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MGM: Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, please!


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#1 of 23 OFFLINE   John Kilduff

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Posted October 31 2001 - 12:29 PM

To the MGM representative(s) on here:

In the early 80s, the breakdancing craze was at its peak. From coast-to-coast, people were popping, shocking and locking. Rap was ready to explode. To capitalize on it, Cannon Films released 2 movies:

BREAKIN'
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BREAKIN' 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO

These movies, though critically panned upon release, have grown throughout the years to become cult classics of the first order. With an 80s-nostalgia craze just beginning, I feel the time is nigh for you at MGM Home Entertainment to release these films in a Special Edition 2-Pack. When these movies were taken off the market, their collectibility value rose dramatically. People are literally paying upwards of 100 dollars to get their hands on used VHS copies of these films. It's time to restore them and get digital.

Ideas for possible extras:

-Commentary from Adolfo "Shabba-Doo" Quinones, Michael "Boogaloo Shrimp" Chambers, Lucinda Dickey and each movie's director
-A documentary on the history of breakdancing
-Deleted scenes
-Music videos
-The original theatrical trailers
-TV spots
-The K-Tel "How-to Breakdance" video
-Retrospective interviews
-In OAR with remastered sound

So, who's up for it?

Sincerely,

John Kilduff

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#2 of 23 OFFLINE   Esten

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Posted October 31 2001 - 01:40 PM

Pure cheese!

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#3 of 23 OFFLINE   Greg_S_H

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Posted October 31 2001 - 01:43 PM

I actually saw Breakin' 2 at the theater. Posted Image I'd probably check it out if it were available. Preferably as a Fox-style double feature.

#4 of 23 OFFLINE   Chris Kr

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Posted October 31 2001 - 03:05 PM

Let's have these movies!!! I'd buy them in a second!! Too bad it's an MGM title because we know that they will be crappy. Maybe you can change your reputation with a decent showing on these MGM.

#5 of 23 OFFLINE   Brian-W

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Posted November 01 2001 - 04:44 AM

I'll buy 5 copies of each !

Oh, I loved the soundtrack to Breakin' 2

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#6 of 23 OFFLINE   Jesse Skeen

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Posted November 01 2001 - 06:54 AM

I've got "Breakin" on CED videodisc! A DVD with this and Breakin' 2 would be great; I also need "Beat Street" since I can't find that on CED Posted Image
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#7 of 23 OFFLINE   Jesse Leonard

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Posted November 01 2001 - 10:20 AM

This would make a greate double-feature DVD!
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#8 of 23 OFFLINE   Mikah Cerucco

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Posted November 01 2001 - 04:26 PM

Breakin' was a MUCH superior movie to Breakin' 2, but a 2-Pack could work. The most incredible scene to me is when Boogaloo Shrimp is cleaning up outside the store with the broom. That moment is transcendent to me. Absolutely incredible break dancing. I remember Roger Ebert reviewing the first movie and not giving it the credit it deserves for the type of movie it is. He was really waiting on Beat Street, which came out later. When Beat Street finally came out, he said in that review that it made him appreciate Breakin' more. Now Beat Street is an OK movie in its own way (darker), but for pure Break Dancing fun, Breakin' is it.

You may get the movie (there may be music rights issues), but I doubt it'd be a SE treament. MGM rarely does it, and I don't think this would sell enough. There are music videos that could go with it as well. Ah well...
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#9 of 23 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

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Posted November 01 2001 - 05:13 PM

You need Breakin' 2 just because it's the genesis of the WHATEVER 2: Electric Boogaloo joke Posted Image

Oh, and Jean-Claude Van Damme commentary! You can see him in the background in Spandex bustin a move (badly) Posted Image

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#10 of 23 OFFLINE   Jeff Adkins

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Posted November 02 2001 - 09:33 AM

Beat Street is also owned by MGM. Personally, it's my favorite of the three.

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#11 of 23 OFFLINE   Brian-W

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Posted May 28 2002 - 09:02 AM

Update: Breakin' and Breakin'2 along with Beat Street are available in Region 2 U.K. Unfortunately they're fullscreen, but here's hoping they're bound for the States from MGM.

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#12 of 23 OFFLINE   Rob Caianiello

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Posted May 29 2002 - 12:32 AM

I would love to see Breakin', Beat Street and let's not forget Krush Groove.

#13 of 23 OFFLINE   Jodee

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Posted May 29 2002 - 10:09 AM

Sign me up for these guilty pleasures on DVD.

And if I recall correctly, Ebert gave a very positive review to Breakin 2. 3 stars, if I recall correctly. I believe he praised it's wholesome silliness.

#14 of 23 OFFLINE   Matthew H

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Posted May 29 2002 - 10:54 AM

I still remember watching these constantly on HBO back in the 80s. I'd buy these anyday! Posted Image
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Posted September 15 2002 - 03:12 PM

Two classics from my childhood! I'd love to see these pop up on DVD. Most likely MGM will put them out as a Double Feature disc.

#16 of 23 OFFLINE   Mikah Cerucco

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Posted September 16 2002 - 03:44 PM

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Jodee said: And if I recall correctly, Ebert gave a very positive review to Breakin 2. 3 stars, if I recall correctly. I believe he praised it's wholesome silliness.

Ebert was a little disappointed in Breakin' but by the time he reviewed Beat Street, he'd modified his opinion. I don't think he ever went back and updated the Breakin' review, but he said in the Beat Street review that he now appreciated Breakin' more than he originally did.
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#17 of 23 OFFLINE   Mark Edward Heuck

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Posted September 17 2002 - 08:18 PM

All the quickie, crazy Cannon music-themed films should be put out on double-feature DVD's! You could do:

BREAKIN/BREAKIN 2
SALSA/LAMBADA

only what to pair up Mario Van Peebles in RAPPIN' with?

BEAT STREET I think is good enough to merit a DVD all by itself.
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#18 of 23 OFFLINE   Mikah Cerucco

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Posted September 21 2002 - 04:22 AM

I don't own any double-feature DVD's. Do they put two DVD's in one package? I think Breakin' deserves its own RSDL disc to do justice to the soundtrack and video.

My favorite dancing of all time on video is Mikhail Barysnikov (sp?) (and Gregory Hines) in White Nights, but Boogaloo Shrimp with the broom outside the store ranks up there.
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#19 of 23 OFFLINE   Esten

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Posted September 21 2002 - 05:44 AM

Doesn't Warner own the rights to pre 1986 Orion titles? I believe both are.Posted Image

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Posted September 21 2002 - 07:55 AM

I don't own any double-feature DVD's. Do they put two DVD's in one package?


I think what they do is put both films on one double sided disc.

Doesn't Warner own the rights to pre 1986 Orion titles? I believe both are.


Both Breakin' films are Cannon releases.

EDIT: MGM owns the Orion library except for the Orion titles that were released through Warner. Those ones Warner does own.




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