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Burlesque Blu-ray Review

“Burlesque” is an embarassingly uninspired musical.

The plot: An ambitious small town singer moves to L.A. with a dream of becoming a singer/dancer. Naturally, she struggles right off the bat, but she manages to land a job at a Burlesque club where her life soon changes forever. Add in the usual romantic interest and club on the verge of closing plotlines and you know what to expect from this formulaic musical.

When I first heard there was going to be a movie set in the burlesque world, I was interested. Of course, this was before I heard two has beens (Cher and Christina Aguilera) were cast and that the film wasn’t set during the golden days of burlesque. Instead, this unecessarily big budget musical is set in modern day and, to make matters worse, the film rips off every musical cliché known to man (as well as films like “Chicago” and “Showgirls”). There isn’t an original moment in “Burlesque”.

Flaws aside, the film does have a few highlights. For one, it’s never boring. You can criticize the story and acting all you want, but the film is fast paced. As for the acting, there are a few solid performances here. As per usual, Stanley Tucci is great here. He can be good in even the worst movies. The charismatic Cam Gigandet and Kristen Bell also shine in supporting roles. It’s a shame their talents weren’t used in better films though. Hopefully they can land better roles in the future.

Summary: If you like Cher, Christina Aguilera, and dancing, you might want to give “Burlesque” a rent. If you aren’t a fan of those three things, you have no business renting this clunker.  

The 2.40:1 1080p picture quality is probably the best thing about this disc. This is one of the best sony transfers I’ve seen in awhile as the colors are not ultra heightened

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is bursting with life (unlike the film). It’s loud and clear whether you like it or not.

Extras:
* Sony ads and trailers.
* DVD copy.
* Alternate opening.
* Blooper reel.
* BD-Live capabilities.
* The Burlesque Jukebox.
* “Burlesque Is Back”- A featurette about the film with writer/director Steven Antin and other cast members talking about burlesque and the film.

* A dull commentary by writer/director Steven Antin. He tends to state the obvious.

* Movie IQ trivia track.
* “The Performers: The Cast Of Burlesque”- A featurette on the cast including interviews with the cast (and Steven Antin). Most of the chatter is about Aguilera.
* “Setting The Stage: Production Design And Photography”- A featurette about the club sets.

* “Inside The Dressing Room: Creating The Burlesque Look”- A featurette on the extravagant costumes.
* “The Set List: The Music And Choreography Of Burlesque”- Again, pretty self-explanatory. This is a featurette about the musical/dance numbers.

March 1, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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