Step Up All In - Blu-ray Disc Review

Step Up All In Blu-ray Disc
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Step Up All In is the fifth in a series of films (Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Step Up Revolution) that follows a group of characters (some recurring) as they develop from amateur street dancers into a professional dance troupe.

For those have been following the Step Up franchise, several characters from previous chapters are featured or reunited (thus the "All In" portion of the title). This film is also the second film to be released on Blu-ray Disc with a Dolby Atmos-encoded soundtrack.

In theatrical release, Step Up All In turned in a very modest box office of about $15 million dollars. This leads to the question: Does Step Up All In deserve a spot in your Blu-ray Disc collection? Get some clues in my review.

Studio: Lionsgate

Running Time: 111 Minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Genre: Drama, Music, Romance

Director: Trish Sie

Story/Screenplay: John Swetnam, Duane Adler

Executive Producers: David Nicksay, Matt Smith

Discs: One 50 GB Blu-ray Disc (the package does not include a DVD version of the film)

Digital Copy: UltraViolet

Video Specifications: Video codec used - AVC MPEG4, Video resolution - 1080p, Aspect ratio 1.78:1 - Special features and supplements in various resolutions and aspect ratios.

Subtitles: English SDH, English, Spanish.

Bonus Features

Audio Commentary with Director Trish Sie and Actress Briana Evigan - Traditional running commentary on making the film through the personal perspective from both the director and leading lady.

All In With the Crew An overview of several pre-production aspects of the film, from its initial story concept and decisions regarding casting.

Dance Breakdown: Final Stage An analysis of the film's over-the-top dance finale, featuring a look at how it was conceived and executed.

Clap, Stomp, Slide: The Sounds of Battle A very interesting presentation of one of the key dance scenes with just sound effects (no music).

Ryan's Favorite Dance Scenes with Optional Commentary Lead actor Ryan Guzman presents several dance scenes and provides his own personal perspective.

The Vortex Dance Index You can skip the story and just watch all the dance numbers - a great way to show-off the Dolby Atmos or Dolby TrueHD soundtrack.

Deleted Scenes A collection of several scenes that were deleted or shortened from the final version of the film - includes some interesting extended dance scenes worth checking out.


In this chapter of the Step Up film series, the main character Sean (Ryan Guzman) travels from the humidity of Miami, Florida, to the sunny and dry streets of Los Angeles with his dance troupe "The Mob" in hopes of making it in the big time. However, it just isn't that easy. It is obvious that things are not going as planned and The Mob decides to return to their Miami home base, but Sean decides to stay.

After a time hanging out in LA with some new friends, Sean comes across some news that a high-stakes dance competition is going to be held at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, and the winner will get a three-year performance contract. Excited by this opportunity, Sean starts to assemble a new dance troupe LMNTRIX (pronounced Elementrix) and they are on the way to try their luck. However, there is a problem - Sean's former dance troupe The Mob has also entered the competition....

For more details on the story, view the official trailer and read a review of the theatrical presentation from Variety

Blu-ray Disc Presentation - Video

Visually, Step Up All In looks great - the colors are bright, and the set and costume details are excellent - good product design overall. Of course, Las Vegas is always colorful - especially at night, and Step Up All In does not disappoint. What is interesting to note is that the film was released theatrically in both 2D and 3D, but has not been released on 3D Blu-ray at this time. However, judging from the staging of the dance numbers, it looks like a 3D viewing experience would add the further visual enjoyment of the film.

Blu-ray Disc Presentation - Audio

Step Up All In features a soundtrack that emphasizes music over action, which definitely provides a different way to appreciate surround sound. In addition, what I found is not only was the music suitably immersive, but fine sonic details, such as the dancer's huffing and puffing, shoe/floor contact, and things such as beads, necklaces, and other props moving against clothing could easily be heard, definitely adding a "you are there" type of listening experience.

Step Up All In, is the second Blu-ray Disc title (and the first for Lionsgate) that contains a Dolby Atmos mix.

However, not all product reviewers have Dolby Atmos hardware yet (receivers, speakers) as those products are just now starting to filter into the market. Also, as the posting date of this review, the only the film that has released on Blu-ray featuring a Dolby Atmos soundtrack so far (in addition Step Up All In) is Transformers: Age of Extinction, with two more Dolby-Atmos Blu-ray, releases scheduled for 2014: the latest incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Expendables 3. However, a steady stream of Dolby Atmos-encoded Blu-ray Discs is expected throughout 2015.

However, all that being said, you don't need to have a Dolby Atmos setup or special Blu-ray Disc player to play this disc. The Dolby Atmos track is backward compatible with Dolby TrueHD. So, when you go into the Step Up All In audio setup menu - non-Dolby Atmos users just need to select the Dolby Atmos soundtrack and if a non-Dolby Atmos equipped home theater receiver is detected, a real time downmix to Dolby TrueHD 7.1 or 5.1 is applied. All of the directional, height, and ambiance information contained in the Dolby Atmos soundtrack is placed within a 7.1 or 5.1 channel framework (whichever is being used).

Also, if your home theater receiver does not provide Dolby TrueHD decoding, the soundtrack will further default to a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 channel mix.

However, taking the above into consideration, even if you do not have a Dolby Atmos setup, the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel downmix is very impressive in this film, especially with the staged dance segments - the dance showdown finale is especially impressive.

The downmix was still very immersive and spacious, with objects placed at points in space (pay close attention to the subtle sound effects in addition to the music) similar to a true Atmos mix, but lacking some of the location preciseness and, of course, some loss of the height channel experience (although the Dolby TrueHD downmix still produced a better-than-traditional "horizontal" 5.1 or 7.1 channel mix).

Final Take

The Step Up All In Blu-ray release is definitely a demo worthy disc (in terms of audio) that can show off the capabilities of your home theater audio system - However, if it weren't for Dolby sending the disc to review, I wouldn't have gone out of my way to purchase the disc.

However, despite shortcomings in story line and acting, I mildly enjoyed the film, and must say that the dance staging was excellent, and probably looks really good in 3D, but that version appears to only be available via the theatrical version - I have seen no mention of a Blu-ray 3D release of the film at this time.

To sum it all up: Demo quality audio (with or without Dolby Atmos)- The music and dance soundtrack is definitely more satisfying than the film's storyline and acting. I also want to point out that I have not seen any of the previous films in the Step Up series, so I can't say how it compares to the previous entries.

My opinion, mildly enjoyable film story and script-wise, with a very good visual look, excellent dance choreography, and impressive soundtrack.

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Components Used In This Review

Blu-ray Disc Players: OPPO BDP-103 and BDP-103.

Video Projector: Optoma GT1080 (on review loan)

Home Theater Receiver: Onkyo TX-SR705

Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System 1 (7.1 channels): 2 Klipsch F-2's, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center, 2 Polk R300s, Klipsch Synergy Sub10.

DISCLAIMER: Blu-ray Disc provided by Dolby Labs for Review Purposes.