Strictly Ballroom [Blu-ray]
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New-to-Blu: From Baz Luhrmann – the director of The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge! – comes the hilariously funny romantic comedy Strictly Ballroom that will leave you singing, laughing and cheering for more. Experience the magical story of a championship ballroom dancer who’s breaking all the rules. A hit with fans and critics all across the globe, Strictly Ballroom will hold you tight and dance straight into your heart.
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The second movie is a Dirty Dancing-style, boy-meets-ugly-duckling tale. The story allows you to peek behind the covers of a first generation Australian and her awkward attempts to fit into a new culture while maintaining her European ties at home.
The third movie is what sets Strictly Ballroom apart from the field - tremendously funny, broad caricatures squabbling around the periphery of Scott and his struggle to bring his 'new steps' to the Pan-Pacific Championships. Pat Thompson is hysterical as Doug's mother Shirley, and Bill Hunter is wonderfully over-the-top as dancing kingmaker Barry Fife ('There are no new steps!'). But attention first-time viewers - keep your eyes on Barry Otto as Scott's father, Doug Hastings. This odd, seemingly shell of a man is actually the emotional core of the film. He provides the movies funniest moments (particularly - as other reviewers have alluded to - a flashback sequence so over-the-top hilarious that it defies description) and its most relevatory ones.
Play this film over and over again and you will never be disappointed.
This movie is funny, touching, and like nothing I've ever seen before or since. I can't even compare it to anything else. I'm happy to see how favorably other people have reviewed it.
To take this film seriously is to miss out on one of the great moviegoing/ moviewatching experiences of the 1990s.
In a nutshell, an up-and-coming champion ballroom dancer gets bored dancing the same tired steps that everyone has danced in competition the past 50 years and wants to break out and do things his way. Of course, his way is the better way, but that causes all the angst, high drama, dashed hopes and utter hilarity that ensues as forces clash to prevent the young man from taking the ballroom dancing world by storm and up to a new level.
Of course, it's what we've all, always, expected: Things don't change in such events because those who judge and teach can only judge/teach that with which they are familiar.
The cast is perfect, from the dashing young lead embodied by Australian ballet principal Paul Mercurio to the shy, at-first clumsy female lead played by Tara Morice (who also lends her vocals to Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" in a stunning rooftop pas de deux as she starts learning how to dance with him).
Paul's mother -- beautifully and hysterically portrayed by Pat Thomson -- and his seemingly introverted, odd father -- a wonderfully giddy Barry Otto -- are perfectly realized, as are all the other roles, including Bill Hunter's terrifically change-resistant Barry Fife, president of the dance federation.
This is probably Baz Luhrmann's most mainstream movie, since it's more firmly grounded in the now than anything else he's done.Read more ›
He's encouraged by ugly duckling novice dancer Fran, who wants to be his partner. Aided & abetted by Fran's Latin father & grandmother, the couple show the phoney world of ballroom dancing what 'Latin' dancing is all about--not glitz & formality--but passion & a feeling for the beat that comes straight from the heart.
Love & rebellion are in the air, & the dancing is spectacular. Some wickedly funny & campy parody deal the stilted & controlling world of competition ballroom dancing a well-deserved kick in the teeth. (Anyone who watched in disbelief as Torvill & Dean were cheated out of their comeback bid for Olympic gold in ice dancing [the figure skating equivalent of ballroom dancing] by the same sort of stupid & arbitrary rules about 'steps' will chortle with glee.)
But, more than anything, Strictly Ballroom is about having the courage to be yourself. As Scott's father (once a great & original dancer himself, now a sad & henpecked shadow of his former self) says to him: "Don't make the same mistake I did....a life lived in fear is a life half-lived." Truly uplifting to the spirit & heart!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have this listed in my top ten favorite movies. Everything so well plotted and executed with such perfect timing. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Michael van Vuuren
A movie that successfully walks a tightrope: it is profound and universal in its message, relevant to the moment, and at the same time it makes fun of itself and as a results... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve B.
I absolutely love this movie! I have watched it many times over the years and am so happy it was available on Amazon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Meredith C. Meagher
In the big dance-off near the end, when Paul Mercurio dances the two-step with his partner, I was astounded by the intensity of the passion that he showed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles J. Lietwiler
this is a fantastic feel good movie, though its from 1992, the actors are wonderful and the dancing is great, actually think that is where dancing with the stars got its idea for a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jayne
There have been a long line of “feel good” movies that have come out of Hollywood and now out of Australia with the effort under review, Strictly Ballroom, a film dealing with the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alfred Johnson
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