High School Musical 2: Extended Edition (2007)

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Released 5-Dec-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Musical Outtakes-Blooper Reel
Music Video-Exclusive Scene and 3 music videos
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-9 Rehearsal cam clips w/ introduction by Kenny Ortega
Trailer-Sneak Peek for Phineas and Ferb/Hannah Montana
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 2007
Running Time 106:32
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (69:01) Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Kenny Ortega
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Zac Efron
Vanessa Hudgens
Ashley Tisdale
Lucas Grabeel
Corbin Bleu
Monique Coleman
Mark L. Taylor
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $29.95 Music David Lawrence


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Pan & Scan English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Dutch Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Hindi Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Isolated Music Score Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Spanish
Portuguese
Dutch
Hindi
English Song Lyrics
Spanish Song Lyrics
Dutch Alternate Subtitles
Hindi Titling
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

   High School Musical 2 is the follow-up to Disney's enormously successful High School Musical television movie from 2006. It premiered on US television on August 17th, 2007 to record ratings, 18 million viewers tuned in to watch the follow-up to High School Musical. The success of the High School Musical series saw a third movie in the franchise release last year, High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

    High School Musical 2 sees Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) trying to balance his need for raising funds for college with his desire to spend all summer with Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens). Sharpay and Ryan Evans (Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel) plan to spend the summer at their family country club and Sharpay arranges to get Troy hired so that she can spend time with him. Troy convinces the club's manager, Mr Fulton (Mark L. Taylor) to hire his friends and this is where the fun starts as conflicts arise between Troy, his college aspirations, his friends and Sharpay's plans.

    The High School Musical series has made a huge star of Zac Efron and it's interesting to see him wishing to breakout from the character role that he is synonymous with in this film by choosing to accept the lead in Richard Linklater's upcoming 2009 film, Me and Orson Welles.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    High School Musical 2 was filmed in a 16x9 enhanced for widescreen television ratio, 1:78:1 but was premiered for US television in a 4x3 full frame 1:33:1 aspect ratio. The Blu-ray release utilises the widescreen ratio whereas this DVD uses the full frame transfer.

    Although the aspect ratio is full-frame, 1:33:1, it seems that director Kenny Ortega has framed the image for television, with not much information on-screen outside that 1:33:1 aspect ratio.

    Although the DVD is 7.49 gb in size to accommodate the extras on the disc and the main film has an average bitrate of 6.33 m/b per sec, this disc has significant compression issues. Macro-blocking can be seen in scenes that contain long shots, mostly in musical numbers where the camera has to take long shots to include the cast. Macro-blocking is mostly evident at 3:05 - 3:38, 4:13-5:02, 13:34-16:02, 20:12-23:28, 43:00-43:08, 46:32-47:29, 97:33, 101:05 and 103:07-104:44. The opening and end credits also contain mosquito noise or the Gibb effect. Again, this is related to compression issues in the transfer of the film to DVD.

    Colour is slightly brightened to emphasise primary colours and to make the film look like a Disney children's feature.

    There are no MPEG artefacts present in the transfer.

    Subtitles are in English, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and Hindi with karaoke lyrics for the 12 musical numbers in the film also provided in English, Spanish, Dutch and Hindi.

    The RSDL change occurs right in the middle of a scene and is quite noticeable unfortunately at 69:01.

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Audio

    Unlike, the video transfer, the audio soundtrack for the film is excellent with extra emphasis on the musical numbers which sound great in a surround-sound home theatre system.

    The audio Tracks are all encoded in Dolby Digital 5.1 at 384 kbps. These include the main English soundtrack, a music only track, a Spanish and Dutch overdub track and a Hindi track.

    Dialogue is clear and synchronised throughout.

    The music numbers are very catchy, a forewarning needs to be issued here because if you purchase this DVD for your child to watch over and over, you'll soon find that you to will be singing the catchy tunes also!

The new songs are listed below:

1) What Time Is It

2) What Time Is It (Pt. 2)

3) Fabulous

4) Work This Out

5) You Are The Music In Me

6) Humuhumunukunukuapua'a

7) I Don't Dance

8) You Are The Music In Me (Sharpay Version)

9) Gotta Go My Own Way

10) Bet On It

11) Everyday

12) All For One

The surround channel usage is well-defined in the soundtrack, especially during the musical numbers.

The subwoofer is utilised throughout the film to emphasise the bass in the soundtrack without any distortion effects.

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Extras

Outtakes

This is a blooper reel that runs for 4:11 showing scenes with funny bloopers of the cast.

Music Video

This extra features the worldwide impact of the songs from High School Musical 2. Director Kenny Ortega begins with an introduction that lasts 38 seconds. Three international music videos are included: All For One in Spanish, You Are The Music In Me in Dutch and I Don't Dance in Portuguese. You can also view the exclusive scene of the musical number, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Finally, you can use the "Music and More" feature (as this extra is named on the DVD) to play the music-only track to sing-along with the film or choose the karaoke lyrics as subtitles to the musical numbers.

Featurette-Behind The Scenes

This feature looks at the rehearsals for nine of the musical numbers for the film. An introduction for this feature by Kenny Ortega is also included. The rehearsals include the following songs: What Time Is It?, Fabulous, Work This Out, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a, I Don’t Dance, You Are the Music In Me (Reprise), Bet On It, Everyday and All For One.

Trailer

The final extra are two sneak peeks at Phineas and Ferb and Hannah Montana: Life’s What You Make It.

R4 vs R1

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

   High School Musical 2: Extended Edition has been released in identical versions in the United States, United Kingdom and France with slight variations for languages and subtitling. A different 2-disc extended dance version has also been released which includes extra musical numbers and deleted scenes and a sneak peek at High School Musical 3. This 2-disc dance version is available in Region 1 and Region 4.

Summary

    High School Musical 2 is definitely not my type of movie, but judging by the fact that this review is late because my nine year-old daughter played it repeatedly for the first three days after I received the disc to review, I would say that High School Musical 2 is highly recommended, especially for the pre-teen audience.

    It is a shame about the compression issues inherent in the video transfer as the audio soundtrack is great. The macro-blocking in the transfer is more evident on larger widescreen televisions, so I would recommend watching this on a smaller fullscreen 4x3 television.

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© John Stivaktas (I like my bio)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S550 (Firmware updated Version 019), using HDMI output
DisplaySamsung LA46A650 46 Inch LCD TV Series 6 FullHD 1080P 100Hz. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony STR-K1000P. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationSony HTDDW1000
SpeakersSony 6.2 Surround (Left, Front, Right, Surround Left, Surround Back, Surround Right, 2 subwoofers)

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