Stomp the Yard: Homecoming (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama / Music
Sony || PG13 - 87 minutes - $30.95 || September 21, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-09-14


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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

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Rob Hardy
Writer(s): Albert Leon (story), Albert Leon and Meena Payne (screenplay)
Cast: Keith David, Columbus Short


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • DVD Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Iím proud to say Iíve never once contributed to the seeing of these ďDanceĒ genre movies at the box-office yet they still keep being made time and time again. Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is another direct-to-DVD movie thatís a spinoff of a flick that did well at the box-office to warrant another sequel in theaters and for some reason a direct-to-DVD sequel as well. For the first time I believe in writing over the past two years, this isnít a terrible movie that didnít hit the box-office. Iím not a fan at all of dance films but for some reason I found this to be mildly entertaining.

Chance (Collins Pennie) isnít in the best situation that his life could be in right now. After a dance competition goes awry, the local dealers are after him for a huge debt he owes them and is only saved due to random gunfire in the parking lot. Heís a phenomenal dancer whoís in college but his mind gets off-track due to constantly being harassed by the dealers for the debt. His father Terry (Keith David) tries to remind him that he should be focusing on school and not the dancing portion of his life, but Chance reassures him that nothing is going on and that his life will be fine. With his giant debt on his mind, he has to continue to dance in order to earn enough money to repay the dealers.

His friend DJ Williams (Columbus Short) tries to show-up a local dance member named Taz (Stephen Boss) but gets shown up himself. Chance and DJ Williams go into practice mode with their team in order to beat Tazís group once and for all. They want to literally stomp the yard with them in the local step-off competition but are struggling to be able to compete with Tazís team on their level. Tazís team is incredibly good at dancing and seems to be steps ahead of the group. Is it possible for Chance, Williams, and the rest of their crew to successfully overcome the big hurdle that is Taz, or will they get stomped out of the yard? Yes, I had to use that incredibly lame pun here multiple times, Iím sorry.

I already apologized twice now for using that line, but darnet I have to apologize again. The line is just too good to not use constantly, so props to whoever thought of a movie title I could use and it is funny twice in one review. This is a movie that is primarily directed towards the younger teen female audience, as though most of it has men without shirts on for a good portion of the movie dancing around. Iíve never actually heard of any of the actors in this film, so Iím unaware if they were in the first or other sequels of the movie. If they were, sorry but Iím not a big stomping fan of the series.

The acting here isnít anything thatís going to be winning any sort of award for the cast although honestly I found the dancing scenes of which there are numerous to be quite entertaining. I didnít understand really what was going on with the movie itself, as though there are two separate plots and a confusing cast whose names are barely mentioned, but the dancing sequences I could at least understand somewhat. One team stomps and then waits for retaliation from another teams dance steps. I get that much, at least. If Iím wrong feel free to comment.

Stomp the Yard: Homecoming isnít the greatest in the usual direct-to-DVD films. It wonít be winning any awards nor be memorable for me a week down the line. The film is just decent fun for ninety-minutes that didnít require me to think that much.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Rob Hardy, Will Packer, Collins Pennie, and Stephen Boss: The track is a great listen to if you get the free time, which yet again is a huge shock for me to write. The four blend quite well together and they all have equal energy. The director Hardy tends to talk more about the film itself rather than the characters, while the others are more in-tune with the characters and less about the film.

Deleted Scenes (11 minutes): There are a total of eight deleted scenes that honestly had nothing to the story yet I still found them somewhat interesting. Theyíre worth a quick view if you enjoyed the movie otherwise you can probably skip them.

Choreography (10 minutes): Iím sure you can guess what this is about. The movieís choreography is examined much more closely and the cast and crew talk about how they crafted the filmís dancing to fit the film. Iím sure dance enthusiasts will find this exciting, but I sure as heck didnít in the slightest.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

The only extra is a DVD Copy of the movie.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I must say, that similar to the audio, this is a decent looking transfer and had my expectations just wowíd after viewing the film. Colors are fairly bright and vibrant throughout the movie, which as I noted was a giant surprise to me. There were a few issues however with grain and noise that caused me to deduct a star for it. Grain and noise were fairly prevalent in the nighttime dance sequences and in the club, which was the main problem I have with the transfer. Thereís not an over-abundance of the two, but honestly thereís too much for me to not take off a point for. For the third time now, this is a decent-looking transfer and shocked me to no end. Heck, this looks better than most of the movies that go from the screen to the shelves.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is a bit shocking for a movie like this to have such a nice track to it. Dialogue levels are somewhat low though, which is really the only disappointing part to the track in the end. I had trouble hearing a few dialogue scenes due to the high surround sound levels that are in the movie. The dance sequences, on the other hand, sound phenomenal. They use all five speakers properly and sound was emanating from all directions during the ďstompingĒ scenes. This is a great track for those looking to showcase a new 5.1 setup, but honestly not the best in terms of showcasing dialogue and other sound quality features.



.::OVERALL::.

Yes, Iím as worried as you that I actually somewhat enjoyed Stomp the Yard: Homecoming. The movie has enough stupidity for me to enjoy for the runtime and for some reason I wasnít entirely bored throughout the flick. Iím going to get myself checked out by a doctor later today, donít worry. The dancing is kind of cool and the time and effort the cast went through is commendable. The technical package is great but the special features are rather lacking. This is one Blu-Ray to stomp the yard to for a night and take it back home the next.