High School Musical (2006) - Remix Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Musical / Romance
Disney || NR - 98 minutes - $34.99 || February 17, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-09


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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

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Kenny Ortega
Writer(s): Peter Barsocchini (written by)
Cast: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Bart Johnson, Alyson Reed


Theatrical Release Date: December 5, 2006


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Sing Along Version of the Movie
  • Learning the Moves Featurette
  • 5 Music Videos
  • Dance Alongs
  • High School Reunion
  • Hollywood Premiere Event
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (PCM 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

(Synopsis Movie Review)

Having heard around the Net about this High School Musical, the hit Disney Original Movie Emmy winner, I decided to take a stab at this knowing I wouldn’t be watching Grease or other hit musicals. To that end, High School Musical is actually an OK made-for-TV flick filled with some catchy pop songs and decent acting from unknowns. What I also got from this movie, however, was the typical Disney cheese, especially at the end.

The story is about a high school basketball star (Efron) who meets a smart scholar chick (Hudgens) while on winter break. The two hit it off, reluctantly, after getting pushed into singing a karaoke duet. After the break, he returns to school and finds that she is a new transfer and though he has a passion for singing that he keeps from his teammates (before an upcoming championship game, of course) and signs up, along with Gabriella, for the starring role in the school’s new musical. This shakes up not only the entire student body, but a brother/sister team that has never lost a role.

High School Musical is certainly on the cheesy and predictable side, but for early teens -- and fans of shows like “Degrassi” or any Disney program -- this is an entertaining flick. Obviously I’m not in that demographic, yet I found it at least semi-entertaining. I can’t recommend this for others 18 on up, but for the Disney fans out there, you might be used to the material.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

You can watch the movie with karaoke subtitles for the song numbers, aka Sing Along, or the original movie. The Learning the Moves featurette where director Kenny Ortega shows the dance steps is skip-able outside for the young Disney watchers.

5 Music Videos: “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”, “Breaking Free Remix”, “We’re All in This Together Remix”, “Eres Tu” and the original “We’re All in This Together” song. I don’t find music videos as a valuable extra, but given the target audience, maybe they’ll enjoy it.

Hollywood Premiere (2:22) - The cast make their way on the red carpet celebrating the release of HSM on DVD (original). Basic sound bites from the main actors and other various celebrities who are fans of the movie.

A High School Reunion (5:35) - Clips from the cast’s world-wind promotional tour going on “Regis & Kelly” and “The Today Show” or accepting awards on the “Teen Choice Awards” mixed in with behind-the-scenes footage and the teens getting together to chat about their experience. Actually insightful for the uninformed about this uber-popular music flick.

Disney Channel Dance-Along (16:33) - The cast instruct you on how to do the dance moves on two songs. Needless to say, I didn’t bother trying...

Bringing it Together: The Making of High School Musical (8:40) - Basic ‘making-of’ featurette provides more talk from the cast and crew and also gives a glimpse at making the movie. Cast members chat on how kids can relate to the material and their experience of making this.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

High School Musical: Remix Edition is presented in 1.78:1 (AVC) on a 50GB Disc. I've never had a chance to check out the DVD version of this film, but it should be noted this is the only way to watch the film in Widescreen - the DVDs have all been 1.33:1. Overall it's pleasing to the eye - but the low budget clearly shines through. Colors are fairly vibrant but it only looks slightly better than an Up-converted DVD. The main selling point is being in Widescreen which could be considered a Special Features all by itself.

Disney has included a lossless 5.1 PCM Track (24-bit) and English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Considering this was planned to be released in 2007 but was delayed I'm not shocked to see a PCM track on this release. Still, the dialog sounds great and all the musical numbers come through just fine.



.::OVERALL::.

While I am not part of the age group the film is after, I still managed to enjoy parts of it and stayed through even the cheesy moments that a Disney film could not be without. The new Blu-ray boasts improved picture, high quality audio, identical special features... but the biggest thing of them all - Widescreen!