Burn the Floor

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

I cannot imagine how to begin this review, as this is my first review of a stage presentation, let alone one like this. When you think of stage shows, you think of plays or musicals, which use different styles to tell a story, right? Well, Burn The Floor is not exactly a play, and even though music is vital to the production, this isn’t really a musical in the typical sense. Instead of using dialogue or singing to tell the story, the performers use dancing to convey the message, which is basically how dance has evolved and the different styles that exist. And let me say this, these dancers use so many different styles of dance, your head will spin. If watching skilled dancers do their thing is right up your alley, you’ve got to add this to your “must see” list. You’ll see the old fashioned waltz, some hep cats swing dancing, Latin style footwork, and much more. After you see this presentation, you will know more forms of dancing than you can shake a stick at. How is the music? Some of the tunes are instrumental only, while some are famous rock/pop hits, so the mixture is nice and refreshing.

The footage used for this home video release was filmed at the premiere of the production, and is basically a recording of the stage performance, complete with live audience. While this might lead you to believe this live performance lacks the shine and gloss we expect, you’d be false is assuming that. And we all know what happens when we assume, don’t we? Anyway, the multiple cameras are used to give the best possible perspective on the dancers, and the production values are not shabby, either. The costumes are excellent, which couldn’t have been cheap, since there are many, many people in this troupe and many, many costume changes involved. The clothes are very colorful and ornate, themed with whichever era/style the performers are working in. Not to be outdone, the backdrops, props, and such are also top notch, adding an extra dimension to the visual grace of each segment. Complex light schemes also accompany each routine, which is just another detail that makes the overall appeal that much stronger. While I am no fan of dancing, I can’t help but see how this release is a fine one. For fans of the artform, you’re simply not going to find a much better source of entertainment than this. And when Universal has supplied a very nice disc to go along with the production, I can’t help but give this a high recommendation to dance fans everywhere.

Video: How does it look?

Burn The Floor is presented in a 1.77:1 widescreen transfer, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. Since this is a recording of a live performance, not a motion picture version, the image isn’t as sharp as a film version would have been. But the image is quite strong, although some edge enhancement does crop up here and there. The colors are vibrant and rich, and the production makes liberal use of the entire rainbow, so prepare for color overload! Black level is natural as well, never impairing detail levels.

Audio: How does it sound?

Now, Universal has given this spectacular production the red carpet audio treatment, including both DTS 5.1 and DDS 5.1 versions, leaving the choice up to the viewer. While you won’t have quibbles with either track, the DTS track just nudges ahead at times, giving the music a richer texture and fuller sound. But like I said, both tracks are outstanding, so either will serve your purpose, but given a choice, opt for the DTS version.

Supplements: What are the extras?

I didn’t expect extras with a title like this, but Universal has included some nice bonus features. Talent files, production notes, and a trailer are all found in the supplemental section. Also included is a very well made featurette about the production, which features interviews, behind the scenes footage, and some footage of the dancers rehearsing and training. Not your average fluff piece, this clocks in at a few seconds over thirty minutes.

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