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"The Cheetah Girls: One World" (Blu-ray)

movie-december-2008-cheetah-girls-one-world.jpgSynopsis

From the TV series on the Disney Channel, Chanel (Bailon), Dorinda (Bryan), and Aqua (Williams), who are the stars of the musical group "The Cheetah Girls", are cast in a musical in India ("Bollywood").

Once there, they are told that they will have to compete to see who gets to be the "Star" of the show.

Although the girls are already a big hit together as a group back home, this business of one of them being the top dog in the musical sets off a huge conflict that threatens to destroy their friendship, and maybe even the group.

 

 

Specifications

  • Walt Disney Studios
  • 2008, Color, Rated G, 1 Hr 28 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 Uncompressed PCM
  • Starring Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan, Kiely Williams
  • Directed by Paul Hoen
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
  • Video:
  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

With so many TV channels out there offering gratuitous  - and graphic - violence, and language that causes some embarrassment when you watch TV as a family, the Disney Channel is welcome relief. Although I am an action movie fan, once in a while I like to just sit through a relaxing story knowing that I won't be surprised by someone's head getting blown off.

Technical

It's getting harder and harder to detect whether TV programs are being shot on film or high def TV cameras because the image is so good now from studio HD cameras. Although the TV program is broadcast in DD sound, there is a soundtrack on the disc in uncompressed 48 kHz PCM, so the musical numbers will sound much better in your home theater than they did on the TV broadcast. This is nice because the disc contains some extended musical productions.

Extras

These include Cheetah Spots, Bloopers, a special featurette where viewers of the TV program were allowed to vote on what was put in there, and some music videos. The blooper reel is mostly giggles and not terribly funny. I guess they just didn't make any really embarrassing mistakes. The music videos are in standard definition for some reason. It really is time for all Blu-ray packages to contain material that is all in high definition. Not just the main feature.