“Step Up” Blu-Ray Review
It's hard to believe that "Step Up" has never been released on blu-ray until now. How could this great movie have been denied the wonders of HD for so long? That was the main question we had when we received our review copy of "Step Up". With the 4th movie in the franchise coming out this year, it was a huge surprise to us that the one that started it all hadn't been released on Blu-Ray yet. Either way, we're glad it's finally released because now we get to tell you about it.
If you are unfamiliar with the "Step Up" series of movies the best way I can describe them is "the fast and furious of dance movies". The movies are bright, colorful, kind of dumb, but always entertaining. And while "Step Up 2: The Streets" is probably a little more "fun" than the original, I still have to watch the whole thing whenever it comes on TV. The movie follows Tyler Gage, played by Channing Tatum, as a delinquent kid who gets in trouble for messing up the art school's auditorium after a party one night. In order to make up for the damages he is sentenced to 200 hours of community service at the school, which is where he runs into Nora. Nora, played by Jenna Dewan (who actually became Channing Tatum's wife after this movie), is working on her senior dance project in hopes of impressing a dance company and fulfilling her dream of becoming a professional dancer. So of course, when Nora's dance partner gets hurt, Tyler steps in to help her practice and work on the routine.
If you've seen enough movies you can kind of figure out where the rest of the movie goes. Like I said, it's not a sophisticated movie, it's just good, clean, fun. The dancing is pretty good, the music is good and the acting is decent. It's enough to get me to sit down and watch the flick more than once.
The video on this blu-ray transfer looks good. The box indicated that it's been "remastered and enhanced", or something like that, so I would hope the video looked good. I didn't see any obvious issues, the colors popped, the blacks were black, and everything looked pretty good.
Presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, the audio was perfect. The balance between voices and music was great and the use of the surround sound was spot on. The soundtrack on this movie lends a lot to the story, so it was nice to be able to hear things as they were intended.
The special features on the disc are just "ok". The only feature that is in HD is the previews that were added, everything else is in standard definition and I imagine it's the same features that were found on the DVD release. There's a commentary track with Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan and director/choreographer Anne Fletcher. Then a 5 minute "Making the Moves for Step Up" featurette that dives into the dance sequences in the flick. There are 7 pointless deleted scenes followed by a 1-minute, pointless blooper reel. And since the music is such an integral part of this flick, a bunch of music videos are included for your viewing pleasure. Like I said though, except for the trailers, all of the special features are in SD which is kind of disappointing. You would think since it took them this long to put the movie on blu-ray that they would have at least taken the time to do HD features...
So overall if you're a fan of the "Step Up" series and can't get enough of this movie, then pick this up. The audio and video make it a great experience, but don't expect much in the way of special features. And for those that haven't seen the flick yet, you may want to wait and check it out on TV first, then make your decision. As I said, we're big fans of the franchise here, but that doesn't mean it's necessarily a good movie.