'High Strung: Free Dance' [Blu-ray]
(Thomas Doherty, Harry Jarvis, Juliet Doherty, Jane Seymour, Ace Bhatti, et al / Blu-ray / PG / 2020 / GVN Releasing)
Overview: The sequel to the first High Strung movie, 'High Strung: Free Dance', tells the story of Zander Raines, a dazzling and tempestuous young choreographer (Thomas Doherty) who gives the break of a lifetime to two hopeful artists when he casts a stunning contemporary dancer, Barlow (Juliet Doherty) and innovative pianist, Charlie (Harry Jarvis) in New York’s most-anticipated new Broadway show: Free Dance.
But the move throws off the show’s delicate creative balance when Charlie falls hard for Barlow while Zander embraces her as his muse.
Blu-ray Verdict: Not without its flaws, 'High Strung: Free Dance' features beautiful dancers, quite wondrous dance routines and will leave you feeling like you have just witnessed a great Broadway show live.
Personally, I actually liked the original 'High Strung' a wee bit more, but this follow up sure knows how to not only continue a story, but expand upon it beautifully.
Chock full of breathless and highly entertaining dancing, therein is why I say this sequel had flaws to contend with also. For I would have liked to have seen more quiet time conversations within the cast about certain aspects that they were going through and such.
As for stand out moments, well, and aside from maybe nearly all the dance choreography, I personally enjoyed the contact between the elderly lady and the pianist, because it gave the movie some genuine heart.
The Doherty's (Thomas and Juliet, although not related, weirdly enough) are stand out dancers for all to see, that's for sure, and the older generation layer sewn of having the evergreen Jane Seymour in the cast just makes it all the more enticing.
Sure, the final show they perform is a little, well, ungrounded, for want of a better word, but it still remains fun and very stylish at all times. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:
Behind the Scenes
Interview with Composer Nathan Lanier
"Masterpiece" (Music Video)
"Liar" (Music Video)
GVN Releasing releases 'High Strung: Free Dance' February 4th, 2020 on Blu-ray and DVD.
Official 'High Strung: Free Dance' Trailer
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