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Movie Renter's Guide - February, 2009

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"High School Musical 3: Senior Year" (Blu-ray); "High School Musical Remix" (Blu-ray)

movie-february-2009-high-school-musical.jpgSynopsis

The series follows some kids at East High School and all the competition therein. In this case, the focus is on Troy Bolton (Efron) and Gabriella Montez (Hudgens) in their senior year, getting ready for college which will separate them.

Everyone decides to have a musical production as a final farewell, and both Troy and Gabriella want the leading roles. This causes a problem in the social order of the high school, because Troy is a member of the "Jocks" (The Wildcats), and Gabriella is one of the "Brainiacs".

So, everyone has to adjust in order to pull the whole thing off without friction. And, as if you didn't already know, "Friction" is a cornerstone of high school student interaction.

In Remix, there is a similar theme, except Troy has to balance his role as a player on the basketball team in a big game with the work that has to be put into the new musical production.

All, in all, though, the whole thing is one big party with lots of music and dance numbers, and is enjoyable only in a way that Disney can make it happen.

 

 

Specifications

  • Walt Disney
  • 2008, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 57 min, 1 Hr 52 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD; 5.1 DD
  • Starring Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel
  • Directed by Kenny Ortega
    Rating
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

The original made for TV, High School Musical was shown on the Disney Channel in January, 2006, and turned out to have the highest ratings of any Disney Channel original movie up until that time. So, of course, sequels were made. They are now up to Part 3 and Remix. I suspect more are on the way.

Technical

The image is quite sharp, but not much use of the surround channels in Part 3, compared to Remix, which has much more of a surround sound envelopment.

Extras

There are plenty of extras here, especially in the three-disc version of Part 3, which also contains the SD DVD version of the movie. These include Cast Profiles, Cast Goodbyes, Deleted Scenes, Bloopers, Sing-Along, The Making of, Close-up of Rehearsal, The Hollywood Premiere, Disney Channel Dance-Alongs, Sing Along with the Movie, and five music videos. Part 3 is BD-Live. These extras are as entertaining as the movies and are well worth checking out. Note that coincidentally, Walt Disney's "High School Musical On Ice" is currently on tour.