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Jump In!
Freestyle Edition

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 85 Minutes

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $26.99

Features: Featurettes, Music Videos, Sneak Peaks

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Closed Captions, English Subtitles, Chapter Selection

Released: April 3rd, 2007

 

Like many Disney Channel TV films as of late, "Jump In!" was filmed in widescreen, but is being brought to DVD the way it was broadcast on the channel &emdash; 1.33:1 full screen. The transfer is pretty decent, but nothing special. There's a bit of noise on the transfer, and at times it looks pretty soft. But black levels are pretty good, detail is not bad and the colors are pretty vibrant and well-saturated &emdash; there's a lot on screen that definitely "pops" at you, which may owe to the film's attractive color scheme. Still, with a title like this, I don't think many of the viewers are hardcore videophiles.

 

The audio is a pretty bouncy English 5.1 Dolby Digital mix. It found it a little disappointing, in that sometimes the surround effects were a bit artificial. But when it comes to the dialogue and music, the track holds up really nicely. Dialogue is quite crisp, clear and centered; and the music passes through the channels with much aggression, and really kind of pumps the viewer up. It's pretty discrete and visceral, and the .1 LFE gets a few moments, so that's definitely nice. Pretty solid overall. Also included are English subtitles and English closed captions.

 

Who knows if there will be a re-release of this title in the future, but given its success as of Disney Channel's highest rated original movies, never say never. This "Freestyle Edition" has a few extras that are on the short side, probably meant to sustain the interest of its young audience with short attention span.

Even though it is divided into five parts, Learning The Moves lasts only a little over five minutes. The film's principal actors and double dutch trainer Chris Emerson guide viewers in the art of jumping rope. I won't lie, some of this stuff looks pretty tricky. But I think if viewers are really going to get the most out of this, they better have a large space in front of their TVs to practice.

Next up is Inside The Ropes: The Making Of Jump In! This lasts nearly seven minutes, and is your typical fluff - but that doesn't mean it's bad. The film's production is covered, from the actors and production team. Corbin Bleu talks about his role in the movie, as well as his training. There's a lot of on-the-set footage, and even rehearsal footage too. Rest assured, the kiddies will eat this up.

There's not much else really, other than two Music Videos: "Jumpin'" by Keke "Akeelah and The Bee" Palmer, and "Vertical" by T-Squad. Nothing too arty here, but again, the kids should enjoy this.

And of course, you get a ton of Disney Sneak Previews with the disc.

 

I'm beyond "Jump In!"'s target audience, but it's clear that young fans of this Disney Channel will probably want to own the DVD. For their folks buying it, it's a decent family investment: good transfer, pretty decent sound mix and some decent extras for its target audience at an okay price. If you know what you're getting into, then by all means, jump right in for a purchase.