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Step Up All In Blu-ray Review

Step Up All In Blu-ray

If you’ve seen one “Step Up” film, you’ve seen them all.

“Step Up All In,” the fifth entry in the seemingly endless dance film franchise, finds Sean and the Mob crew parting ways after rival dance group (The Grim Knights) pwn them. Not wanting to give on his dream, Sean decides to get a new crew together called LMNTRIX for a dance competition in Las Vegas called The Vortex. Shock of all shocks, Sean learns the Grim Knights AND the Mob are competing there. I’m sure you can predict how it all ends.

If you’ve ever viewed a “Step Up” film, you should know the drill by now. There’s dance battles, dancers struggling to make it, dancers following their dreams, sexual tension, etc. Really, this film franchise (which is trying to be the “Fast and Furious” of dance films) has become comfort cinema for folks who love showstopping extravagant dances, cheesy theatrics, and goofball characters who feel like they’ve stepped out of the 80’s. You go into these dance flicks knowing what to expect and they certainly deliver on their promise.

While it’s pointless to compare it to past installments, it’s safe to say fans should be satisfied by this sort of all-star “Step Up” cast containing the likes of Briana Evigan, Ryan Guzman, Adam G. Sevani, Misha Gabriel Hamilton, Stephen Boss, Luis Rosado, Christopher Scott, among others. Alas, there is no Channing Tatum cameo for those hoping to see the Tyler character return.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Say what you will about the movie itself, but this very colorful movie looks perfect in hi-def.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD Atmos. How does it sound? This is my first encounter with an Atmos track on home video and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. If you want your music LOUD, this track delivers that.

Extras:
* Digital HD copy.
* Lionsgate/Summit trailers.
* Nearly 9 ½ minutes worth of deleted scenes.
* A collection of the dance scenes in the film called “The Vortex Dance Index.”
* “All In With The Crew”- Cast and crew members chat about the characters and story of this installment.
* “Dance Breakdown: Final Stage”- An overview of the film’s final dance number.
* “Clap, Stomp, Slide: The Sounds of Battle”- A play of the boxing ring dance with only the sound of the dance moves playing.
* “Ryan’s Favorite Dance Scenes With Optional Commentary”- The title says it all.
* Commentary by director Trish Sie and actress Briana Evigan.

Overall Thoughts: If you love the “Step Up” movies, chances are that will you dig “Step Up All In.” Personally, however, I’ll stick with the king of dance films- “Breakin’” and “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.”

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November 16, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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