Saturday, 13 August 2011

Footloose Trailer; holding out for a decent remake..?

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Am I the only one who finds it weird when the full theatrical trailer for a film is shorter than the teaser trailer? Well here it is time to get Footloose as the remake prepares for a chorus of boos from those old enough to be attached to the original and who knows what from those young enough to either not know it’s a remake, or to give a monkey’s that is anyway.

Original Movie poster

Now the problem is that the original is one of those films that was a big hit when it came out and hence holds a lot of nostalgic and sentimental value to millions of fans. However the film itself isn’t necessarily considered that great from a quality point of view. So does the remake add to the quality issues, critics and non fans, would have with the first film, and hence be a better film, a film that will be well reviewed, or will it just be the same film in a new setting? Same film, new setting will mean it is likely to be poorly received by the 80e generation as an inferior remake and without that mysterious driving force that made the original a hit, will it fade into obscurity and poor box office?

One of the drivers behind the original’s success is without a doubt the film’s soundtrack. It was huge, as an album it was number one in several countries (including a 10 week stretch in America) and spawned several top 10 and number 1 hits around the world, including the theme song, Let’s Hear it for The Boy & (eventually) Holding out for a Hero. Four of the songs from the original soundtrack have also been remade (another tirade is imminent I suspect) and you can see who is singing the new versions of those songs from the track listings of both albums below. There’s also a chance to hear snippets from the original version below.

Here’s a full track list for the new soundtrack

1. Footloose                                                Blake Shelton
2. Where The River Goes                            Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band
3. Little Lovin’                                             Lissie
4. Holding Out For A Hero                          Ella Mae Bowen
5. Let’s Hear It For The Boy                       Jana Kramer
6. So Sorry Mama                                       Whitney Duncan
7. Fake I.D.                                                 Big & Rich feat. Gretchen Wilson
8. Almost Paradise                                       Victoria Justice & Hunter Hayes
9. Walkin’ Blues                                           Cee Lo Green feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd
10. Window Paine                                        The Smashing Pumpkins
11. Suicide Eyes                                            A Thousand Horses
12. Dance The Night Away                            David Banner

Original 1984 soundtrack

1. Footloose                                                   Kenny Loggins           
2. Let’s Hear It for the Boy                            Deniece Williams     
3. Almost Paradise                                         Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
4. Holding Out for a Hero                              Bonnie Tyler 
5. Dancing In the Sheets                                Shalamar       
6. I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)              Kenny Loggins           
7. Somebody’s Eyes                                      Karla Bonoff 
8. The Girl Gets Around                                 Sammy Hagar           
9. Never                                                        Moving Pictures

Have a listen and see what you think of the originals...

So are you holding out for a fantastic remake or trembling at fears of an inferior copy? Me I have no issues with remakes over the issues I have with any other films. No matter the source the film either needs to be good or it needs to be entertaining (they are not always the same thing)

Credit to this new trailer for focusing less on the energy (although there’s plenty of cut scenes to dancing) and more on the drama.


“Writer/Director Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow," "Black Snake Moan") delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film, "Footloose." Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process.”

Theatrical trailer for Footloose 2011...

International release dates...

North America

United States - 14 Oct 11

Latin America

Argentina -15 Dec 11, Brazil - 25 Nov 11, Chile - 05 Jan 12, Colombia-16 Dec 11,Mexico-28 Oct 11, Panama-25 Nov 11, Peru-05 Jan 11, Venezuela-TBD

Middle East / Africa

Egypt-26 Oct 11, Israel-TBD, Lebanon-27 Oct 11, South Africa-20 Oct 11, United Arab Emirates-27 Oct 11,

Asia Pacific

Australia-06 Oct 11,Hong Kong-02 Feb 11, India-TBD, Indonesia-TBD, Japan-TBD, Korea-26 Jan 12, Singapore-27 Oct 11, Malaysia-05 Jan 11,New Zealand-06 Oct 11, Philippines-01 Feb 12,Taiwan-03 Dec 11, Thailand-24 Nov 11


Austria-21 Oct 11, Belgium-02 Nov 11, Croatia-TBD, Cyprus-28 Oct 11, Czech Republic / Slovakia-TBD, Denmark-13 Oct 11, Finland-28 Oct 11, France-21 Dec 11, Germany-20 Oct 11, Greece-TBD, Hungary-TBD, Iceland-14 Oct 11, Ireland-14 Oct 11, Italy-03 Feb 12
Netherlands-13 Oct 11, Norway-28 Oct 11, Poland-28 Oct 11, Portugal-13 Oct 11, Romania-TBD, Russia-TBD, Serbia & Montenegro-TBD, Slovenia-TBD, Spain-04 Nov 11, Sweden-28 Oct 11
Switzerland-French-12 Oct 11, Switzerland-German-13 Oct 11, Switzerland-Italian-03 Feb 12, Turkey-TBD, Ukraine-TBD, United Kingdom-14 Oct 11

Trailer for the original...

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