It's generally pretty hard to justify a remake or sequel, other than for making money, unless it can be better or add substantially to the original. However, that said, the original "FAME" from 1980, was so dull, overly hyped, and spawned a horrible(albeit, successful)tv series, that as flawed as the 2009 remake of "FAME" is, it's much better than the original.
The remake, like the original, follows several students and their trials and tribulations at the famous, highly competitive NYC performing arts High School, only now it's updated for the MTV/American Idol type of audience. There's a great pianist, Denise, harboring her true desire to perform R&B. Neil, An aspiring filmmaker, filming his experiences on camcorder, only to learn a tough lesson about sharks in the industry eagerly awaiting to eat and spit out whoever they can. Kevin, is a dancer whom the stars aren't aligned for. And, so on. While the opening to "FAME," highlighting the rigorous audition process, feels more authentic than the AMERICAN IDOL auditions, the bulk of the film sinks under its own weight, focusing on too many characters, without ever really developing them, other than in superficial ways. As a drama, there's not anything here that hasn't been done better on countless teen-oriented network-fare(GOSSIP GIRL,etc), however, the dance numbers are really great! These musical sequences are totally improbable, but at least they have offer more energy and slightly more realism than the kids jumping atop cars in the original film.
"FAME" is also a generally clean film, eschewing the most controversial, still unrealistic moments of the original. So, it's more suitable for the entire family to enjoy, without any worries. Kids in the 13-17 range should enjoy it, as well as parents. And, younger kids will certainly be entertained without any potential trauma or discussions to follow before bedtime!
FOX has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. Colors are rich and vibrant, other than in some intentionally dark, stylized moments. Detail varies, depending on the given scene, sometimes being lost in shadow. However, the majority of the film offers terrific depth and inky blacks. A very good transfer, overall, but short of great.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is outstanding! This is an extremely immersive soundmix, with flawless dynamic range. Minor nuances, of students footsteps, are perfectly balanced with the surround effects of traffic, and the deep bass accompanying the musical numbers. Dialogue is never lost, regardless of the layers of music and effects surrounding it. A REFERENCE QUALITY MIX!
Plenty of extras are provided. Both the theatrical and extended edition are offered, with the extended cut giving about 15 minutes of extra dance numbers.
DELETED SCENES run short of 20 minutes(1080p), and are mostly downers due to the intentionally depressing outcomes associated with them.
A music video, using clips of the film is provided(1080p)
Character profiles(1080i) offers short video descriptions of the main characters.