Camp Rock (2008) - Extended Rock Star Edition [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Musical
Disney || G - 98 minutes - $34.99 || August 19, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-08-14


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Matthew Diamond
Writer(s): Karin Gist & Regina Hicks and Julie Brown & Paul Brown (written by)
Cast: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Meaghan Jette Martin, Maria Canals-Barrera, Alyson Stoner


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Camp Rock Set Tours (BD Exclusive)
  • How To Be a Rock Star!
  • Jonas Brothers: Real-Life Rock Stars
  • Introducing Demi Lovato
  • Camp Memories
  • "Hasta La Vista": From Rehearsal to Final Jam
  • Too Cool: Setting the Scene
  • Sing Along with the Movie
  • Camp Karaoke Music Video
  • Music Videos
  • Easter Egg


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (PCM 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Camp Rock tends to borrow its plot from so many Disney films before that it appears they took all the clichťd characters and events and threw in a High School Musical twist to make it appeal to kids. Does it work? Yeah, it actually does. While the entire storyline is nothing new (poor girl, rich girl, outcasts, singing etc.), itís still one of the better Disney Channel Movies in the past few years (yes, Iíve seen most of them) even with the poor acting and obvious fake moments.

Mitchie (Demi Lovato) wants to go to the summer camp called Camp Rock, but her parents simply can't afford it. Luckily for her, her mother gets a job there as the school cook and gets to attend at a discounted rate as long as she helps out in the kitchen (Cinderella?). While there, she quickly makes friends with the films antagonist Tess (Meaghan Jette Martin) - who realizes that she is a better singer then her so she doesn't want Mitchie to outshine her and win the award at the end of camp.

Wait a second, I forgot to mention the best part of Camp Rock that Disney made sure everyone knew about - the Jonas Brothers are in the film!!!! Yes, if the cover art didn't give it away, the Jonas Brothers are a part of the film and you will soon find yourself with the realization that this film is just another way to push Disney merchandise down young kids throats. Anyway, Joe Jonas is the one who is in most of the film as the 'rebel' who went to Camp Rock years before and made it big - and then screwed up his life and walked out on his band mates. They force him to go back to Camp Rock to garner some good PR and while there, he quickly falls for Mitchie and by the end of the film becomes a better person.

I can't really say that many good things about the film as the acting is pretty bad. The mean girl Tess is not very believable and she turns into a "good" girl a little too quickly (but expected for a Disney film). Joe Jonas may be great at being a Jonas Brother, but alone he's not much. His acting skills are sub-par and he is in no way believable as the films "bad boy". Demi is actually the shining part of the film as she has a great voice and her acting is pretty good for a Disney film.

The film introduces Demi Lovato - Disney's new 'it' girl that will hopefully replace Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) one day. With all the trouble Miley has been getting into these days (Vanity Fair photo shoot, YouTube videos etc.), Disney is looking to bring another new star in and create a Disney girl much like Hilary Duff before Miley in a attempt to push more Disney TV Shows, Movies and merchandise down our throats. Demi already has secured her own TV show (Welcome to Mollyworld) but the question remains... will she be bigger than Miley or Hilary? That has yet to be seen, but don't worry, Camp Rock 2 is just around the corner...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are Presented in HD.

Camp Rock Set Tours (6:30) - A backstage look at Camp Rock...which is pretty boring to be honest. They make it cool by having a small counter at the bottom of the feature every time Joe (!!!!) Jonas shows up. Blu-ray Exclusive!

How to Be A Rock Star! (27:51) - The meatiest portion of the disc is broken up into 7 different sections (you can play all) which has the cast and crew discussing how to...become a rock star. These remind me of those little bumpers between episodes of Disney shows where random actors talk about being an actor. Kids will love this.

Jonas Brothers: Real-Life Rock Stars (15:47) - If you like the Jonas Brother you'll simply love this features. Itís like a mini-documentary on how they got formed and their practice routines.

Introducing Demi Lovato (5:39) - A short piece that introduces Demi and gives a little bit of behind the scenes information.

Camp Memories (5:47) - Umm, this is a slideshow gallery that shows some random pictures of the cast acting goofy.

"Hasta La Vista": From Rehearsal to Final Jam (4:55) - A behind the scenes look at the rehearsals for the Hasta La Vista song.

Too Cool: Setting the Scene (3:34) - A look at creating the campfire scene in the film. This is actually a pretty cool featurette and the song is....catchy.

Sing Along with the Movie - This mode allows you to, well, sing along with the film. Lyrics appear on screen and you can sing your heart out.

Camp Karoke Music Video - You want to choose from 6 different songs to sing? Well then, this mode is for you!

Also included are some Music Videos... perfect for the young Disney audience who will eat up this release and a short easter egg in the Music Video part of the disc (keep pressing down until you see a Pink Guitar).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Camp Rock is presented in 1.78:1 (AVC/MPEG4) on a 50GB disc. Picture quality is miles ahead as what was shown on the Disney Channel, but for Blu-ray standards a bit too soft and inconsistent. Colors are not very rich and blacks are hardly present. The whole movie to me felt like watching the DVD version upconverted which is not a good thing. I understand Disney is trying to dig into the kid audience on Blu-ray due to the lack of children's films, but why not release High School Musical instead?

Disney has included an Uncompressed 5.1 PCM track for this release which has its moments. With a film that is so music oriented was expecting a bit more from the track but what I got what not all that bad. Music sequences sound great (as they should) with strong bass and dialog is clear. However when there are no songs on screen, rear speakers may have an occasional bird chirping or very subtle sounds. Given it is a film made for the Disney Channel itís not that bad.



.::OVERALL::.

Camp Rock is not a great film, but for Disney Channel standards itís pretty good. Sure the acting may be bad and the music not that great, but most children could care less about those things because it has the Jonas Brothers and singing like High School Musical - that's all they want anyway. If you have kids this purchase will probably be a no-brainer and with loads of extras it will keep them occupied until High School Musical 3 hits theaters and they force you to go see it with them. Four times.