REVIEW: ROCK OF AGES
OVERVIEW: It will be nothin’ but a good time when “Rock of Ages” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on October 9 from Warner Home Entertainment Group. Based on the hit Broadway musical and featuring the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more, “Rock of Ages” is a love story that celebrates big dreams and loud drums. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the extended edition, with over 13 additional minutes of more songs, more dancing and more laughs.
“Rock of Ages” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for and on single disc DVD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a hi-definition and standard definition copy of the film and UltraViolet; and the single disc DVD features a standard definition copy of the film and UltraViolet. UltraViolet allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.*
Under the direction of Adam Shankman ("Hairspray"), New Line Cinema's feature film adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" comes to the big screen.
"Rock of Ages" tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def
Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more.
REVIEW: Ok, so let me get the embarrassing bits out of the way. It started with a pulsing tap of the foot, on the opening scenes. It then transitioned in to an accompanying rhythmic clap to the Rock beats and in less than no time, it all culminated in to what I’d like to coin as
S.O.L. Not L.O.L. (Laughing out loud), but SOL: Singing Out Loud. Yes that’s right I, along with a very vibrant audience, found myself singing passionately to the likes of Guns and Roses, Def
Leppard, Journey, Poison, Twisted Sister, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, just to name a few. This foot tapping, hand clapping, head bopping; fist pumping musical was infectious from the very first scene.
Now that we have those embarrassing ‘tid-bits’ out of the way, we can get to the movie. This film, based on the Broadway musical of the same name, is stellar with its line-up of stars. Director Adam Shankman has gone above and beyond the call of duty, with this one. Tom Cruise’s flawed character “Stacee Jaxx” embodies every characteristic of what we have come to know as the eighties Rock star. He is authentic with every stage move and is every bit convincing in his roll. He captivates the crowd with flawless performances throughout the movie. Moreover with this performance he has certainly graduated from the skinny teen of “Risky Business,” rocking away on an imaginary air-guitar, to the likeness of some of the eighties greatest front men, such as Axl Rose. Likewise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Mary J. Blige are exceptional in their supporting rolls. They bring song, drama, romance and comedy to the mix, with their signature individual attributes. However, the real attention-getter of the movie is a relatively new-comer, Julianne Hough (Footloose – 2011). What a
hottie?! She is beautiful talented and lovable with a touch of Olivia Newton-John (Grease – 1978). She brings that real home-town girl feel to the roll of “Sherrie Christian,” sharing the screen with up-and-coming
newbie, Diego Boneta (Javier Luna in the series 90210).
This flick is arguably the “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) for of a new generation (generation “i”). I predict that a whole new generation will follow this prospective cult-classic for decades to come. It has all of the hallmark traits of great musicals of the past such as Grease (1978), Jailhouse Rock (1957) and Singin’ in the Rain (1952). And as with its predecessors, it has a great sound-track with well-choreographed dance steps and lots of feel-good romance. It’s not about substance, it’s not about story-line, it’s not about artistic qualities; it’s about the Rock genre of the eighties and all that came with it.
If you have not been to the movies in a while, if you are married and planning a date-night outing, or if you are simply asking someone out on a date or maybe simply curious about the hype of the eighties rock genre, then this is the movie that will take movie-goers on a musical journey. This movie had the audience moving and grooving right up until the credits stopped rolling and the curtains closed. It was loud, it was sensational and it was certainly over the top Rock of Ages.
This is the movie to see for the summer and I give it four and a half stars for delivery. It certainly gives what the trailer portrays and more.
By Movie-Man Stan
The film is
presented in 1080P widescreen in a 2.41:1 aspect ration
preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just
flawless.Not only the picture looks great in
this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio (48kHz/24bit) in English, Spanish and French that provides a
good complement to the picture. It also includes
English Spanish French
2.41:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 1080P
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital,
French 5.1 Dolby Digital Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
ESDH, Latin Spanish
EXTENDED CUT OF THE FILM
Rock of Ages: Legends of the Sunset Strip Hosted by Bret Michaels - Hear from rock stars - Def leppard, Poison, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, and more - as they relive the music and vibe of the extroadinary Sunset Strip.
The Stories We Sing - Find out the real stories and crazy events that inspired your favorite power ballad's and rock anthems of the 80's.
Defining a Decade - Join Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blidge, Catherine Zeta-Jones, director Adam Shankman and others to show us inside the world of the late 80’s!
Any Way You Want It - Music Featurette (Video)
Def Leppard – LIVE! – Get an inside look at the Rock of Ages premiere, including the live performance by Def Leppard
If You Build It, They Will Rock It - Defining A Decade - A look at the historical significance of the real “Sunset Strip” clubs in the 80’s and how they shaped the design of the Bourbon Room in the movie.
DVD disc: Feature film in standard definition
UltraViolet Digital Copy of the film
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