"Burn The Floor" isn't actually a movie, it's a presentation of a touring group that puts on a wonderfully high-energy dance performance. There are a number of different styles of dance that go into telling the story, including ballroom dancing.
The result is a funkier, more stylish "Lord Of The Dance", with a number of young dancers who are remarkably talented. I'm not a big fan of dance myself (if you could see me dance, it would probably provide laughs for a day or two), but I can certainly appreciate the talent involved and practice needed to reach this level.
The costumes are magnificent, and according to the site for the show, a large portion of the budget is devoted to them. The lighting and general production values are top-notch, and I was highly entertained - the audience in the background during this performance certainly sounds as if they were enjoying it, as well.
VIDEO: It's unfortunate that Universal has decided to go with a non-anamorphic transfer for the 1.77:1 image, but actually, I was pleasantly suprised by how few problems arose during the presentation. The image is slightly on the soft side, but still manages to remain very clean looking and at least "crisp" throughout. Lighting plays a major role in the performance as well, and colors look pure - without any problems.
Occasionally, some shimmering does appear, but I didn't find it very distracting. Overall, this is certainly one of the better non-anamorphic transfers I've seen lately.
SOUND: Most enjoyably, Universal has given viewers a choice on "Burn The Floor" of either Dolby Digital or DTS sound. While the two are not tremendously different, there are some noticable improvements in the DTS version. The DTS version sounds more dynamic, and has a lively presence that the Dolby Digital version comes up short on. While both soundtracks offer an enjoyable listening experience, the DTS version provides a more enveloping, rich presentation that I found really entertaining. In general, "Burn The Floor" has fantastic music that sounds wonderful on DVD.
MENUS:: Pleasant, although non-animated menus that use pictures from the performance.
"Burn The Floor: A Breathtaking Journey": This is a 30 minute documentary that details the incredible effort and practice that this group of dancers had to go through before they had brought together a strong enough live show for an audience. The documentary transports us right behind-the-scenes of every element of the production, and I found all of the details both informative and entertaining. Almost a production of its own, "A Breathtaking Journey" gives interviews with many members of both the cast and crew, giving their ideas and viewpoints about the history of the production.
Starting from the early stages, we see the process of picking the dancers and the early work that had to go into getting the presentation ready, working on the costumes being the first step. The rest of the presentation goes through the process of lighting and other rehersals before getting to the final show. Along the way, details of many other elements that end up on-stage are also talked about in detail.
Those who are interviewed with the production are energetic and enjoyable to listen to, and the training that is shown on this documentary is really intense. "A Breathtaking Journey" is a very strong documentary that does a fantastic job of going behind-the-scenes of this great production. If you do pick up this disc, I highly recommend watching this documentary.
Also: Trailer, production notes, cast&crew bios.
Final Thoughts: If you're at all a fan of stage shows or dance in general, "Burn The Floor" is highly recommended.
The Film B+
Video 88/B = (352/400 possible points)
Audio: 94/A = (376/400 possible points)
Extras: 85/B = (255/300 possible points)
Menus: 75/C = (150/200 possible points)
Value: 85/B = (255/300 possible points)
FILM GRADE: B+
DVD GRADE: B