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Breakin’/Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo Double Feature Blu-ray Review

Breakin'-Breakin' 2- Electric Boogaloo Blu-ray

Double features don’t get much better than this.

The first “Breakin’” is a pretty straight forward 80’s breakdancing movie about a jazz dancer (Kelly), two street dancers (Ozone and Turbo), and a dance contest, but it’s certainly not lacking in the fun department. Between Turbo’s broom dance and Ice-T rapping to the catchy “There’s No Stoppin’ Us” number and the heated dance offs against Electro Rock, the time flies by while watching this Cannon Films classic. The sequel, on the other hand, takes the franchise to a whole other level.

While “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” is often used as a punchline due to it’s iconic title, the film is far and away one of the best pieces of 80’s insanity (I mean that in the best way possible). In this sequel, Kelly, Ozone, and Turbo try to save a community center (Miracle) from being torn down, but the plot is immaterial. What makes ‘Electric Boogaloo’ so rewarding is the campy and off the wall humor. From start to finish, the film is rife with laughs thanks to scenes such as the cartoony hospital music number, Turbo’s ceiling dance, the dance-fight with Electro Rock, the worst stunt double in cinema history, and the fact that everyone is dancing in this (even the telephone pole man). It’s extraordinarily cheesy, but the film has an off the charts energy that has rarely been equaled.

Now, aside from the visual flair of the films, both “Breakin’” films are surprisingly poignant at times. Yes, both films have typical romantic storylines, but they also offer up heartfelt stories about class, corporations, and, above all, friendship. In fact, it is the chemistry between Ozone (Adolfo ‘Shabba-Doo Quinones) and Turbo (Michael ‘Boogaloo Shrimp’ Chambers) that makes both movies work. Not only are their dancing skills first rate, but the actors play off each other (and against other cast members) exceedingly well.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Breakin’ is presented in 1.85:1 1080p while Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo is presented in 1.78:1 1080p. How do they look? Both Breakin’ films are a step up from the DVD transfers.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD. How do the tracks sound? Both films are as lively as they come thanks to their respective soundtracks.

Extras:
* “Breakin’” and “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” trailers.
* “The Elements Of Hip Hop” and “The Culture Of Hip Hop” featurettes.
* “Shout Outs”- Hip Hop personalities giving shout outs.
* “Living Legends Montage”- This is essentially a breakdancing music video.
* Commentary on “Breakin’ 2” by Sam Firstenberg, Adolfo “Shabba-Doo” Quiones and Marcus Manton. A fine commentary that covers filming dance sequences, the film’s popularity, the fashion, set stories, etc. However, why isn’t Michael “Boogaloo Shrimp” Chambers in this?

Overall Thoughts: When it comes to dance films, “Breakin’” and especially “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” are the Holy Grail. Buy it.

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April 9, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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