot of Curtis, the Theatrical Version pans from the church to the vehicle.



The Extended Director's Cut shows the car in front of the shop, then Curtis. Last but not least, the car starts.



Theatrical Version: 3.83 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 11.10 sec


[00:30:04]

In the Theatrical Version, Curtis says he was the only one who could protect him. Then he tosses the smoke.



In the Extended Director's Cut, the guy explains they head stolen the hit song. Curtis then starts singing. He wants to take control while the guy sings about not having had any success so far.



Theatrical Version: 4.67 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 45.83 sec


[00:34:59]

James performs a little longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 8,73 sec


[00:35:22]

Same here.



Extended Director's Cut: 2,50 sec


[00:35:26]

James goes berserk, then Curtis.



Extended Director's Cut: 2.49 sec


[00:35:29]

The Theatrical Version shows Curtis, then a part of the show.



The Extended Director's Cut contains alternate footage of the show.



Theatrical Version: 3.37 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 7.13 sec


[00:37:47]

Subsequent to the guitar player, the Theatrical Version shows the band.



In the Extended Director's Cut, the shot of Effie starts earlier instead.



Theatrical Version: 1.63 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 1.63 sec


[00:38:30]

Effie's song is longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 24.63 sec


[00:59:58]

Before Effie leaves the stage, the Theatrical Version contains a part of the show of the Dreamgirls.



In the Extended Director's Cut, she performances longer.



Theatrical Version: 3.80 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 23.30 sec


[01:13:14]

Deena walks by the pool before the door is being opened for her.



Extended Director's Cut: 9.30 sec


[01:13:32]

The manager explains Deena did not have what it took to get a part in Cleopatra by Paramount. Curtus angrily gets up and says he would find another way to finance the movie. Curts adds only Deena's name was not good enough to sell records anymore.



Extended Director's Cut: 49.17 sec


[01:19:02]

Cut to Deena. The song is a little longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 3.83 sec


[01:19:25]

The city slightly longer.



Theatrical Version: 0.63 sec


[01:19:32]

Now the hallway.



Theatrical Version: 0.33 sec


[01:20:34]

The Theatrical Version first shows the singers, the James singing a duet.



In the Extended Director's Cut, the song is much longer.



Theatrical Version: 4.57 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 18.40 sec


[01:26:40]

Effie's performance is longer. She also sings "I'm trying to find a way."



Extended Director's Cut: 6.93 sec


[01:26:50]

Effie's song is much longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 32.43 sec


[01:30:35]

The Jackson 5 perform longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 25.00 sec


[01:34:05]

James slightly longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 0.67 sec


[01:34:07]

The Theatrical Version shows James perform.



In the Extended Director's Cut, there are additional scenes of his performance.



Theatrical Version: 1.97 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 18.30 sec


[01:38:20]

Lorrell a little longer in the Theatrical Version.



The Extended Director's Cut shows James, followed by Lorrell singing she had another show ahead of her.



Theatrical Version: 1.13 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 16.43 sec


[01:39:37]

In the Theatrical Version, the camera zooms in on James. People clap while the music is fainting.



The Extended Director's Cut contains alternate footage of James and the show. He sings he would kneel before Curtis because he had been there way before.



Theatrical Version: 13.00 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 29.60 sec


[01:46:01]

In the Theatrical Version, C.C. White comes to Effie.



The performance continues in the Extended Director's Cut, then an alternate scene with C.C. White.



Theatrical Version: 1.33 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 11.87 sec


[01:46:14]

In the Theatrical Version, Effie stands up and asks C.C. why he would show up after all those years. C.C. explains he had been young and stupid. Effie does not want to be used by him.



The Extended Director's Cut contains alternate footage - the dialog is identically equal though.



Theatrical Version: 16.87 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 16.83 sec


[01:46:32]

C.C. a bit longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 0.93 sec


[01:46:38]

In the Theatrical Version, C.C. tells Effie he needed her because he had an amazing song only she could sing.



In the Extended Director's Cut, C.C. starts singing about him being her brother, having regrets that he did not contact her earlier. They then both sing about being matured. C.C. then sings about the song he has for Effie. Effie is happy about it and wants to hear it one more time.



The subsequent shot starts earlier.



Theatrical Version: 13.43 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 89.30 sec


[01:48:55]

Effie records longer at the studio.



Extended Director's Cut: 15.67 sec


[01:49:18]

The mourners slightly longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 1.00 sec


[01:49:25]

In the Theatrical Version, Effie sings - followed by a shot of C.C.



The Extended Director's Cut shows the mourners longer and the shot of Effie is longer as well. There is also an intercut to C.C.



Theatrical Version: 4.90 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 26.34 sec


[01:49:56]

The sound guy longer & the girl earlier.



Extended Director's Cut: 1.30 sec


[01:50:13]

In the Theatrical Version, Effie finishes the song.



The Extended Director's Cut contains alternate footage a this point.



Theatrical Version: 19.17 sec
Extended Director's Cut: 45.77 sec


[02:03:57]

The zoom on Curtis is a little longer.



Extended Director's Cut: 2.90 sec


[02:04:42]

Curtis says Tania's album would be released in the following month and it would be really good.



Extended Director's Cut: 5.00 sec