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TV Rating: G
Running Time: 111 minutes
Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Mark L. Taylor, Bart Johnson, Robert Curtis Brown, Jessica Tuck, Alyson Reed, Christopher Warren Jr. Ryne Sanborn, Olesya Rulin, Kaycee Stroh, Tanya Chisholm
Written by: Peter Barsocchini
Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Bloopers, Exclusive Scene, Music Videos, Rehearsal Cam, Sing-Along Track, Karaoke Track
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Scene Selection (20 Scenes)
Released: December 11th, 2007
Just as it aired on The Disney Channel, "High School Musical 2" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. (Though if you're an adult fan, you might be happy to know that the movie is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen on Blu-Ray disc.) This isn't a perfect transfer, but then again, I don't think the kids will care. Contrast is turned way up here, resulting in lots of noise that is quite distracting. Everything else is merely adaquete, including detail and fleshtones. Color saturation is a bit better than those elements, but not by much. The movie has a bland brightness, but only here and there do the colors pop out. Overall, this is a watchable and good transfer - but nothing quite glorious. And again I ask: will a single child notice or even care about any of this?
have to say, the English Dolby Digital 5.1 track was much more flat
than I was expecting. The movie's key selling point is the music, and
it seems like for the most part, all the songs were mixed on an even
level. I didn't detect a lot of aggressiveness or bounce within the
songs, as a lot of the music's power came from the front channels. I
felt like a lot of the musical elements in the songs weren't divided
well enough between the channels, and that everything sorta mismashed
together. Maybe it's all because this is how the iPod generation is
used to the songs already?
Not too much. There's a 4 minutes worth of Bloopers, which are really just line-flubs or choreography that doesn't pan out. There's the Exclusive Scene, which is a cringeworthy musical number that was thankfully cut. Also on board are four Music Videos,
all from different regions: two are of "You Are The Music In Me" - one
for the USA and the other for Mexico, and there are Canadian-English
and Canadian-French versions of "Gotta Go My Own Way." This is a great
way to see young talent in other countries being exploited.
"High School Musical 2" is critic-proof, even from someone like me. (Shocking, I know.) I'm sure as I write this that the DVD has already sold millions, and as a whole, this disc is nothing extraordinary: the presentation is pretty decent, and the bonus features are fluff. Basically, the target market of this movie should be thrilled with what's here, and I'm sure they'll be even more thrilled when another DVD edition of the movie gets released down the line. Too bad Mom and Dad won't have the same enthusiasm when they come to the realization they'll be buying the same movie twice.