Even though Step Up 3D targets those
aficionados of dance movies, it's actually not that bad of a story
albeit quite clichéd as these films generally involve some underdog
attempting to make it in the world of dance. It is made more enjoyable
due to the 3D and as opposed to films that use 3D as an afterthought, Step Up 3D was
filmed in 3D from the get go which actually pays off in the special
effects department. Before we get the video and audio quality of this
film on Blu-ray, let's have a look at its clichéd story.
revolves around a group of street dancers living in an apartment
together. Unfortunately, they are in danger of losing their apartment as
Luke (Rick Malambri), an aspiring film maker is having difficulty in
meeting his mortgage payments due to the nasty fat cats at the bank.
Obviously Terpsichore, one of the Greek muses of song and dance has kept
an eye on Luke and his troupe of dancers because he stumbles upon Moose
(Adam Sevanie) and his friend Camille (Alyson Stoner) who beat one of
New York's best street dancer.
From there, Luke invites Moose to join
his dancers and together, they attempt to win $100,000 in order to save
their home and be awarded for their dancing prowess. Even though the
story is clichéd from start to finish, this movie contains everything
from drama to romance but more importantly, some amazing 3D dance
routines. Given that the story is rather mediocre, the saviour of this
movie are the 3D effects that look amazing on Blu-ray which is
definitely why you should check out this film.
This release comes with both the 2D and 3D movie on Blu-ray and
supports vibrant images, bright colours and deep blacks, thanks to the
1080p/MPEG-4 transfer. The depth perception of Step Up 3D is easily one
of the better releases, especially when some of the dance manoeuvres
almost jump straight out of the screen. Apart from the good use of the
3D, the video quality is exceptional, especially the texture and skin
tones in the film.
It's also great that the developers of Step Up 3D
filmed the movie in 3D that actually makes the film seem more realistic
as opposed to those cheap 3D shots that many of the animated movies
use. Step Up 3D features a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track for both the 2D
and 3D that really highlights the soundtrack of this movie. At times,
Step Up 3D is like watching a music video due to the classy
cinematography and thumping musical score which does sound awesome. Apart from music, the sound
is exceptionally clear and the film makes good use of bass.
In terms of special features, there's a healthy dose of music videos
included in this release such as the No Te Quiero (Remix) or Already
Taken, eight to be precise. Unfortunately that's about it when it comes