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Desert Dancer (2015/Fox DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: B Film: C-

Richard Raymond's Desert Dancer (2015) is not without decent performances and some impressive dancing sequences, but is too cliched and melodramatic for its own good. Frieda Pinto lights up the screen as she always does with her angelic presence, but all in all the direction and writing pull this flick down a few pegs.

In the volatile political and social climate of 2009 Tehran, Afshin Ghaffarian (Reece Ritchie) and a group of dancers start a secret dance company in the Iranian desert, far from the prying eyes of the government police. Along with a woman named Elaheh (Pinto) who helps them refine their skills, Afshin and his company use what little Internet they can access to learn moves from banned videos starring legends like Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev.

Presented in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a lossy English Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds fine for the DVD format, but I'm sure would benefit to the clarity of HD with its emphasis on visuals and dancing.

Extras include...

Desert Dancer: In Conversation with Afshin Ghaffarian

The Rise of the People

First Memories

If you are really into dance choreography then you might get something more out of Desert Dancer than I did, but I find it to be a safe one to skip.

- James Lockhart



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