In Footloose, Ren MacCormack (Wormald) is a city kid translated to the small town of Bomont where dancing has been outlawed. Ren goes up against Bomont's reverend (Quaid) to challenge the ban with the help of the minister's daughter (Hough), and in the process reminds the entire town that dancing is more than youthful exuberance—it's a celebration of life. (Gary Reber)
Special featues include commentary by Director Craig Brewer; three featurettes: Jump Back:
Re-Imagining Footloose (HD 14:46), The Stars Of Footloose (HD 12:59), and Dancing With The Footloose Stars (HD 12:39); five deleted scenes with optional commentary by Brewer (HD 06:54); three music videos: "Footloose" by Blake Shelton, "Fake ID" by Big & Rich, and "Holding Out For A Hero" by Ella Mae Bowen; "Footloose" Rap with Emily Whitcomb (HD 02:01); and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is terrific with a dense, saturated color palette that exhibits rich and vivid hues that pop off the screen. Color fidelity is nicely balanced as well. The thin grain layer imparts a cinematic presence, yet the imagery is sharp and clear throughout. Fleshtones are rendered naturally with nuanced tonal differences. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution reveals fine detail throughout, especially with respect to close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is an excellent visual presentation, with color density that is engaging and sure to please. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel is packed with dynamic energy, enhanced with deep and solid .1 LFE energy down to sub-25 Hz. Still, the proceedings consistently sound clean and dialogue is always intelligible. Of course, the music is a prime element and the sonics do not disappoint. The sound is dynamic and immersively enveloping, with a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively into the surrounds. Panning of atmospherics and sound effects is effective to enhance the overall holosonic® character. This is a well-crafted soundtrack that delivers punchy sonics and energized dynamics that are engaging. (Gary Reber)