Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
The cover for Stomp the Yard Homecoming is pretty generic, and has a bit too much of a Photoshop feel to it. We get a scene made up of the main characters all posing mid-step for the cover, but kind of layered on top of each other. It is not horrible, but it is a bit fake for me, and it could have been better laid out. The menu is basically the same shot as the cover, and is static.
- Featurette – The featurette that is referred to here is an in-depth look at the choreography of the movie, which in itself is very impressive. They discuss the evolution of the second Stomp the Yard movie dance moves, and how the main characters had to train as they would in a fraternity to get the dance moves to look real and natural. A pretty decent little extra in my opinion.
- Deleted Scenes – We get some very unneeded deleted scenes on this DVD as extras.
- Commentary – Finally we get a so-so commentary that features the main players in the movie.
The Movie: 4/10
The second in the Stomp the Yard Series, Homecoming features Collins Pennie as Chance, a new member of the Theta Nu fraternity at southern Truth University. Chance is a college student and dancer who has recently lost a bet on a street dance competition to a group of thugs, for big money. His return to Truth sees him excited to feature in a national Step competition against a rival fraternity for top honors. Chance is sure that the Theta Nu’s need to change up their tired routines in order to win the national competition, and the friction between the upperclassmen is just one of Chance’s issues, as he deals with a new girlfriend, and ex who seems to not relish being an ex, as well as Chance’s father, who pushes Chance to excel at every turn.
Stomp the Yard Homecoming is one of those movies that seems to rely on forced drama to try to amp up the tension, when instead, it just makes the acting and story drag. The dance moves in the second installment are quite well done, and they give a glimpse into the type of Step routines that are such an integral part of many of the African-American fraternities. The dance moves are unfortunately not enough to make this mediocre movie shine, and while the whole thing kind of has an 8 Mile type of vibe (you know who is going to win in the end) the movie itself is just not that great.
The soundtrack was strong, and like I mentioned, the dance moves were pretty good. I have not seen a step competition (more like presentation) since the mid 1990’s, and it was cool to see this type of routine. The movie is just too predictable and the end result is not what it could have been. Fans of the first movie may well overlook some of the movie’s shortcomings, but I have to say I was not overly impressed.
Audio & Video: 7/10
The video for Stomp the yard Homecoming, on regular DVD, was very crisp and colorful. I was impressed, especially given the cover and menu quality. the video was presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, and the DTS 5.1 Surround Sound was very well done as well. The dialogue was mixed nicely with a booming soundtrack.
Stomp the Yard Homecoming may very well be a big hit with fans of the original, but the overall story and acting was just not all that great. The DVD looked and sounded very nice, but overall this was just a ho-hum kind of movie, along the same lines as the Bring it On series for me. I was just not overly impressed, even thought the stepping was quite well done. The fake drama was just a bit too much for me, and the overall effect was not all that great.
Overall Score 4/10