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DVD Review: Boogie

June 14, 2021

By John Corrado

This is a review of the DVD release. For my full thoughts on the film itself, including my star rating, please read my original review right here.

On June 1st, Focus Features’ coming of age sports drama Boogie was released on DVD and Blu-ray. The film, which serves as the feature directorial debut of Eddie Huang, who produced the TV series Fresh Off the Boat, centres around Alfred “Boogie” Chin (Taylor Takahashi), a Taiwanese-American teen in Queens, New York who dreams of playing professional basketball.

The film was released in theatres and On Demand earlier this year, and I enjoyed it enough to give it a mild recommendation. While parts of it are clichéd, Huang’s screenplay also has some interesting thing to say about identity. And, despite looking a little old to play a teenager, Takahashi delivers a solid breakout performance in the title role.

Overall, Boogie is a fairly enjoyable basketball drama that is worth a look on DVD, especially if the cultural themes or sports angle are of interest to you.

Bonus Features (DVD):

I was sent the pretty bare bones DVD for review. The Blu-ray includes the same short bonus features but with the addition of a digital copy, not included here.

The Road to Boogie-Town (2 minutes, 32 seconds) This short promotional featurette mainly looks at Takahashi’s role in the film.

Eddie Huang: It’s Personal (2 minutes, 7 seconds) This brief pieces looks at Huang’s inspiration and intentions for the film.

Shout Out to Pop Smoke (1 minute, 20 seconds) A brief look at the late Pop Smoke’s supporting role in the film as a rival basketball player.

In-Theater Trailer (2 minutes, 16 seconds) This is more of a short featurette than a trailer, culled together from brief clips from the previous three featurettes.

Boogie is a Universal Pictures Home Entertainment release. It’s 90 minutes and rated 14A.

Street Date: June 1st, 2021

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