The Breakin' Collection (2005) Harken back to a kinder, simpler time, when scores were settled not with a gun or a knife, but a viciously executed headspin. This collection…
DVD Review

The Breakin' Collection (2005)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Aug 16, 2005; DVD Release Date: Aug 16, 2005; Movie Rated: PG; With: Michael Chambers, Rae Dawn Chong, Lucinda Dickey and Adolfo Quinones

Harken back to a kinder, simpler time, when scores were settled not with a gun or a knife, but a viciously executed headspin. This collection features the three seminal break-dancing epics, Breakin', Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, and Beat Street. The bad news: All three discs are identical to the previously released editions. The good news? That means we still get to witness pregnant women pop-rocking in a maternity ward. (Not to mention Ice-T rapping with ski goggles around his neck.) Plus, at least we'll hear from Shabba-Doo and Boogaloo Shrimp on the bonus fourth disc ... EXTRAS ...or not. Instead of reflections from the casts, we're treated to an assortment of bland, new-school extras filmed at the 2004 B-Boy Summit, where modern-day breakers discuss the importance of battling (''It's like a boxing champion — if you got a title to defend, you must defend it''). There is one vintage break-off between the legendary Rock Steady and New York City Breakers crews...but it's the exact same one from Beat Street! As Shabba might say, that's kinda wack.

Originally posted Aug 12, 2005 Published in issue #834-835 Aug 19, 2005 Order article reprints