The Good

You can never have too much Footloose.

The Bad

The double-dip nature of this release.Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon) loves to dance. It is the only way he can really express himself. So why would his loving mother move them to place where he can't do this? He soon hooks up with Willard (Chris Penn) and through a series of circumstances ends up befriending town badgirl/preacher's child Ariel (Lori Singer), much to the chagrin of the preacher (John Lithgow). Soon the movie becomes a light on its feet version of Inherit the Wind only instead of townies fighting evolution they are fighting... dancing?

Truthfully, this movie can either be taken really seriously or it is something to laugh it. One will either get caught up in Ren's plight or they will say that things must've been pretty dull in the mid-80s for this film to gross $80 million.


No extras came with this release.


Widescreen Version enhanced for 16:9 TVs. This movie looked good. The problem in my home is that I have an HDTV but not a Blu-ray player. So when I review a movie like Footloose only able to watch it in the standard format. This is fine but my eyes are getting trained to see the difference in standard and high definition programming.


English 6.1 DTS Surround. Dolby Digital: English 5.1/ English 2.0 Surround/ French 2.0 Surround. Subtitled in English and Spanish. The audio for this release was good but I probably should have tested it out on a better system. So much of this release feels like a rehash that it was really hard to get excited about it.


Bacon is shown on the front cover of this release during the famous dance scene that established who this character really was. The back features some more images from this movie, a description of what this film is about, a cast list and technical specs. There isn't anything that special about this packaging but how crazy do you want it to be for Footloose?

Final Word

I am going to tell you a secret...

When I first saw this movie in a now defunct theater in Costa Mesa, CA, I was into it. My feet were moving back and forth in that easy, 1980s, break dance move that everybody knows and I was EXCITED. Then I watched the movie and at 10 years of age I am not 100% sure that I completely understood what was going on in the film. However, I saw it again, and again, and again and I guess that's why it still holds up for me today. Sure, it is cheesy, at times it makes no sense, and I even wonder some times what I get out of watching it. However, having never owned this movie on DVD before, I can emphatically say that I am happy I do now.

So if you don't already own Footloose on DVD, now is the time to pick it up.