”The Passion Of Dance” follows the dancers involved in the production and the real dance company who, to all intents and purposes, played themselves throughout the movie.
”Extended Dance Sequence” extends one of the movies opening sequences. This is quite a change in emphasis changing what, in the movies present cut, is a warm up sequence into more of a duelling dance sequence. Unfortunately no commentary is provided to discuss why this sequence was changed.
The ”audio commentary with Director Robert Altman and Neve Campbell” is a pretty good one and actually helps the movie run fluidly. Fun and without too many long pauses, the commentary actually helps to knit together the non dance sequences which are sometimes a little to fractured to run smoothly during the course of the film. Finally we come to the “isolated dance sequences from the film”. This extra allows the movie to be played as “ballet highlights only”. Removed from the context of the film the sequences can be enjoyed for what they are, beautiful examples of film. Full of fluid dynamic movement and colour and with a magnificent soundtrack this is a fun and thoughtful extra, well done Sony.
Also available are trailers for “The Company” and its soundtrack as well as a number of other films, all are presented in original aspect ratio along with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.
A flawed film but one that is full of beauty, colour and motion. Whilst not mainstream and with a (far too) loose plot, which verges on the non-existent, meandering between scenes with no real idea of its destination, Altman and Campbell should be applauded for trying something different. If you are at all interested in film you should at least rent it and run it with the commentary option switched on, then run it again for the ballet sequences only.
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