High School Musical 2 (2007) - Extended Edition

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Musical
Disney || G - 111 minutes - $29.99 || December 11, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-12-10


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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

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

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


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Exclusive Music Scene
  • Sing Along Feature
  • Rehearsal Cam
  • High School Karaoke
  • Music Videos


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

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High School Musical 2 takes up where the last ended after Troy (Efron) and Gabriella (Hudgens) got together and overcame the cliques and Sharpay (Tisdale) especially, and performed for their winter show.

It’s now summertime and the kids of East High need jobs. Troy manages to get his classmates positions at a prestigious country club, a club owned by the conniving Sharpay who still wants to get her hands on so-called hunk, Troy, which means she must show him what he could become as he thinks about his future after East High. This also means causing more turmoil between Troy and Gabriella. The core cast back this second time around are all good in terms of this Grease-like setting. The two leads played by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are certainly cute and likeable while Ashley Tisdale plays the same one-dimensional character. They’re your typical Disney actors, bubbly personalities that will thrill the core audience.

The songs featured are well done with Broadway choreography. All the songs are quite catchy and you can’t help but tap your foot to some of them, but if you’re over the age of 20, how much of it you can take depends on how many musicals you’ve seen. Personally, I’ve seen maybe three so far (Grease, HSM and now HSM2) so I’m used to it, but you won’t see me buying the soundtrack anytime soon...

HSM2 is basically a rehash of the original sans the high school setting. There are new catchy songs and the cast are once again having fun, but beyond that, I’m not sure why anyone over the age of 18 needs to see this.

Now, this isn’t a bad movie and it’s nice to see something that anyone can see without the gratuitous sexual dialogue or other material that sometimes leaves anyone under the age of 10 out of the loop. The entire family can sit down and probably enjoy this, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But when you compare it to the hit original (which came out only last year), it doesn’t break new ground. Yes, I know this is still Hollywood and when you find a formula that works, especially when it’s a musical, why not go back to the well?

Taken at face value, High School Musical 2 is fine for those in the teen and under age group, otherwise you’re getting more of the same as the original so you might as well save yourself two hours.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Bloopers (4:11) – A compilation of flubbed lines are included. Fun times abound.

“Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” Exclusive Scene (5:11) – Unless I’m missing something this music scene was already included. I guess if someone absolutely loved this song, they can play it over and over without having to look for it in the movie itself.

Rehearsal Cam (35:48) – You can watch behind-the-scenes as the cast practices the musical numbers. It begins with an introduction from HSM2 director/choreographer Kenny Ortega and is followed by the extensive rehearsals. You have a “Play All” option as well as being able to see the final number as seen in the movie.

The other features that might interest fans are four music videos, sing along with the movie (for 12 songs) and you also can turn on the High School Karaoke Lyrics. Also available is a sneak peek at Disney’s new animated comedy series, “Phineas and Ferb” which features the voice talent of Ashley Tisdale.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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For some odd reason, even though the show aired in widescreen (and is available in that format on Blu Ray), the regular DVD is presented in full screen. Based on the framing, though, I think it was matted widescreen so you won’t be missing anything. With that out of the way, the picture itself looks good with some vibrant colors and looks crisp and clean.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track produces the musical numbers through my surround sound very nicely while still allowing any dialogue to come through clearly enough. French and Spanish language tracks are also available.



.::OVERALL::.

High School Musical 2 is a fun movie that uses the successful blueprint from the original and while it’s not too bad the music and musical numbers is good; the movie doesn’t break much new ground. Be forewarned about this DVD, however, as you might see a 2-disc edition sometime down the road.