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Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part I

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"High School Musical 2" (Blu-ray)

High School Musical 2Synopsis

The East High Wildcats are gearing up for big fun as they land the coolest summer jobs imaginable. Troy, Gabriella, Chad, and Taylor have scored sweet gigs at the Lava Springs Country Club owned by Sharpay and Ryan's family. Sharpay's first rule of business: Get Troy. As Troy experiences a life of privilege he's never known, will he give up the Wildcats and Gabriella to rise to the top?

Specifications

    • Walt Disney
      2007, Color, Rated TV G, 1 hr 51 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • 1080p
    • English PCM 5.1
    • English/French/Spanish DD 5.1
    • Directed by Kenny Ortega
    • Starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I think it's safe to say that this film was definitely not made for someone like me. If I had a pre-teen daughter maybe, but not for a guy in his thirties. This bubble gum piece is pretty brainless, and the plot moves along just enough to get to the next musical number. It isn't horrible, but it isn't anything I'd watch again, unless I lost a bet. If your kids are in to it, pick it up and support the format. If not, I'd skip past it on the shelf.

Technical

My four-year-old daughter watches a lot of Playhouse Disney, and I generally like their shows. Disney is big on bright colors, and this movie is in line with everything else I've seen on that channel. Detail is quite good, with fine object visibility coming off as gorgeous. Longer shots don't fare quite as well though, and some backgrounds look almost artificial compared to the foreground. Colors are overdriven a bit and some bleeding is noticed. I never thought pinks and oranges could look this "poppy" but somehow Disney has managed it. Really this is a great looking HD presentation, I just don't know why you'd want to watch it!

The PCM 5.1 soundtrack is more than this one deserves. I didn't like the musical numbers (though my in-laws did!), but they do a great job of filling the soundstage. Dynamics are good, but not reference.

You can tell this was done as a TV movie and not a theatrical presentation. Dialogue sounds natural enough and is integrated with the rest of the soundtrack pretty well. For what it is, it sounds fine.

Extras

Disney has included some pretty solid extras for a family release like this. There is a karaoke sing along track that will probably have your daughters loving you, extended scenes and production features. While not much the extras are geared to who would like this film the most, the younger crowd.