High School Musical-Interactive DVD Game (2008)

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Released 5-Mar-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Game None
Rating ?
Year Of Production 2008
Running Time ?
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
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Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring None Given
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RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Unknown No Audio Data available for this title
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16x9 Enhancement Unknown
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Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

High School Musical is the latest tween aimed franchise from Disney. It's a huge success that has seen HSM branded licensing goods popping up everywhere.

This disc has more game options for a DVD based game than I have ever seen. There's a good mix of trivia and activity based games. Anyone who isn't familiar with the HSM universe could find the going tough though.

Different game types;

- Detention Dodge: Single player game based on HSM trivia

- Dress Rehearsal: Costume based trivia questions

- Script Rehearsal: Script based questions matching script with character

- Voice Lessons: Repeat the song

- Break Time: Questions based around your friend/opponent in the game

- Drama Class: Charades

- Dance Class: Dance related quiz

- Gym Class: Shoot basketball using remote

- Rhythm Class: Rhythm game based around items appearing onscreen

- Scholastic Decathlon Practice: Trivia on HSM

- Pop Quiz: More HSM based questions

- Fire Alarm: Game based around time limit with actions for players

Overall, it's a lot of fun and with the many game types there should be many hours of enjoyment for High School Musical fans.

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Transfer Quality

Video

The game is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

The video is quite good. The effects are well rendered and sharp. The video segments are presented in a parchment frame in the centre of the screen and are quite clear and sharp.

There are no obvious compression artefacts or video artefacts that spoil the game

There are no subtitles available for the narration or video segments.

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Audio

The game features English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kbps) audio.

The audio is surprisingly good for a DVD game. The video segments appear to have the original mix from the TV movies. The narration is loud and clear.

The game features a few a lot of the High School Musical soundtrack, but little more in the way of music.

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Extras

There are no special features.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

At this stage there doesn't appear to be a Region 1 equivalent.

Summary

The game is a lot of fun if you are in the HSM target market.

The video looks good and the sound is surprisingly good.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Review Equipment
DVDMarantz DV4300, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationPioneer
SpeakersDB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

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