Strictly Ballroom [Blu-ray]
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This film was the surprise hit of 1992, playing for months in London cinemas. Paul Mercurio plays Scott, a talented dancer with a streak of individualism that does not endear him either to his partners, the judges of the Pan-Pacific Grand Prix, or his ambitious dance tutor mum. Frumpy Fran (Tara Morice) is the only woman who will partner him, and she utilises her Spanish background to bring heart, soul and pasa doblé rhythm to Scott's ambitious style.
While the plot of this Australian film may seem a bit familiar (the Ugly Duckling meets Dirty Dancing), the whimsical tone and superb dance sequences will make you forget the movie's predictability. Scott (Paul Mercurio) is a champion ballroom dancer who wants to dance "his own steps". Fran is the homely, beginning dancer who convinces Scott that he should dance his own steps... with her. Complicating matters are Scott's domineering mother (Pat Thompson), a former dancer herself, who wants her son to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championship (the same contest she lost years ago), and a conniving dance committee that is determined that "there are no new steps!" The dancing is enjoyable, yet not overwhelming, and the movie strives hard not to take itself too seriously (the beginning of the film is even styled as a pseudo-documentary). Strictly Ballroom, while not so subtly imparting its moral ("A life lived in fear is a life half-lived"), is a laughable romp that's sure to be a crowd pleaser. --Jenny Brown, Amazon.com -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.See all Product Description
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Scott Hastings is the ballroom dance prodigy who since being groomed to win the all important Pan-Pacific Grand Prix championship from the age of 6 looks like he could be throwing it all away by continuing to use un-registered and therefore illegal dance steps in his routine. His mother is shocked and dismayed that Scott could throw his chance of the title, his dance coach, Les Kendell is similarly gob smacked but most effected of all is Scott dance partner, who quits dancing with Scott and takes up with arch rival, the peroxide blonde Ken Railings.
Scott on the other hand is less concerned and seems more bothered with trying to dance true to the tune in his heart, a feeling that is shared by plain beginner dancer Fran. Scott and Fran begin to practice in secret, Scott deciding that his mother and Les wouldn't approve of such an unattractive and unorthodox partner and Fran deciding that her authoritarian and unforgiving Latino father would definitely not approve of her associating with such a boy. The backdrop the whole film is the outrageous and colourful world of Australian Ballroom Dance championships. There's more sequins and fake tan going on here than ever seen in one place before. Overseeing it all is chairman of the dance association, the toupeed and orange Barry Fife.Read more ›
If you're thinking, "but it's about ballroom dancing!" - well, don't! I watched this film many years ago before I'd even seen Baz's R&J, and to be honest I thought I'd hate it - I just couldn't be bothered to turn the TV off (sad but true). However, itt soon had me in its grasp and it's one of my favourite films, and more than worthy of comparison with Baz's later offerings, much as I love MR in particular.
The only reason I would give this film less than 5 stars (which I couldn't possibly bring myself to do anyway!!) would be the DVD extras. The behind the scenes documentary is informative, but unfortunately narrated by an unbearably cheesy American voice such as you get on the very worst tackiest film trailers - painful! And aside from that there's not a huge amount on offer. It's almost worth the cringe-worthy voice, though, to see Baz looking decidedly young and whipper-snapper-ish... any Baz fans will be amused! It's a shame that the film originally came out before DVDs and extras were a consideration - they seem to be cobbled together somewhat.
All in all - worth getting on DVD for the sound and picture quality, especially in this music-driven colourful film, but Baz should be ashamed to have let a film of his go out with less than excellent extras.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this movie. A blast from the 90s, perfect for the strictly come dancing fan.Published 8 days ago by Louise Simpkins
This film is just brilliant. I never tire of watching it. Great soundtrack and lots of laughs.Published 23 days ago by Fran Edwards
Love this DVD watched it several times. Very tongue in cheek a terrific film, Another Australian gem.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My wife's favourite film which she still enjoys even though she has watched
it many times before. A "must see" film for all "Stricly" dance fans.
REALLY GOOD MOVIE WITH AN ALL AUSSIE CAST.
THE MUSIC IS GOOD.
THE DANCING IS GOOD.
NOT MANY EXTRAS - 4 MINUTE MUSIC PROMO VIDEO FOR " LOVE IS IN THE AIR - BY... Read more
Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 feel-good film, which was based on his play of the same name, remains (for me) a highly entertaining and irresistible watch. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Keith M