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Dirty Dancing – 20th Anniversary Edition (Lionsgate/Blu-ray)


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



Now, for our third review of the late Emile Ardolino’s Dirty Dancing, the 1987 independent hit that still has a huge following.  For the first two reviews, try the following links:


Ultimate Edition



20th Anniversary Edition




The later was just released and featured a ton of extras.  Those extras (most in HD here) have been carried over to the new Blu-ray 20th Anniversary Edition disc which fits all the material on one disc, but offers improved picture and sound.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 image is better than the previous DVD transfers, but the print could still use some work.  Fans should hope that the source material is in better shape than one too many of these scenes, but it is still an improvement.  Those in the 100+ club for the film (yes, a group that has watched it in 35mm over 100 times) would notice this even better than this critic.


The previous DVDs we covered had DTS 6.1 ES discrete and Dolby Digital 5.1 EX mixes.  Though this Blu-ray retains the Dolby EX, the DTS has been supplanted by PCM 6.1 16/48 and it is not really any better than the DTS, but better than the Dolby.  This was a Dolby analog A-type theatrical sound release, but this upgrade is still choppy and will need further work down the line, which they should do when they can get high fidelity remasters of the original 1960s hits not available now.


Until then, this Blu-ray will be the best version of Dirty Dancing we will see in a few years with enough extras to keep fans happy.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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