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.
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
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
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
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)