'You Got Served/Stomp the Yard' (Double Feature)
(Jay Hernandez, Derek Richardson, Lauren German, Heather Matarazzo, Jordan Ladd, et al / Blu-ray+DVD / R / 2019 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Double the Dance, Double the Drama! 'You Got Served' - At Mr. Rad's Warehouse, the best hip-hop crews in L.A. compete for money and respect. But when a suburban crew crashes the party, stealing their dancers-and their moves-two friends have to pull together to represent the street.
'Stomp The Yard' - DJ, an underground street dancer, does not get along with the wealthier students on campus. After he decides to join an official step group he must learn to stop dancing as an individual, and start stepping as part of a team.
Blu-ray Verdict: In 'You Got Served' (2004), in order to achieve their dream of opening a recording studio, two friends (Omarion, Houston) must first win their city's dance contest - a fierce competition that pits them against a group of tough street dancers.
Many people over the years have compared this movie to 'Breakin', which back in it's day was the freshest new thing to come around. It helped to start a trend around the U.S.
But as far as plot line goes, well, not so much, sorry. The dancing is good, the characters worthy of their screen time, but the plot is totally predictable.
For me, the same goes for 'Flashdance' though. Although people still have a connection with that movie they are constantly doing the Where are they now segments for that movie!
But the dancing in that movie was something no one had seen before and inspired a dance troop who toured throughout the U.S. just to dance to the music.
Ergo, I see 'You Got Served' in much the same light. Yes, the plot was formula, but the dancing was incredible.
In 'Stomp The Yard' (2007), after the death of his brother, an expert street dancer goes to Georgia to attend Truth University. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he joins in his fraternity's effort to win a step dancing competition.
In truth, 'Stomp the Yard' was a lot of fun, exciting and breathtaking. The dancing was incomparable and I never felt like there wasn't enough of it, (which is often the case in dance movies).
I loved the way it was shot and cut because it added to the intensity and difficulty of the dancing. For those not in the know, the phrase "stomp the yard" refers to a style of dance originating in the African community and used almost ritualistically in black fraternities and sororities around the country.
The combination of stepping mixed with hip hop moves was a treat. Dancers are like technology, evolving ever more quickly, as the dancing wasn't quite this good just three years ago in 2004's above-reviewed 'You Got Served'.
Indeed, anyone who has ever tried to step, krump or breakdance can appreciate the amount of work it takes to do these acrobatic moves.
This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.