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Old 12-21-2010, 12:18 PM
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Our review of 'Step Up - 3D' has been posted. Steve says this is just for fans of the series. This 3D Blu-ray has good video, solid audio, and a few extras, but the third dimension won't entice anyone but fans of the series.

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Old 12-21-2010, 02:31 PM
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I think I'm going to pick this up when I get off work today, I love dance as I've done it all my life. I also enjoyed all the other stepup movies so its blind buy for at least the 3d.
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I'm surprised Steve disliked the movie. I mean, Adam G. Sevani and Alyson Stone, two of the main characters in the film, are some of the most likable people I've ever seen in a film! I'm gonna say this again: Nobody goes to this film expecting a good plot. It's all about the dance moves and when I saw this in 3D in theaters, it's one of the best experiences I've ever had. The 3D, to say the least, was absolutely, positively amazing. This is how 3D movies should be. I loved the review I wrote for the film because it pretty much sums up what makes these movies so enjoyable:

Let's face it: By now, nobody goes to a STEP UP movie expecting plot and character development. If you do, I will personally go up to your front door and slap you in the face. The plot is so predictable that the only way you don't know what's coming is that this is the first film you've ever seen. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The sequels in this franchise never take itself too seriously. In fact, you can tell in this film that the clichéd plot was just an excuse to showcase some of the best dance sequences you will ever see in your life. The filmmakers know it's all BS. The audience knows it's all BS. You just go along with the ride.

The first film featured a highly idiotic soap opera that really didn't work for me. The sequel, however, was considerably more energetic and fun in almost every way. Jon Chu returns to the director's chair since STEP UP 2 and steps everything up (see what I did there?) on a whole new level. It has two things going for it: The crazy dance moves and 3D. And because of that, the film is totally worth watching in theaters. It's a visual feast and the songs are foot-popping fun!

Hey, you laugh now, thinking, "Does a movie like this really need to be in 3D?" Let's be honest here: Does ANY movie have to be in 3D? No, but studios make them in 3D anyway. STEP UP 3D utilizes the 3D technology in the best possible way since AVATAR. You read it right. The 3D was AH-MAZE-ING. From the opening studio logos to the end credits, your jaw will remain dropped. THIS is how you make a 3D movie. THIS is what 3D was made for. I can't believe it took a STEP UP movie to show studios out there how 3D should be utilize because this is why 3D was made in the first place. The true potential of this technology is used in the dance sequences. Wow oh wow. No mere words can describe the awesomeness of it all. More on that later. The technology is used in a gimmicky fun sense and to project a depth in many scenes. The 3D is so good that I already spent one huge paragraph writing about it.

The dance sequences are also insanely unreal. There comes a point where characters even defy gravity! How awesome is that?! And although new hip-hop moves are the main focus in the film, there are many other styles of dance that will appeal to every demographic, including a wonderful tango scene and a "Singin' in the Rain"-esquire tribute, paying homage to the classic musicals in the past in all one shot, nonetheless.

The castmembers are efficient enough, although nothing to scream about. Rick Malambri and Sharni Vinson are sweet and believable in their roles. However, Adam G. Sevani and Alyson Stoner take the cake. Sevani returns from the second film and he's just a likable actor. It's hard to hate him. Stoner returns from the first film, in which she was a little kid! Sevani and Stoner have chemistry and their scenes in the film are just really sweet. However, my favorite characters in the film are the twins, Martín and Facundo Lombard. You'll see why once you see the film. There are also some surprise cameos here that I dare won't spoil because it would ruin the fun.

So overall, it all boils down to this: Are you the person who's willing to shell out $10+ to see this film in 3D just for the dance moves? If not, don't see the film. If you're a person who wants to see a plot and some great character development, don't see the film. However, if you just want to have a good time at the movies, STEP UP 3D delivers in every way. It's a highly energetic film that is so persistent in trying to "wow" the audience with fantastic dance moves. On top of that, it's one of the very few films out there that utilizes the 3D technology so well that it should be seen in 3D. STEP UP 3D is a cinematic experience. 8/10
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Agreed, no one goes to see these types of movies for the plot. But can't they at least try to come up with better dialogue than "everything you need to know is in my dancing"? If i'm not mistaken, each Step Up sequel has made less than its predecessor. The latest entry made less than Step Up 2 despite the 3D admission prices. The dancing is awesome in these movies, but the writers have to.....step up (sorry, I couldn't resist).

Aside from that, the 3D was very impressive and really helped to showcase the dancing. I was missing Briana Evigan though.
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Do the music videos have lossless sound or are they Dolby Digital?

I ordered this off amazon today for $28.99 since I doubt it if it's stocked anywhere. Just the download of the Flo Rida song is $1.89, so I don't need to buy that now. Saved money already.
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Do the music videos have lossless sound or are they Dolby Digital?

I ordered this off amazon today for $28.99 since I doubt it if it's stocked anywhere. Just the download of the Flo Rida song is $1.89, so I don't need to buy that now. Saved money already.
I want to say that they are Dolby Digital, I am about 90% sure on that. I will check to be sure when I get home tonight.
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Agreed, no one goes to see these types of movies for the plot. But can't they at least try to come up with better dialogue than "everything you need to know is in my dancing"? If i'm not mistaken, each Step Up sequel has made less than its predecessor. The latest entry made less than Step Up 2 despite the 3D admission prices. The dancing is awesome in these movies, but the writers have to.....step up (sorry, I couldn't resist).
I don't know if I even care if they try. The idiotic plots and ridiculous "dance battle!" stories are in some ways amusing.

Box office wise...domestically, the films have each made less than the prior. Worldwide though, the films have each made more than the previous. So really, they keep doing better (though part 3 cost a good bit more than 2, so they definitely made less money).

What can I say, I enjoyed this movie. I'm not really sure it'd even be better if the plot and dialogue was better...to a certain degree, I kind of like the moronic charm of the silly story. And really, it's just a clothesline for the dance sequences. Think of it like dance porn.
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Absolutely loved this in the theaters. I have been a dance film person all my life.
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I'm about to watch this now.
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I'm about to watch this now.
You'll enjoy it. If not...then...sorry.
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