Burlesque is a titillating dance musical that boasts a stellar cast who
are backed up by some spectacular dance routines. Like the classics from
the Golden Age of Hollywood, Burlesque contains a clichéd story
about a young girl called Ali (Christina Aguilera) who has stars in her eyes.
Deciding to leave her dead-end job as a waitress in the boondocks, she
takes her life savings and heads to Los Angeles in order to become a
dancer or a singer and just as fate intervenes, she stumbles upon a
burlesque club which is run by a judicious matron named Tess (Cher) and
her costume designer Sean (Stanley Tucci).
As she falls in love with the
dancers of the burlesque, she attempts to procure work as a dancer but
is bluntly refused by Tess. Taking matters into her own hand, she becomes
a waitress at the club, only to bump heads with fellow dancer Nikki
(Kristen Bell) and falls for Jack (Cam Gigandet), the barman. Unfortunately her
climb to fame is riddled with difficulties such as her love interest actually
having a fiancé in New York and Tess who is in danger of losing the club to
nefarious property developer Marcus (Eric Dane) that leads to the
predictable and unfortunately a tad too clichéd ending.
Nonetheless, Burlesque has some truly amazing dance routines, especially
those led by Aguilera who proves she is more than just a pretty face.
Add in the rather strong performance by Cher who is the penultimate
performer, albeit little too much plastic surgery (did someone say
Catwoman) and both Cher and
Aguilera bounce off each other rather well, thanks to director Steve
However, the only issue with Burlesque is the rather weak script but
once the routines commence, you generally forget about the plot holes
and clichés and become drawn into the glitzy and sexy world of
On Blu-ray, Burlesque is oozing with sexiness, especially the costumes,
sets and dance routines of all involved. The video quality (1080p/AVC
MPEG-4) is exceptional sharp with vibrant colours, deep blacks that looks
amazing on FULL HD, especially the glitzy costumes. Add in an English
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track and this presentation needs to be heard
loud. The audio is flawless and matches the video quite well with great
levels and a soundtrack to die for. To compliment the outstanding video
and audio quality, Burlesque comes with a plethora of special features
that include audio commentary by writer/director Steven Antin, the
Burlesque Lounge that contains some of the musical performances and a
rather fun bloopers reel. All in all, not bad, especially the in-depth
commentary by Antin.
In the end, Burlesque may not be the most original story to date but
when it comes to glamour, music and dancing, it's definitely out there.
The musical numbers are a treat to watch, especially all the brilliant
choreographed dancer routines and costumes. It's also great to see
Christina Aguilera move beyond her traditional pop star role, even
though the movie is a predictable tale!
The Burlesque Lounge: Alternate Full Musical Performances!