Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2010


"Dirty Dancing" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen



Baby (Jennifer Grey) is a naive, but ambitious 17 year old when her family goes for a summer retreat in the Catskill Mountains.  While there, Baby falls for Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the dance instructor at the resort who is very different that the type of person she usually associates with.  When circumstances force Baby to have to fill in for Johnny's usual dance partner, they must spend time together and start to change how they feel for each other.



  • Lionsgate Films
  • 1987, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 41 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey
  • Directed by Emile Ardolino
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes


Dirty Dancing has certainly become a popular classic from the 1980's, like The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueler's Day Off.  Anyone that's reading this has seen it before, and can probably quote the movie even if they didn't enjoy it.  I'll admit that I was very young when I first saw the film and didn't fully understand it, so watching it again now, many things made more sense than they used to.


Dirty Dancing wasn't a high budget picture when it was made, and it shows now.  The transfer is fairly soft, lacking in shadow detail, and not nearly what Blu-ray can offer, but I have a feeling that lots of that is due to the source.  It's probably the best it has ever looked at home, but it's not what you will grab to show off your new TV or projector.  The sound is fairly anchored to the front, with light use of surrounds.  Vocals are well balanced so it's easy to understand at all times.


This comes fully loaded for everyone that loves the movie.  It includes a keepsake book, cast interviews, trailers, music videos, multiple featurettes, deleted scenes, alternative takes and endings, photo galleries, a tribute to Patrick Swayze, and more.  This is the kind of through collectors edition that I would want for my favorite films.