(2009/Screen Media DVD)
C Sound: C+ Extras: C Feature: C+
Dell remakes her on 2006 project B-Girl
as an expanded feature with mixed results. The tale of a Brooklyn breakdancer named Angel
(Julie Urich) arriving in Los Angeles
and trying to be part of a West Coast team.
The script is somewhat formulaic, made choppier by the sudden (and often
extended) dance sequences that interrupt the story just when it is getting
started up. The dancing is more
interesting than most such films made of late.
includes a cast of other great breakdancers known well within that community
(too many to list here) and has some interesting energy about it, especially
since this is still a female point-of-view project. The 2009 remake of Fame (reviewed elsewhere on this site) is among the films to
feature these talents and is noted on the case, reminding me that this is more
of the dancing a really good remake of Fame
would have featured, instead of the restrictive, straight-jacketed mess it
turned out to be.
being a self-remake, Dell simply does not get the Backstage Musical or
Hollywood Musical in general, or this could have been impressive and been
everything Fame was not, including
the fact that many in the cast are very likable. At only 88 minutes, this should have been
more carefully thought out and instead, we get mixed results. Maybe next time.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot on what looks like HD video,
with softness and motion blur throughout here, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is
too bassy and dialogue recording that is not always rich and consistent. It is watchable, but a little off in image
and soundfield. Extras include Bloopers,
Dance Auditions, Dancer Profile and The Battle
featurette. These are all short pieces,
but interesting after watching the main program.
- Nicholas Sheffo