Blu-ray, DVD Release: Footloose (2011)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $29.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

FootlooseThe 2011 Footloose is a remake or re-imagining or re-telling of the 1984 film about a city kid (then X-Men: First Class‘ Kevin Bacon) who shakes up a small town where rock music and dancing have been banned.

Kenny Wormald, a newcomer who played a dancer in Clerks II, leads the new Footloose as city kid Ren MacCormack. When his family moves him to Bomont, he goes against the town’s reverand (Dennis Quaid, Soul Surfer) to challenge the rock music and dancing ban with the help of the reverand’s daughter (Julianne Hough, Burlesque).

Andie MacDowell (Daydream Nation) and Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole) also star in the PG-13 film, whose soundtrack includes music by Blake Shelton.

The drama movie was directed by Craig Brewer, who’s no stranger to music-filled films, having written and directed 2005’s Hustle & Flow, which won an Oscar for its original song “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp.”

Footloose Blu-ray boxFootloose grossed a respectable $52 million in theaters, double its estimated production budget, and got a nice reception from critics, better than the original movie (although this writer is one big fan of the original version). We agree with IndieWire critic Leonard Maltin’s take on Footloose: “Does the world really need a remake of Footloose? I would answer no, but I must also admit that the new movie is innocuous and pleasant-enough to watch.”

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack contains a bunch of special features:

  • commentary by director Craig Brewer
  • featurette “Jump Back: Re-Imagining Footloose
  • featurette “Everybody Cut: The Stars of Footloose
  • featurette “Dancing With the Footloose Stars”
  • deleted scenes with optional commentary by Brewer
  • “Footloose” music video by Blake Shelton
  • “Fake ID” music video by Big & Rich
  • “Holding Out For a Hero” music video by Ella Mae Bowen
  • Footloose Rap
  • downloadable digital copy

The DVD offers just the commentary, deleted scenes and “Fake ID” music video.

Both include UltraViolet, allowing you to store digital copies of movies and download them or stream them.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.