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Kinky Boots Blu-ray Review

“Kinky Boots” is a rewarding musical.

Based on the film by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, “Kinky Boots” is a Tony award-winning Broadway musical with a book by Harvey Fierstein and catchy music/lyrics by Cyndi Lauper (I’m partial to “Not My Father’s Son” and “Sex Is In The Heel” myself). This particular version is a live recording from London. The story, for those that may not know, revolves around a young man named Charlie who is the son of a Northampton shoe factory owner. His father wants him to follow in his footsteps, but Charlie is looking to move to London for a new job with his girlfriend Nicola. After Charlie’s father passes away, he is left to make some big decisions and oversees the shoe factory. Wanting to keep the biz afloat, he needs new products. Enter a drag queen named Lola whom he meets in a chance encounter (or perhaps it’s fate?). Lola ends up inspiring him to come up with a new shoe- women’s stiletto heel boots that could also be for men. Eventually, Lola joins the factory team to become the designer. Meanwhile, Charlie’s life becomes complicated to say the least. His relationship with Nicola suffers, he becomes stressed about essentially gambling the factory on the boots, he might have a new romantic interest with factory employee (Lauren) and he has to prep a big boot showcase for a show in Milan.

I had heard about the hit musical “Kinky Boots” for awhile now, but had yet to see it myself. Thanks to this new Blu-ray release of the 2019 release, I was finally able to see what all the fuss is about. I’m happy to report that this musical is a real treat. Not only is it a joyous and heartfelt celebration of inclusivity, creativity, acceptance and friendship, but it’s just a supremely well made musical adaptation. Making a musical off of an existing movie can be tricky because people will always compare it to the original. However, this adaptation really has its own energy and style. It’s a drama but it has plenty of humorous moments sprinkled in. There’s some serious characterization with both Charlie and Lola but there’s also some quirky character elements like with Lauren. Basically, there’s a perfect balance of drama and comedy here and it works wonders.

A musical is nothing without a proper cast and this one is simply divine. Killian Donnelly (Charlie), Natalie McQueen (Lauren) and Matt Henry (Lola) truly elevate the material with dazzling vocals, splashy choreographed numbers, and legitimately emotional acting. Henry in particular really stands out here as you can no doubt tell by the enthusiastic crowd response to him in virtually every scene. McQueen shines as the shy and quirky Lauren while Donnelly brings real heart to the story.

Video/Audio:

Presentation; 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect crystal clear hi-def picture quality

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The musical numbers soar in this 5.1 track.

No extras.

June 8, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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