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'Step Up 3' (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
(Shami Vinson, Rick Malambri, Adam G. Sevani, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray+DVD / PG-13 / 2010 / Touchstone Pictures)

Overview: Step it up to the stratosphere with 'Step Up 3,' the eye-popping dance movie that gets your juices flowing like nothing before it. Gravity-defying routines, pulse-pounding music and heated drama take you to a dimension that's nothing less than amazing. When a tight-knit group of New York City street dancers are pitted against the best hip hop dancers in the world, it's a high stakes dance battle that'll change their lives forever!

Blu ray+DVD Verdict: 'Step Up 3' starts with a few guys and gals telling the camera what dance means to them. The words seem heartfelt. One says it means becoming someone else; another says dance saved him, yet another says it set her free. The guy shooting the footage is Luke (Malambri), blessed with the soul of a filmmaker. He runs into freshman Moose (Sevani), who has just applied for an engineering major at New York University.

If you've been following the franchise, Moose was there in previous instalments in minor roles. He has a slightly bigger part to play in this one. His parents want him to give up on "that dance thing" and work on getting a taste of the "real life".

No such luck. Li'l Man is drawn to boogeying like a moth drawn to a flame. Luke runs something called The Vault. It is a safehouse for talents that have nowhere to go. He has a set-up most choreographers would give a right hand for. There's even a club in the basement. Not all is as cool as it seems though. Luke is behind on the rent and the bank's fed up of sending reminders. His dance crew, called the House of Pirates, find themselves sparring with the House of Samurai run by rich kid Julian, who wants to buy out the place where the Vault is housed.

Luke sees Moose as his lucky charm and as quickly, finds love in the enigmatic Natalie (Vinson). However, Natalie isn't being entirely truthful.

Come to think of it, neither is Moose. He even starts ignoring bestest friend Camille (Alyson Stoner), who begins feeling left out of all the fun. Meanwhile, the Pirates begin preparing for a dance-off called the World Jam and sooner than later, find a Judas among them. Any idea who it is? [BD] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

• Extra moves (Linear Video). This music montage features the dancers with alternate angles and extra footage
• Making of the music videos (Linear Video)
• Music Videos
o "Club Can't Handle Me" - Flo Rida featuring David Guetta (3:52) o "My Own Step (theme from Step Up 3D)" - Roscoe Dash and T-Pain, featuring Fabo (4:42)
o "Already Taken" - Trey Songz (3:58)
o "This Girl" - Laza Morgan (3:13)
o "This Instant" - Sophia Fresh featuring T-Pain (3:36)
o "No Te Quiero (Remix)" - Sophia Del Carmen featuring Pitbull (3:13)
o "Irresistible" - Wisiny Yandel (3:15)
o "Spirit of the Radio" - Jrandall (3:10)

BD: (included all DVD bonus features, plus)
• Born From A Boombox: A Luke Katcher Film (Linear Video). View the never-before-seen documentary Luke made to get into film school
• Deleted scenes (Linear Video). With intros by Director Jon M. Chu o Club Battle (3:34 includes intro)
o Sneaker Montage (4:06 includes intro)
o Carlos Explains Redhook (1:34 includes intro)
o Jacob Tribal Story (4:32 includes intro)
o Capoeira (3:49 includes intro)
o Moose Gets "Sick" (2:52 includes intro)
o Sad Montage (3:53 includes intro)
o Opening World Jam (4:28 includes intro)