Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5  
Dirty Dancing DVD (1987)

With a release date that's been postponed many times in the past year, expectations for this DVD of "Dirty Dancing" have been high. While the feeling of anti-climax is hard to avoid, fans should be pleased with what's on offer with this disc.

Picture quality is pretty good. It's a little soft and some darker scenes look slightly grainy, but it's not a bad transfer.

The 5.1 sound mix kicks in for the songs. That's fine because the moments that work in this film are the dance routines, so the all-new boosted music tracks only heighten the fun.

Extra features include an animated 'Learn to Dirty Dance' featurette that's worth a look after a few drinks. It offers you the option of either learning the role for the male or female dancer. Select the appropriate one, find yourself a lake, and then try to follow the animated feet that dance around on the screen.

Once you've collapsed into a tear-soaked heap at your inability to master dirty dancing, then check out the audio commentary with writer and co-producer Eleanor Bergstein. Fans will find it informative, especially as she explains how the dance routines were fitted into the film to keep the story moving. Given that the sequence of songs were worked out first and the movie then written around them, it's quite interesting to hear how this was all put together during the editing to produce such a popular hit movie.

Chapters: 20
Region: 2
Ratio: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, audio commentary with writer and co-producer Eleanor Bergstein, 'Learn to Dirty Dance' animated instructional featurette, cast and crew filmographies, trailer, animated menus, English subtitles for the hearing impaired.

End Credits

Director: Emile Ardolino

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein

Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Genre: Drama

Length: 96 minutes

Original: 1987

DVD: 2 July 2001

Country: USA