I Love the 80s Edition
Review by Chastity Campbell
Stars: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri
Director: Adrian Lyne
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Features: Bonus CD
Length: 94 Minutes
Release Date: February 3, 2009
“Some nights I just can’t wait to get out there so I
Well, I feel the music, close my eyes and…well, keep them shut! Flashdance was a movie from the early 80s that helped propel torn, off the shoulder sweatshirts from weekend wear to everyday dress. That unfortunately was not enough to help this movie be all that it could have been.
Now, don’t get me wrong…Jennifer Beals, who plays the tough as nails,
metal welder Alex, is quite eye catching while dancing on stage at Mawby’s
bar. Her co-star Michael
Nouri, better known for his run of 80s TV movies, did a wonderful job playing
off of Beals character. It was, however, the jumpy editing and choppy dialogue that
left me counting the minutes until she danced the last dance.
Alex has a dream of being a dancer, but is afraid of
failing and thus has yet to take that first step to stardom. She’s been working full time at a factory welding metal for
a living, and in her free time dances on stage at Mawby’s bar. Mawby’s is a
nice little dive downtown that allows the pretty ladies to dance while taking
their clothes off.
Now Nick comes into Mawby’s to kick back and have a beer,
when to his delight, Alex takes the stage and washes away the competition,
literally. Nick finds out that Alex
works for his company by day and before you know it, they are dancing the
Nick has some connections and helps get Alex a dance
interview with Pittsburgh Dance & Repertory School.
Before her interview, Alex unfortunately witnesses one of her best
friends miss out on her dream of becoming a figure skater after she falls on the
ice. This causes her to get a case
of cold feet and anyone who knows dancing knows that you have to warm those
tootsies up before you can hit them with your best shot.
A lot of emotions and a few conversations later, Alex takes
the plunge and heads on into the school to show them what she’s made of.
Apparently, she’s made to fall down because that’s exactly what she
does. She is able to however
pull herself up by her ballet shoes and knock their bobby socks off with some
80s moves that would make Janet Jackson yell, “YOU GO GIRL!”
If not for the dialogue problems and the somewhat
predictable storyline, I would have been impressed with this movie a little
more. I suppose modern day
movies have spoiled me a bit and I expect more than an early 80s release can
The movie is presented in a 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
format, but unfortunately, it didn’t transfer to the digital world very well.
The daytime shots were very grainy and tended to be gray and flat. The
shadows and muted tones of the well lit scenes seemed to take over most of the
picture, leaving you feeling like you’d lost a dimension that in this day and
age most movie lovers have become accustomed to.
Overall, the quality wasn’t horrible, and it’s what you would
typically expect from an early 80s re-release.
I love 80s tunes, and this soundtrack did deliver, but the
audio quality overall was only mediocre.
Given to us in a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound format with English
& French subtitles, you get the feeling right from the opening credits that
you’re inside a shoe box and the sound is being filtered in.
The mix was ok, but in some places it tended to drop out quite a bit
where spoken dialogue was layered over the background music.
The only extra is a bonus CD of some big 80s hits.