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"Step Up" (3D) (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Adrian Wittenberg

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Synopsis

Moose (Adam Sevani) had given up dancing when he was enrolled as a freshman to NYU where he would pursue a degree in engineering.  Shortly after arriving to NYU he accidentally stumbles his way in the middle of a hip-hop dance battle where he is challenged.  Moose rises to the challenge and publicy defeats a member of the Samurai Clan, one of the premier hip-hop dance crews in the city.  The other premier hip-hop dance crew called The Pirates, takes notice of Moose's abilities and recruits him into their crew so they can win a large sum of money in a major dance battle competition and in the process save their dance studio from being sold off.  Moose must now try and balance his studies with his passion for hip-hop dance as he trains with The Pirates and tries to maintain passing grades at NYU.

Specifications

  • Disney / Buena Vista
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 47 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Starring: Sharni Vinson, Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, Alyson Stoner, Harry Shum Jr.
  • Directed by Jon Chu
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I have never seen a dance movie that has had as much amazing choreography and talent as this one has.  In particular, the Battle of Red Hook robotic ending sequence combined with the stellar sound effects and soundtrack the movie has is about as cool as a hip-hop dance sequence can get.  The film has a cookie cutter plot which has been used countless times in films and it revolves around trying to save a dance studio by entering a dance competition with a high dollar prize.  The story was ridiculous at times ( Being hip-hop accosted in a restroom comes to mind).  The story, acting, and plot provide only a mildly amusing experience but the dance choreography, cinematography, visuals, and sound transform this into a highly entertaining movie.  In 2D the dance sequences in the film have stellar impact and in 3D, it's like watching an entirely different presentation.  Dancing turns out to be an excellent subject for 3D representation because it allows us to see the dance choreography with more respect to the dancer's individual space.  In 3D we can see the dancers move from the background to the foreground as well as side to side which gives you a sense of the space where all of them are moving together.  The 3D effects in this film are very entertaining and make this title an excellent addition to a 3D movie collection.

Technical

There is very good color and detail throughout the film with a warm and natural presentation.  There is a high level of depth in the darker scenes as well as excellent detail present in the city scenes as well as the elaborate dance sequences.  3D seperation between the dancers is excellent and the effects are used effectively and judiciously.

Extras

Extras include music videos, making of the music videos, deleted scene and extra dance sequences, and Born from a Boombox, a documentary style mini film that features interviews with the dancers from the movie.