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"Strictly Ballroom" (DVD) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

From Baz Luhrmann, the director of the award-winning hits Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, comes the hilariously funny romantic comedy that will leave you singing, laughing and cheering for more. Experience the magical story of a championship ballroom dancer who's breaking all the rules in a fantastic new special edition, complete with never-before-seen bonus features! A hit with fans and critics all across the globe, Strictly Ballroom will hold you tight and dance straight into your heart. In a fabulous special edition, it's a dream come true!

Specifications

  • Miramax Films
  • 2010, Color, Rated PG, 1 Hr 34 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 Dolby Digital, French and Spanish Subtitles
  • Starring: Paul Mercurio, Bill Hunter, Tara Morice, Gia Carides
  • Directed by Baz Luhrmann
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

In a nutshell, an up-and-coming champion ballroom dancer gets bored dancing the same tired steps that everyone has danced in competition the past 50 years and wants to break out and do things his way. Of course, his way is the better way because it comes from his heart. However, that causes astonishment, high drama, dashed hopes and total hilarity that ensues as forces clash to prevent the young man from taking ballroom dancing’s traditions and turning them on their head. It is sort of like your grade school teacher telling you it is bad to color outside of the lines. Creativity is dangerous! I was pleasantly surprised by this movie as it is a light-hearted spoof, but the dancing is very real. After viewing it, my wife turned to me and said, “That was fun!” I agree. A great date movie, guys.

Technical

This movie cries out for a BD version as the costumes and colors would have been greatly enhanced by higher resolution. However, even in DVD form, the picture quality was very clean and the sound was enveloping. In general, the film looked very good, if but a little soft. Sound was clear and punchy during the musical numbers, but your sub will snooze through the rest of the show.

Extras

Strictly Ballroom from Stage to Screen documentary, Samba to Slow Fox, design gallery, filmmaker commentary and deleted scenes.