Strictly Ballroom: Special Edition
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From Baz Luhrmann, the director of the award-winning hits Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! comes the hilariously funny romantic comedy 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 in a fantastic new special edition, complete with never-before-seen bonus features! A hit with fans and critics all across the globe, Strictly Ballroom will hold you tight and dance straight into your heart. Revisit this high-stepping comedy classic with a new and exclusive documentary, featuring Baz Luhrmann and his close collaborators discussing the extraordinary journey of the film. In a fabulous special edition, it's a dream come true!
Bonus Features Include: Strictkly Ballroom from Stage to Screen documentary, Samba to Slow Fox, Design gallery, Filmmaker commentary, Deleted scenes
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
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I kid you not, I have no clue how many times I've watched this movie, I love it that much. Everytime I've seen it I come away with something different, find myself enchanted by the characters all over again, with their quirks, their humanity, their "bigger-than-lifeness", and who can't love a movie where the main character unravels and embraces the super-macho bullfighter's dance, the Paso Doble, with a freight train suddenly taking over the screen - how Freudian can you get?
I cannot provide enough superlatives to attribute to this film, it's that good. Simple, sweet, lovely, and a sheer joy to watch. The dancing is wonderful - if you have a scintilla of appreciation for being able to move to music then watch this movie and wish you were Paul Mercurio.
He finds a complimentary partner where least expected. He gives her the confidence to preform, she gives him, through the time he spends with her family, the sense of rhythm he lacks. Together they do a final Latin dance at the Grand Prix Pacific dance competition. The powers that be try to stop them by stopping the music, as new steps are not allowed. The beat of the music is provided by the audience, and then the dance finishes with a flourish and an invitation to the audience to join them.
Always a pleasure to watch. Great dancing, and a great message about dance and what it can convey to you.
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