Step Up Revolution 3D

Featured In Issue 172, December 2012

3D Picture5+
WSR Score5
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"Step Up Revolution" is the next installment in the worldwide smash "Step Up" franchise. Emily (McCormick) arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and soon falls in love with Sean (Guzman), a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs, called "The Mob." When a wealthy businessman threatens to develop The Mob's historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people, Emily must band together with Sean and The Mob to turn their performance art into protest art, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include director and cast commentary; the following featurettes: "Becoming A Star" (HD 05:06), "Choreography" (HD 10:28), "Dancing On Their Own" (HD 05:02), and "Making The Mob" (HD 09:53); a "Flash Mob Index" featuring six of The Mob's dance sequences; the Jennifer Lopez "Goin' In" music video featuring Flo Rida; the Timbaland "Hands In The Air" video featuring Ne-Yo; three deleted scenes; trailers; and upfront ads.

The 1080p MVC 3D picture is absolutely spectacular, with a stunning sense of depth and spatial scope throughout. The sense of aliveness is effectively communicated with the dimensionality. The dance sequences are impressive, with extremely fast and jerky moves, yet there is no smearing or ghosting. The in-your-face moves with arms never over-exaggerate for effect, and the spatial perspectives and Miami scenes are realistically natural in appearance. The strongest 3D elements, other than the dance segments, are the exterior and interior settings that frame the storytelling. The overall 3D effect is clean and exciting. The color palette is nicely saturated with vivid hues and deep blacks. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. Resolution is excellent as well, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object textures. But even the Miami backgrounds are nicely detailed and clear, which further enhances the sense of depth. While photographed in digital, the images never look "digital" or "metallic," always exhibiting a natural presence. This is an aggressive, really strong Blu-ray 3D experience that is visually exciting and engaging with its incredible dance energy. The 3D is absolutely fantastic and spectacular when the credits roll! Viewing the 2D Blu-ray version just fell flat by comparison. Still, every parameter of the 2D version exhibits exemplary picture quality! This one sets a new standard for 3D visualization. After experiencing this, there is no going back to 2D! (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamically nuanced throughout, with specially dimensional soundscapes with the Miami water shorelines. The .1 LFE channel is aggressively energized during the dance music, which heightens the rhythmic excitement. The bass sounds natural, not contrived, as an effect. The musical dance sequences are impressive sonically and stirring emotionally. The soundfield is effectively spatial, aided by the two additional rear channels in the 7.1-channel/loudspeaker layout, which is used effectively to create spatial dimensionality. The music is nicely recorded, with a sound quality that draws one into the experience, for a perfect match to the 3D. The dancing and music takes place in many different locations, both interior and exterior, with different spatial volumes. Surround envelopment is aggressive and spatially balanced, and never displaced from its solid frontal focus. At times sound effects and atmospherics can be heard when the music is not prominent, and the result is effective in establishing the soundscapes implied by the visuals. Dialogue is always intelligible and surprisingly integrated spatially. This is a well-produced, reference soundtrack that is exciting, spatially dimensional, and musical—the perfect complement to the storytelling. The encoding is optimized for those with DTS Neo:X 11.1 systems. (Gary Reber)