New to DVD: 'Jack and Jill,' 'Footloose' and 'Game of Thrones'

March 8, 2012 8:45 am
  • Julianne Hough, center, and Kenny Wormald lead the way in "Footloose."
    Julianne Hough, center, and Kenny Wormald lead the way in "Footloose."
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Although some tweaks have been made -- to accommodate iPods, hip-hop and an audience accustomed to sterner stuff -- the reboot is remarkably faithful to the original.

"Footloose" shows the audience the fiery car-truck collision that kills five teenagers and spawns a curfew and ban on public dancing in the Southern town of Bomont, population 19,300. That is where a Bostonian, Ren (Kenny Wormald), finds himself after his mother's death and father's disappearance. The teen moves in with an empathetic aunt, uncle and cousins and suffers culture shock when pulled over by a cop for disturbing the peace by blasting Quiet Riot in his VW Bug.

Ren is disturbed by and drawn to Ariel (Julianne Hough), a preacher's daughter, wild child and sister of one of the boys killed three years earlier. She breaks curfew, proves to her older boyfriend that she's not a child and generally defies her parents, the Rev. Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) and his long-suffering wife, Vi (Andie MacDowell). Ren doesn't shy away from risk or danger, suggesting a road trip to a bar with legal dancing and, eventually, an actual school dance.

"Footloose" provides a platform for dance pros Wormald and Hough and updates a soundtrack that sold 9 million copies and once again will burrow into your brain and refuse to vacate the premises.

The Blu-ray extras go behind the scenes to show how the dancers had to tone down their professionalism to seem more like normal kids. Ms. Hough says she was allowed to cut loose a bit more -- with some "hair-ography -- in the country line dance scene. Director Craig Brewer and the producers talk extensively about how they tried to honor the original while adding more grit -- from the car accident, to the back story of Ren's mother, to the urban dancing at the drive-in.

-- Post-Gazette


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