Fame Extended Dance Edition
The original movie Fame
was quite an inspirational film for its day and was the catalyst of
dance films to come. Almost 30 years later and with the current climate
of remakes, Hollywood have created a new interpretation of this music &
dance classic which features a variety of actors to help bring this
movie to life.
It's also understandable with so many
talent and reality
shows pushing the current dance phenomena, it was understandable that
director Kevin Tancharoen would attempt to recreate the spark of the
With that said, the story revolves around a group of attractive
teenagers from all different walks of life who are hoping to make it in
the world of entertainment at their prestigious school, the New York
City High School of Performing Arts.
This includes Jenny Garrison (Kay Panabaker), Denise
Naughton), Neil Baczysky (Paul Iacono) and Malik Washburn (Collins Pennie) who are
singers, filmmakers and the like.
Even though they banded together, the road
to "fame" is fraught with conflicts and difficulty but
together they seek solace in
each other for the support they need. Fortunately they also have the
support from some of the teachers their that include the wonderful
Kelsey Grammer as Mr. Martin Cranston and Debbie Allen as Ms. Angela
Although the original story was
probably more powerful due to its setting, the modern interpretation
feels a little too perfect and the world a tad artificial. Still, the
actors should not be blamed and create some powerful performances which features some great
spectacular musical scenes, however the MTV style of dance is just a little too
glossy to be taken seriously, albeit still a joy to watch.
On DVD, the
video and audio is quite spectacular and slick which matches the glossy
feel of this film. Of course the new version of Fame as to some extents
even the original
is not everyone's cup of tea, however for those tweens
and teens that enjoy the popular music and dance reality TV shows, than
this may be the perfect antidote for some fun and mindless entertainment.
The Extended Dance Edition of FAME has over 15 minutes of never before
seen footage including more dance sequences, more stars and even more
The Dances of FAME - featurette