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Strictly Ballroom [Blu-ray] [Import]

 PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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While the plot of this Australian film may seem a bit familiar (The Ugly Duckling meets Dirty Dancing), the whimsical tone and superb dance sequences will make you forget the movie's predictability. Scott (Paul Mercurio) is a champion ballroom dancer who wants to dance "his own steps." Fran is the homely, beginning dancer who convinces Scott that he should dance his own steps... with her. Complicating matters are Scott's domineering mother (Pat Thompson), a former dancer herself, who wants her son to win the Australian Pan Pacific Championship (the same contest she lost years ago), and a conniving dance committee that is determined that "there are no new steps!" The dancing is enjoyable, yet not overwhelming, and the movie strives hard not to take itself too seriously (the beginning of the film is even styled as a pseudo-documentary). Strictly Ballroom, while not so subtly imparting its moral ("A life lived in fear is a life half-lived"), is a laughable romp that's sure to be a crowd pleaser. --Jenny Brown

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The 10th-anniversary DVD of Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom does everything it can to associate itself with the director's 2001 musical Moulin Rouge, from its cover art to its red-curtain animated menus. The commentary track, by Luhrmann, Catherine Martin (Luhrmann's wife and the Oscar(r)-winning production designer for Moulin Rouge), and choreographer John "Cha Cha" O'Connell, is rather broad, often covering general points about the movie or about Moulin Rouge instead of the specific scene that is playing. Trivia tidbits include the decision to cast actors rather than dancers (Paul Mercurio being a notable exception) and how the health department tried to shut down the film. The DVD also includes Maria Stratford's 1986 documentary "From Samba to Slow Fox," a 30-minute examination of the Australian ballroom-dancing scene (mirrored in Strictly Ballroom's faux-documentary opening), and five short Luhrmann-narrated featurettes, the most interesting of which present backstage photos and international promotional art. --David Horiuchi

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars this version is terrible! Jan. 24 2003
By soonli
This dvd version must have been a direct transfer from a video, or a bootleg by someone sitting in the theatre because the quality is absolutely horrible! The distributor should just throw these babies away because they are not worth even a penny. If I had to choose, I would just go out and buy the video version. This dvd records all the pops, clicks and faded images, and is it my imagination, or is the film constantly shaking? If you like Strictly Ballroom (and it is a wonderful film), buy the other dvd version - or stick to the video.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By M. B. Alcat TOP 500 REVIEWER
The plot of "Strictly Ballroom" isn't overly complicated, but somehow its director, Baz Luhrmann, managed to make the kind of movie that leaves you smiling, and wanting to watch it again. This film doesn't give you a lot of food for thought, but it is pure unadulterated fun, and that is a lot :)

The main character is Scott (Paul Mercurio), a ballroom dancer who is tired of the steps that others taught him, and wants to dance his own steps. Due to that, and to the fact that he starts to do exactly that in a championship without talking about it with his partner, Liz (Gia Carides), she leaves him. For Liz, the matter is simple: she wants to win, and Scott's new steps aren't the way to do so. The president of the Australian Dance Federation, Barry Fife (Bill Hunter), expresses the situation quite well when he says that "Well, of course, you can dance any steps you like! But that doesn't mean you'll...win".

It is after that chaotic and interesting beginning to the film that the try-outs for Scott's new couple begin, the "judges" being his extremely emotional mother (Pat Thompson) and his ballroom dancing professor (Peter Whitford), both professional ballroom dancers in the past. Unknown to them, though, Scott discovers in Fran (Tara Morice), a frequently overlooked woman who is merely a beginner with lots of spunk, the person who he wants to dance with, even if he has to teach her himself. After all, Fran's motto, "A life lived in fear is a life half lived", goes well with Scott's philosophy that is dancing that matters, not winning.

All in all, I can sincerely say that I loved this movie, and that I deeply regret missing it in 1992, when it was released...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Jan. 5 2014
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Shipped fast. Can't say anything negative at all. I got it for a friend who wanted it. She's very happy with it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delight! Aug. 28 2013
By LisaG
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This movie is sweet & quirky. It's an Australian version of Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show as it starts as a documentary. I have watched it many times over the years and I think I enjoy it more every time I watch it. It's a delight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strictly Ballroom Dec 17 2012
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I've seen this movie a thousand times! It's quirky! It has an incredible soundtrack! The dancing is fantastic! Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice share a wonderful chemistry. You can't help rooting for them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strictly Ballroom July 26 2012
By Pdance
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Wonderful story lines. Very interesting movie with good dance performers. Very interesting characters too. Overall, a very entertaining movie. This movie will make you smile.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery, great service! Jan. 15 2012
By Victor
Got this item just before Christmas even after a late order!
Was shipped the next day and arrived to make a Christmas present for my girlfriend who was thrilled and we wathced and enjoyed it very much. Thank you for speedy delivery and good service!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely One of the Best Movies ever!! Oct. 26 2002
If you missed this Australia gem, don't fail to get it when it comes out soon. The Aussies are rabid about their ballroom dancing, and this movie pokes gentle fun at their obsession with classy wit that is incisive and yet endearing. The whole movie is stocked with super performances in this tale of the ugly ducking turning into a swan simply because she wants to dance ballroom. The characters, editing and delivery of all the actors keep this on the cutting edge that make it one you will want to view again and again.
Absolutely one of the best!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie, not so the DVD
I have loved this movie for years, and had it on tape. I was so happy when I saw there was a DVD, and it had a commentary. But, surprise! The commentary is absoluely rotten. Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by Noone
3.0 out of 5 stars Some spectacular dance scenes
I've never really been a great fan of Baz Luhrmann's. Moulin Rouge was also a 3 out of 5 rating, in my opinion. Read more
Published on May 22 2004 by R. van Tonder
2.0 out of 5 stars Strictly average
Paul Mercurio (Scott Hastings),Tara Morice (Fran), and Bill Hunter (Barry Fife) star in Baz Luhrmann's first film, Strictly Ballroom. Read more
Published on April 21 2004 by J. Botha
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, musical whimsy!
It's impossible not to be moved by this wonderful gem of a movie, which proved to be a major stepping stone for bigger (but not always better) works for its director. Read more
Published on March 6 2004 by Nelson Aspen
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew Ballroom Dancing was so SEXY!!
I must admit, it took me approximately 20 minutes to actually get into this movie. I so wanted to shut if off, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and decided to give it more... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Susan Shams
5.0 out of 5 stars Show me..show me
"Strictly Ballroom" easily became one of those movies I popped in the DVD player during a rainy Sunday. Each viewing only got better with time. Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2004 by C. DeMario
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky Sweet Romantic Comedy
This has been my all-time favorite movie since my first viewing. If you like musicals, and somewhat off-beat comedy, you will enjoy it. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003 by "kellsnell"
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