Stomp the Yard Blu-ray Review

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by AVForums Nov 6, 2007 at 12:00 AM

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    Stomp the Yard Blu-ray Review
    SRP: £24.99


    Offered up in its correct 2.35:1 theatrical release with the now almost de-facto Sony standard of 1080p MPEG-4/AVC Stomp the Yard is not a bad transfer at all.

    The opening dance sequences are fast with no evidence of smearing, dark with no hint of noise or grain. Shadowy scenes as exhibited here are more than adequate if lacking something in the deepest black areas. Some definition appears to be lost and blacks tend not to quite hit that low inky feeling we have come to enjoy from premium releases.

    Moving on to Georgia the palette springs to vibrant life. A multitude of colours are on offer from the campus buildings, green open spaces, and variety of clothing that the undergraduates wear. Post processing features heavily here with saturated colours and enhanced contracts, at times making this feature look more like a stylised music video than anything else. Bearing in mind the subject matter of the film though this is no bad thing.

    Bright scenes are fully detailed with no blooming from the whites. Detail from around the campus is more than adequate but somehow doesn't quite give that 3-dimensional look that other discs on offer have.
    Stomp the Yard Picture


    With hip-hop and stepping you're going to be expecting a loud bass heavy track and this is definitely what you get here. It's loud and it's deep. Three English tracks are on offer, a 5.1 PCM, a 5.1 Dolby Digital and a Dolby 5.1 Audio Descriptive version. I omitted the latter completely focusing on the Dolby and PCM. The PCM is deeper and certainly louder offering a little more dynamic range that the standard Dolby track. The US release has TrueHD on offer also but this has not been ported over to this region free UK release.

    Surround use is what would be expected, in the main used for crowd cheering, stepping and clapping sounds when the teams dance and general ambiance from the campus whilst meandering through its wide-open spaces. Dialogue is firmly fixed in centre and in the main very clear. At times though this does become a little muffled only because the hip-hop score kicks in with it's thunderous bass.

    The score itself opens the sound stage fully from both the fronts and surrounds. Once in full flow it encapsulates the viewer/listener and even if, like myself, you're not a lover of the musical genre it's never brutal and serves the storyline extremely well.
    Stomp the Yard Sound


    • Commentary with Sylvain White, David Checeland and Scott Kevan

      Joining forces on this are the director, editor and cinematographer respectively. All have input into what never really becomes a boring documentary. Discussing their own realms as and when needed, and how they overcome the challenges they faced whilst making a fast moving dance flick.

    • Documentary: Battles, Rivals and Brothers - 17:33mins

      A short featurette where director Sylvain White and cast discuss bringing Stomp the Yard to the big screen. It's apparent that White required dancers first and actors second so he and his team travelled up and down the country in search of step groups. The main cast discuss their involvement mostly not having exposure to body popping before. Interestingly enough White kept the two competing teams apart during training to instil a certain rivalry which he hoped would come out on screen. I think he succeeded.

    • Deleted Scenes

      Three deleted scenes, two from the early street dance competition and one from later showing the Theta team cleaning up after training. None add any extra dimension ot the film itself.

    • Gag reel - 1:27mins

      A short collection of standard bloopers, fluffed lines, trips, miss-steps.

    • Trailers

      Trailers for Casino Royale , Are We Done Yet, Click and Ghost Rider.

    Essentially the extras come down to the documentary and the commentary, both of which are rather entertaining and informative. I think that something more should have been done with the choreography on this release though as it is a joy to watch in the main movie itself and to ignore it here seems a bit of a missed opportunity.
    Stomp the Yard Extras


    I know I'm going to regret this, friends and family will never let me forget and probably bring it up when most embarrassing but I actually enjoyed Stomp the Yard. Ok it has a formulaic plot and characters if any less shallow would almost be a drought but that's not the hook in this film. The hook here is the presentation of the dancing, the body popping and the regimented stepping.

    As such Stomp the Yard actually succeeds, you can't fault the choreography and the immense amount of work which both the actors and dance crew must have gone through to being this piece of entertainment to us. And this is what it is at the end of the day, a simple piece of entertainment.

    If you don't expect any great laughs, detailed inspection of the gang culture of L.A. or a thorough examination of the fraternity or American college system but do want a fun piece with some outstanding dance moves then give this a watch. Perhaps not one to keep in your collection because it doesn't have that watch again factor, but it's certainly worth a couple of hours of your time.
    Stomp the Yard Verdict

    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.99

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