Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010) - Extended Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Family / Musical
Disney || NR - 104 minutes - $44.99 || September 7, 2010
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2010-09-12


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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: Paul Hoen
Writer(s): Karin Gist & Regina Hicks and Julie Brown & Paul Brown (characters); Dan Berendsen and Karin Gist & Regina Hicks (written by)
Cast: Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Rock-Along
  • Featurette
  • Music Videos
  • DVD Copy
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

When it comes to Disney made-for-television movies, you’re never sure what you will get and in the case of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, it basically was what I thought it would be: a ho-hum musical with only a couple catchy tunes amongst other songs that were either average or just plain awful.

It’s a year later and the guys and gals return to their favorite summer camp, Camp Rock where they look forward to a summer of jamming and reconnecting with friends. One of the reconnections is Camp Rock’s budding romance between Mitchie (DEMI LOVATO) and Shane (JOE JONAS) but as she eagerly anticipates actually going a real date with him, the relationship goes on the back-burner when Camp Rock owner Brown Cesario’s (DANIEL FATHERS) discovers his former band mate has opened his own rock summer camp across the lake called Camp Star, a glitzy place with high-tech stages and upscale, resort-like facilities; the rooms are air conditioned too! All things that will draw away Camp Rockers, including the councilors who get offered double their salary.

Dealt a low-blow but wanting to save the camp she so loves, Mitchie, after doing a catchy dance/song with the Camp Star singers (“It’s On”), she agrees to do a Final Jam and see who has the coolest camp... or something. But since the Camp Star singers have better production values and technological devices that blow Camp Rock out of the water. So, Mitchie must now get everyone together and work hard to beat them but in the process misses the point of Camp Rock.

That’s the basic premise and really, that’s all there is. It’s certainly a clichéd musical but what makes this different is that as much as the songs in other musicals tend to be forgettable, the ones in Camp Rock 2 are not only forgettable but a few are downright bad. To make my point, and this is certainly spoiler territory, but at the end during the final jam between Rock and Star (oh, NOW I get it!) we get a fun and flashy number by the Rock Star singers versus a far lamer song/number by the Camp Rockers. During this scene, audience members, also watching on television, text in their votes and quite honestly, I would have voted for the Camp Star group.

The cast is also uninspiring though I realize most are coming back from their original roles but outside of, surprisingly enough, the Jonas Brothers do their best impressions of Pippin and Merry from Lord of the Rings and play off of one another well enough. While Demi Lovato, who is cute enough and from what I’ve heard outside of the Camp Rock movies is a good singer, is charming although on the other hand the songs she sings are truly hideous through no fault of her own.

Camp Rock 2 was directed by apparently kid entertainment (The N and Disney) go-to guy Paul Hoen who has done a few episodes of “Jonas”, “South of Nowhere” and The Cheetah Girls: One World. Nothing particularly special about his style but during even the most mundane musical numbers he does bring some life to the shots.

Overall, the movie has a couple nice moments amongst some truly awful ones surrounded by musical numbers that I could not believe how bad they were and this is coming from a guy (me) who admits to not having good taste in music. I’m sure some tweeners will eat this up with a couple spoonful of sugar but I guarantee you that in a few years, to those who remember the film, won’t find it so much fun and Disney no doubt will just move on and produce more lazy-ass musicals that don’t offer anything challenging or new both in terms of music and plot.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Blu-ray comes with a glossy slip cover housing an HD Keep Case. The features on this set are rather lacking to say the least...

Rock-Along – You can jam-on with the cast while watching the movie. Yeah, no thank you.

“Getting to Know Camp Star’s Newest Stars” (5:44; HD) – This featurette is just cast member Alyson Stoner (Caitlyn) interviewing Chloe Bridges (Dana) and Matthew ‘Mdot’ Finley (Luke). It’s not a bad featurette as you do get to see audition tapes for Bridges and Finley otherwise you can skip it. ** Blu-ray Exclusives **

Music Videos from Around the World (TRT 16:25; HD) – Now you can watch music videos from France, Spain, Benelux, Germany and Italy as they sing songs from Camp Rock 2. My favorite was the French rendition of “I Won’t Back Down”. ** Blu-ray Exclusives **

BD-Live – Disney has also included a portal to their interactive features which I generally skip. ** Blu-ray Exclusives **

The set also contains a DVD Copy as well as the Digital Copy (** Blu-ray Exclusive **) which is compatible with iTunes and WMV.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Camp Rock 2 is presented with a 1.78 aspect ratio and in 1080p high-definition. For the most part the movie looks fine but I think because of the medium it was made for, the picture does look flat rather than something with robust colors popping off the screen. Detail levels were alright, though and overall it’s certainly a step up from most DVDs I’ve seen lately.

Equally disappointing is the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Again, kind of similar to the picture, there isn’t anything amazing about this lossless audio mix as the dialogue is rather flat yet still understandable. Where the track excels a little is during the musical performances in which the rear speakers pick up the pace as does the subwoofer, but overall it’s just a rather “OK” audio experience, reflective no doubt of the film’s original television medium.



.::OVERALL::.

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is hopefully indeed the FINAL movie as even as someone who can enjoy the occasional Disney musical every so often had a tough time getting through this one. The main cast has good chemistry and a few funny moments but overall I would just skip this release because there are a couple catchy tunes mixed in with several either average or awful songs.