Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) - Dance-Off Edition [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Drama / Music
Touchstone || PG13 - 98 minutes - $34.99 || July 15, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-07-07


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Jon Chu
Writer(s): Duane Adler (characters), Toni Ann Johnson & Karen Barna (written by)
Cast: Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Adam G. Sevani, Will Kemp, Cassie Ventura


Theatrical Release Date: February 14, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Videos
  • Outtakes
  • Video Prank
  • Outlaws of Hip-Hop: Meet 410
  • Through Fresh Eyes: The Making of Step Up 2


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Let's Battle!

I am not a fan of dancing movies... at all. I've never seen Dirty Dancing or Footloose. I've never watched any of the High School Musicals or "Dancing with the Stars". The one dance related thing I have watched is "So You Think You Can Dance?" because my girlfriend records them and watches them over and over again. So you can only imagine how happy she was when she saw I had a copy of Sep Up 2: The Streets on Blu-ray. Oh was she ecstatic. Now I was forced to watch a dance movie and she loved that. But you know what happened? I wound up liking the movie more than her.

The film starts out with a bunch of people on a train when all of the sudden, someone reaches into their jacket and pulls out.... a MASK! Then the moving train slowly starts turning into a dance-off where the "410" (the area code in Baltimore...real original) group films themselves so they could post it online to show their "street cred". The news is ablaze that day with the video (Really? People dancing on the train are going to be a top story?) as the "410" group proves themselves and waits to be challenged by another street gang.

Unfortunately for our star Andie (Briana Evigan), she is spending too much time practicing her dance moves instead of school and her legal guardian plans on sending her to Texas to live with her aunt and uncle. What's a girl to do? Luckily, she manages to get into the prestigious Maryland School of Arts allowing her to stay in Baltimore, as long as she goes to school and does not get kicked out. After missing several "410" meetings, Andie is kicked out of the "gang" and then her new friend (and obvious future boyfriend) Chase (Robert Hoffman) steps in and encourages her to start her own. After that the two form their own "gang" of misfits and the "battle" is on!

The film is actually not that bad. While it has its extremely cheesy parts (plenty of them), it ultimately has a pretty straight forward plot that is well acted. All the young cast seem to enjoy what they are doing, and luckily for us, they are great dancers and actors. Briana Evigan is a real treat to look at (a mix of Sophia Bush and Danielle Harris) as she brings a great style and charisma to the film which You Got Served was clearly lacking.

Besides a really dull love plot between Moose and some girl that likes Chase, everything else in the film is pretty enjoyable. Itís not something I would personally ever want to watch again, but it would make a decent movie for anyone that enjoyed High School Musical (OK, I lied. I saw it once) and wants a bit more 'older' style of dancing. Luckily, we are not treated to any singing by the characters.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Deleted Scenes (22:33; SD & HD) - A collection of 8 deleted scenes that are really hit or miss. Some should have been included in the movie, but they were all cut for various reasons. The most gaping scenes are a sub-story concerning Moose ignoring Andy was cut. Includes optional commentary.

Music Videos (SD) - A collection of five different music videos featured in the film.

Outtakes (3:22; SD) - Oddly enough, this is in the Music Video section and has music playing the background.

Lead Actor Robert Hoffman Video Prank (1:58; SD) - Apparently Robert (who plays Chase on the film) goes into 7/11 where he pretends to "freeze" and then breaks into dancing. Lame.

Outlaws of Hip Hop: Meet the "410" (4:54; HD) - The "410" discusses dancing and how they got into it.

Through Fresh Eyes: The Making of.... (12:23; HD and SD) - You're basic "making of" featurette. A lot of the footage is grainy (apparently some of the director as a child) and has fast cuts done to it to make it look cool and hip. Includes audition footage and reason why some of the cast were chosen.

A small easter egg is included (look for the 2 shoes on the main menu) which is a very short (1:52) wrap party dance-off video.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Step Up 2 is presented in its Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 on a 25GB Disc. Sadly, there is nothing about this transfer (or film) that really shows off the Blu-ray advantage. Colors are very dull and blacks are very weak. Certain scenes look great, followed by ones that look like they are straight from the DVD.

Disney has included an English Dolby 5.1 TrueHD track as well as basic Dolby Digital 5.1 (in English, French and Spanish) tracks. Unlike the video presentation, the audio was fairly decent. Whenever there was music present (and it is... allot) my rear speakers starting going nuts and the bass would not stop pumping. But besides that, don't expect any surround noise at all. Dialog is very clean.



.::OVERALL::.

Step Up 2: The Streets is obviously not a movie for everyone. Itís like You Got Served for a younger generation with a love story mixed in. With questionable picture quality, a decent TrueHD track, and a lack of any meaty extras, this should strictly be regarded as a rental.