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Step Up Blu-ray Review

On July 3rd 2012, Touchstone/Disney’s Step Up was released on Blu-ray for the first time. I’d missed seeing this one in theatres, and despite my love for Channing Tatum and for the occasional dance movie, I still had not seen it.

Step Up is set in Maryland, and focuses on two different group of kids: Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) and his street smart thug friends and Nora Clark, a dancer who attends the Maryland School of Fine Arts. Their very different worlds intersect after Tyler takes the fall for his friends after they break into Nora’s school after hours and trash the place.

Sentenced to 200 hours of community service at the school, Tyler serves his time performing janitorial services. He catches the attention of Nora and her friends because of his attractiveness, and one day Nora witnesses him mocking her style of dance from an upstairs window. Nora’s showcase for senior year is coming up soon, and her dancing partner is recovering from an injury. Meanwhile, she must find a replacement to practice with, and after seeing the lack of talent in the students trying to fill the role, Tyler offers himself up for the task.

Tyler’s immersion in Nora’s world causes strain between Tyler and his best friends as he begins to see another way of life, one that doesn’t involve breaking the law. Soon Tyler has new goals for his life, but he has to prove that he can follow through without giving up.

I’ve never been a good dancer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate and love watching dance. The dance sequences in Step Up made me want to get up and try moving along with them, and the unfolding love story between Nora and Tyler carried the rest of the movie. Most of the film is pretty predictable, and reminds me of other dance movies that I’ve seen (notably Save the Last Dance), but that won’t stop me from watching this one again when the mood strikes. Step Up also has a really upbeat soundtrack that perfectly complements the emotional vulnerabilities of the characters as well as the more dangerous side of Tyler’s world.

Bonus Features:

Deleted scenes and bloopers: A handful of very short clips that didn’t make the final cut of the film. None of them really add to the story line, but they are still fun to watch. The bloopers show the cast coming in and out of character as they trip up their steps or something unexpectedly doesn’t work right with their props.

Making the Moves: A really short feature on the choreography that shares a little about the backgrounds of the lead characters. If you pay attention really closely and you’re a huge Glee fan, you may just catch a glimpse of Glee choreographer Zach Woodlee showing off his dancing skills.

Music Videos: Full length music videos for some of the songs used in the Step Up film. Songs include “Step Up” by Samantha Jade, “(When You Gonna) Give it Up to Me” by Sean Paul featuring Keyshia Cole, “Say Goodbye” by Chris Brown, and “Get Up” by Ciara featuring Chamillionaire.

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Jennifer

Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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