Friday, October 29, 2004

Beat out on that rhythm on the........hubcap?

Review for “Stomp Out Loud”

Is food musical? Can regular household items become full of life with bountiful rhythms? What about scrap metal, can it be a musical instrument? Do keys, basketballs, and brooms have the potential to rival the triangle, timpani and glockenspiel? After seeing Stomp Out Loud I believe that you can make music with everything and the kitchen sink.

The DVD Stomp Out Loud is one that I enjoyed greatly. The special features in the beginning are one aspect that makes this DVD so enjoyable. In the special features there are six categories: general information and timeline, directors and cast, photo gallery, filmography, making of Stomp Out Loud, and awards. You should check out these special features, because they give you an excellent history of Stomp and some of its predecessors. Though there are not many pictures in the photo gallery and the cast does not have their biographies posted, I truly enjoyed viewing the special features that were on this DVD.

After seeing the many great accomplishments and awards this show has earned, I was ready to watch the actual show. During the first five minutes, I knew that Stomp Out Loud was going to be amazing. The first scene began with six people suspended from what used to be a billboard, swaying back and forth very rhythmically. On this billboard were scrap metal, hubcaps, street signs, pipes, and a plethora of other metal and plastic objects just waiting to be pounded upon. This was not your average toddler pot and pan banging though; rhythms flourished amazingly throughout the introduction. It was at this point that I realized why this show received the many awards that it did. These wonderful rhythms continued throughout the entire show.

One scene that particularly peaked my interest was the one in the kitchen. Knives were chopping furiously, dishes were clashing, pots were clanging, and pans were clanging. The most interesting instrument in this scene would have to be the blender. All were arranged to create rhythms (that were worthy of dancing). Near the end of the scene the rhythms died down into a soft whisper.

Each scene seemed to fit into one another like a crossword puzzle; each scene’s ending revealed an aspect of the next scene. The transition from scene to scene was seamless. There was never a time where nothing interesting was going on. Other scenes that may tickle your taste buds include a different assortment of “percussion” instruments such as basketballs, push brooms, buckets and poles.

There is a great amount of entertainment value in this DVD. Every scene has wonderful choreography that is visually stimulating and the multi-layered rhythms will make your ears ready to hear more. Overall, I was very impressed with this performance and hope more will come. I highly recommend renting or even buying this DVD because it would be an amazing addition to anyone’s movie collection.