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Camp Rock

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV-G

Running Time: 98 Minutes

Starring: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Meghan Jette Martin, Maria Canals Barrera, Alyson Stoner, Julie Brown, Daniel Fathers, Anna Maria Perez DeTagle, Jasmine Richards, Jordan Francis, Roshohn Fegan, with Kevin Jonas and Nick Jonas

Written by: Karin Gist & Regina Hicks and Julie Brown & Paul Brown

Directed by: Matthew Diamond

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: How To Be A Rock Star, Jonas Brothers: Real Life Rock Stars, Introducing Demo Lovato, Camp Memories, "Hasta La Vista" - From Rehearsals To Final Jam, "Too Cool": Setting The Scene, Music Videos, Sing-Along To The Film, Karaoke

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Scene Selection (13 Chapters)

Released: August 19th, 2008

 

 

"Camp Rock" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen (if you want to see the telemovie in its widescreen glory, go for the Blu-ray version if that's an option). It's an above-average transfer, which seems to bend toward the soft side. The image is also a little grainy, but otherwise, things are pretty good here. Fleshtones are nice, and colors - while not particularly vibrant - are well saturated, and detail is good as well. The transfer is also very clean, with nary a hint of blemishes or dirt pieces. More than suitable, even if the kids won't really care about the quality. 

 

"Camp Rock" is presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1, and it's a pretty durable mix. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, and surround effects are pretty discrete - even if at times they sound a bit too artificial (such as background crowds). Of course, the real appeal are the pop songs, which are mixed sturdily, and a bit even-handendly, through the channels - but bring a warm presence nonetheless and captures the "essence" of the slick production behind the tunes. Dynamics are pretty strong on this track, and bass levels are pretty deep. What's here should be enough to enthrall viewers of the film, so rock on!

An English subtitles track is also included. 

 




All you girls and boys who can't get enough of the Jonas Brothers will be in seventh heaven with the extras. How To Be A Rock Star is a G-rated "guide" in how you can achieve superstardom like the Jonas Brothers, as discussed by the cast and crew. Over the course of 28 minutes, you'll learn how to dress, dance, sing and behave like a rock star... only to discover, at heart, we're all rock stars! Yay! Maybe on the "Camp Rock 2" DVD Disney will include a sequel to this feature, such as how to avoid TMZ like a rock star and how to survive rehab like a rock star. (I joke, I joke...)

Jonas Brothers: Real Life Rock Stars is nearly 16 minutes worth of Joe, Nick and Kevin discussing their early dreams of becoming musicians and reaching their goals. The featurette gives an overview of their lives, in some sense: filming the movie (with plenty of footage from the set), touring, being role models and other sorts of responsibilities. People can say what they want about the Jonases, but I will say they at least seem pretty humble and grounded for teen idols, not to mention take music seriously.

But wait! The Jonases aren't the only ones in the movie! "Camp Rock" also serves as a launching pad for another rising teen starlet, who we meet in Introducing Demi Lovato. Through the course of 5 minutes and 40 seconds, we learn that Lovato loves to sing and is thrilled to be part of the Disney machine. That's it.

Camp Memories is a photo gallery of pictures taken by the cast and crew during production. "Hasta La Vista" - From Rehearsals To Final Jam is a 5 minute look in how a dance sequence in the movie came together, while "Too Cool": Setting The Scene focuses on how the set for a song number during the talent show sequence came together.

In the "Music and More" section you'll find two Music Videos, plus a Sing Along With The Movie feature and even Karaoke.
 
 

"Camp Rock" is your typical Disney Channel movie aimed at the tween set: appealing young stars, manufactured pop music, some sort of lesson, etc. But this DVD, if anything, is an advertisement for the film's stars: the Jonas Brothers. Of course I did not expect this DVD to be anything less than a cash cow, let alone a marketing tool for the Brothers, who of course, are signed to Disney's music label and have just launched a major album. But I'm sure the target market won't mind at all, since they love this brand. And for what it's worth, the actual film sports a good transfer and solid 5.1 mix. If you're a parent who's child worships the Disney Channel, then I can guarantee this disc is probably in your family player right at this moment.