Synopsis ~ Footloose jumps with spirit, dazzling dance numbers and an electrifying musical score. It portrays the timeless struggle between innocent pleasure and rigid morality, when city-boy Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) finds himself in an uptight Midwestern town where dancing has been banned. Ren revolts with best friend Willard (Chris Penn) and the minister’s daughter (Lori Singer). A treasury of Top 10 songs-Kenny Loggins “Footloose,” Shalamar “Dancing In The Sheets,” Deniece Williams “Let’s Hear It For The Boy,” Bonnie Tyler “Holding Out for A Hero,” and the Footloose love theme, “Almost Paradise.”
Running Time: 107 minutes
Number of Disks: 1
– Commentary by Craig Zadan and Dean Pitchford
– Commentary by Kevin Bacon
– Let’s Dance! Kevin Bacon on Footloose HD
– From Bomont to the Big Apple: An Interview with Sarah Jessica Parker HD
– Remembering Willard HD
– Kevin Bacon’s Screen Test HD
– Kevin Bacon Costume Montage HD
– Footloose: A Modern Musical: Part 1
– Footloose: A Modern Musical: Part 2
– Footloose: Songs That Tell a Story
– Theatrical Trailer HD
Not only considered by many to be one of the most quintessential dance films of all time, but also one of the most 80’s defining films – both in terms of substance and soundtrack – Footloose: Deluxe Edition builds upon that legendary dance floor and score and adds even more boogie to the bouncing kids of Bomont.
Sharing much the same synopsis as its genre sharing rival Dirty Dancing, Footloose distinguishes itself mostly by being a much more aggressive teen rebellion film, and while the cast doesn’t hold nearly the big ticket talent of Dirty Dancing’s dais, the fledgling Footloose talent on display – complemented fantastically by John Lithgow’s timeless brilliance – is almost as captivating as their dance moves.
Fans of the magic behind the film will love the Commentary by Zadan and Pitchford, but fans of the cast itself and all the controversy behind filming may sway more toward Bacon’s equally strong offering. Other enjoyable extras include both Kevin Bacon and Sarah Jessica Parker’s internalized view of their respective careers, a somewhat somber tribute to Willard – portrayed by the now passed on Chris Penn – which explores both the roots of his performance and the personal life Footloose gave him, and a two-part feature delving into the dancing, doubles and difficulties of creating the musical. Another great feature “Songs That Tell a Story”, involving mostly the films soundtrack, its premiere and the genesis of Mtv, is also included as well as the film’s original theatrical trailer.
So if you’ve long been in a trance since Bacon first uttered, “Let’s Dance!”, then this Footloose: Deluxe Edition should have you hoppin’ and boppin’ all the way down memory lane.
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Cast: Kevin Bacon | Lori Singer | John Lithgow | Dianne Wiest | Sarah Jessica Parker | Chris Penn | John Laughlin | Elizabeth Gorcey
Director: Herbert Ross
Central Writers: Dean Pitchford
Theatrical Release: February 17, 1984
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: September 27, 2011
Genre: Drama | Music | Romance
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE