The Review at a Glance: ( max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Stage 6 Films- 2010
Feature running time: 88 minutes
Genre: Drama, Dance
Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French (PAR) DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: David Banner, Keith David, Pooch Hall, Collins Pennie
Directed by: Rob Hardy
Music by: Todd Bozung
Written by: Albert Leon and Meena Payne
Region Code: A/B
Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 21, 2010
"On Homecoming Weekend, Feel The Passion."
In the countdown to a national step-off, rivalries at Truth University run red hot. The Theta Nus are counting on new pledge Chance Harris (Collins Pennie) to lead the team to victory. But he’s too caught up in his own problems to focus. At odds with his father, caught up in romantic troubles and targeted by a street gang for an unpaid debt, Chance must decide what is truly important and make the choices that will shape his life. Stomp the Yard: Homecoming unites a powerful cast featuring Terrence J and Pooch Hall with a soundtrack packed with pulse-pounding tracks.
'Stomp The Yard 2: Homecoming' is the sequel to 2007's "Stomp The Yard". I have not seen any of the steppin' style dance films, so I have no real reference point to go on. I have seen a few episodes "America's Best Dance Crew", and enough overly melodramatic college drama's where the lead has family issues, must choose right from wrong, fight for his love interest and yadda yaddaa--to make an assessment. I was disappointed in the films dance sequences, I did anticipate better. Don't get me wrong, some of it was cool, it was just too repetitive with some silly costumes and too much macho posturing for me. As far as a drama, it was laughably clichéd, but had enough heart and some decent morals which helped make it passable.
I had a hard time stomaching how intense everyone was. The acting would have worked on a better script with better dialogue, but here it just made me laugh and cringe multiple times. The big message here is that your action's effect the people around you and that you need to be more responsible if your 'moves' can harm your family, whether its your biological family or your fraternity. Wow, deep! The less deep version is if you gamble on the streets, pay your debts or someone will come looking for you, and on the way some of your people might get harmed. Add in some love, dancing and cheesy drama and you have 'Stomp The Yard 2: Homecoming'.
The production was where things really failed. The editing was amateur, and at times so over done I could not focus. The lightning and cinematography gave the film a strange look, I don't know who found the bronzed hue appealing, I didn't and the person I watched this with, who is not super critical, even commented and the look. There are multiple reasons this is straight to video, as there is no way this could hang on the big screen.
As bad as I make it sound, it really was not terrible. There were times I rooted for our lead charter Chance Harris (Collins Pennie - 2009's Fame), even though he really did need to loosen up a bit. His journey was a bit too muddied, adding everything but the kitchen sink as an obstacle. Chance has just pledged the Theta Nu fraternity and these guys are getting ready to compete in the national step championship. He is having conflict with his father, he is being hunted by thugs for a debt he really shouldn't owe, he is at odds with his girlfriend and his fraternity's dance crew is fighting another with a rival fraternity. Thats a lot of stuff to work through in 4 days and 90 mins, not to mention in one sentence! His father was played by one of my favorites, Keith David (They Live, The Thing) who is always cool to see on screen as well as a cameo from Jasmine Guy (A different World). The music worked well and sounded good, and I did get into a few of the characters. If I caught it on cable I would have got sucked in enough to have finished it off.
Rated PG-13 for some violence, sensuality and language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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'Stomp The Yard 2: Homecoming' comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 27.2 mbps and DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround Sound that has an average bitrate of 4.1 mbps.
'Stomp The Yard 2: Homecoming' was a tough for me to watch. The editing in the dance sequences was way too "MTV" for me. 2 million cuts a minute, no chance to focus on a shot or even see the dancing. It really drove me insane! This wasn't every dance sequence, but it happened enough to be pointed out. The colors were under-saturated with a bronze hue to the production. This would change from location to location but the color temperature always looked off. Through this weird color scheme, flesh-tones did come off looking natural and saved the look of the movie. The black levels and shadow details were very nice and this video presentations strongest attribute. The fine details on clothing and facial features were noticeable on the close-ups, but not as clear as we are used to seeing from Sony.
The sound design was aggressive and dynamic with an expectedly loud soundtrack with some nice deep, room shaking bass. There were moments where I felt the low end in some songs was not where it should have been, but most of the time this was not of too much concern. This was a front sound-stage focused affair, with only ambiance and crowd cheering in the effect channels. There was an annoying tendency to use the sides as a matrix of the front sound-stage with a bit of echo; it stood out at times and could have used some refinement. Dialogue was prominent and clear and there really was nothing terrible going on, just nothing that knocked my socks off.
- Filmmaker and Cast Commentary
- (HD) Stomp On The Yard: Choreography
- (HD) Deleted Scenes
- (HD) Previews: Stomp The Yard, Takers, The Karate Kid, Obsessed, The Back-up Plan, The Pillars of the Earth, To Save A Life
- DVD copy
I think fans of this genre will enjoy 'Stomp The Yard 2: Homecoming'...but really, thats about it. There is a reason this went straight to video, even though it could have been released theatrically to battle with this years 'Step Up 3D'. Sony's release seems to do the film justice, unfortunately the lighting, color scheme and editing left a bit to be desired. If you consider that it is a straight to video movie then its faults become a bit more passable. For film buff's and High Def lovers I recommend skipping it (but I have a feeling you were already planning to) or catching it on cable.
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