High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008) - Deluxe Extended Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Family / Musical
Disney || G - 117 minutes - $39.99 || February 17, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-15


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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: Kenny Ortega
Writer(s): Peter Barsocchini (written by)
Cast: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman


Theatrical Release Date: October 24, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Sing-Along Mode
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Blooper Reel
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

I have no qualms watching teen shows and/or movies. I'm a huge fan of the CW Network ("Gossip Girl", "90210", One Tree Hill") and have been enjoying teen dramas for years. But... something about this franchise just turns me off. Could it be because no one just randomly breaks out in song? Or maybe its that no senior actually talks or acts like the Wildcats. So why is the franchise so entertaining to the tweens that are years away from experiencing Senior Year? Wouldn't a middle school musical make more sense?

It's almost graduation day for Seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Ryan and Taylor and the thought of heading off in separate directions after East High has them thinking they need to do something they'll remember forever. Together with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical reflecting their hopes and fears about the future and their unforgettable experiences growing up together. Will their final show break them apart or bring them together for the greatest moment in Wildcats history?

As the title suggests, this is senior year for all out favorite Wildcats. Each person seems to have a different road for them once they graduate and this film deals with how each person will possibly move on. Relationships may be shattered, friendships ended. I had a real tough time sitting through this...at least the first film was bearable - this one just drags on for almost 2 hours. The new characters introduced here (to hopefully carry the series on for several more films) are atrocious...what were they thinking? They are literally clones of Troy and Gabriella - with slight differences.

Acting... ugh. I've seen tons of Disney stars graduate on and become minor stars. Shia LaBeouf is probably the best example - though I have a feeling he is the exception. Others go on to do a few movies and fizzle out (Hillary Duff) while the rest just fade to black. The world seems to be in love with Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens but the real star is Ashley Tisdale. She has the voice and acting abilities to actually be something in the future and I really hope she branches out from Disney flicks.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features are presented in HD. As a bonus, this film comes with an attractive looking slip cover.

Sing Along Mode - After a night of partying, I decided to give this mode a shot. Yep, its exactly what you might think it is. Want to sing along to your favorite HSM3 songs? Well, now you can!

Deleted Scenes (7 Minutes) Its a mixed grab bag of mostly throwaway scenes. (w/ optional Commentary)

Cast Goodbyes (6 Minutes) - All the cast members talk about how sad it is to film the final movie (yet you know for a big payday they would all come back) and lots and lots of hugging going around.

New Cast Profiles (13 Minutes) - Want to know more about the new Wildcats that you'll be watching in High School Musical 4 - 9? Well then this feature is for you! ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Night of Nights (8 Minutes) - A look at the Prom scene featured in the film.

BD-Live (Profile 2.0) - Not activated as of yet... but it promises some sort of Photo thing.

Rounding out the first disc is a pretty funny Blooper Reel (3 Minutes), Senior Awards (2 Minutes) ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** and It's All in the Dress (3 Minutes).

Disc 2 is the film on DVD while Disc 3 is a Digital Copy.

When you really look at everything, its not even an hour worth of features. Sure, the bonus DVD is great for the young-ins... but gees, this thing is pretty much empty.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

High School Musical 3 is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC) on a 50GB disc. After two successful made-for-TV movies, the HSM series goes on the theatrical circuit where things look really good. Colors are incredibly vibrant and flesh tones look perfect. Disney has been doing an amazing job with Blu-ray and this is no exception.

Disney has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Well, what can I say, this film sounds great. Dialog comes across perfect and the music....ear-bleeding good! Its no shock really, I expected Disney to give this film as much TLC as possible and you can easily tell. This is probably one of Disney's best sounding movies on Blu-ray besides Wall-E.



.::OVERALL::.

Anyone under the age of thirteen is probably in love with this film so its a no brainer for them. However, as an adult, I wanted to scrape my eardrums out with a rusty screwdriver. The songs are bad, the acting is bad and the plot makes very little sense. With that said, Picture and Audio quality is top notch and Special Features are suitable for young ones.