Picks and Pans Review: DVD View

updated 08/18/2003 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/18/2003 01:00AM

Music has been integral to movies since Al Jolson belted out "Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye" in 1927's The Jazz Singer. Though the popularity of full-blown musicals waxes and wanes, thanks to Chicago it's on the upswing again. Some new releases highlight tuneful offerings.

Chicago (Miramax, $29.99)

A cynical look at a would-be nightclub crooner (Renée Zellweger) in the '20s who shoots to fame by murdering her lover, this year's Oscar winner for Best Picture loses none of its razzle-dazzle on DVD. If anything, the performances by hardworking stars Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones (who nabbed a Supporting Oscar), Richard Gere and Queen Latifah gain depth.

Extras: "Class," an excised snappy duet by Zeta-Jones and Latifah, and audio commentary by director Rob Marshall and writer Bill Condon that tends toward the self-congratulatory. (PG-13)

All That Jazz (Fox, $14.98)

Legendary stage director Bob Fosse, who launched Chicago on Broadway in 1975, shines a harsh spotlight on his own excesses in a largely autobiographical drama from 1979 featuring sleek, sexy musical numbers.

Extras: Star Roy Scheider provides an insightful, anecdote-filled audio commentary. (R)

The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Disney, $29.99)

Teen queen Hilary Duff brings her girl-power TV show to the big screen, adding innocuous pop songs.

Extras: Deleted scenes, an alternate ending and a peek at Duff recording her latest CD. (PG)

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