High School Musical 2 DVD: Review By Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

I am 35 and there is no good reason under the sun that I should be forced to sit through these things.
  • OVERALL
    3.5
    GREAT
  • Feature
  • Picture
  • Sound
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
This Dance Edition is the best way to own this film.
THE BAD
This sequel just doesn't live up to the original.
THE FEATURE
High School Musical 2 takes the story out of high school when Troy (Zac Efron), Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) and the rest of the crew decamp to a summer vacation spot for a scorcher. Everything is of course set up around a big talent show that Sharpay is intent on winning. So she devises a plan to get Troy away from his friends until the group comes to realize that "we're all in this together."

This story has been done to death but there is something about this cast that has captured the tween zeitgeist. While no one could ever call this demographic the most discerning bunch, one has to love that these hit Disney Shows, which later became hit DVDs, are now getting their shot at the big screen with High School Musical 3.
THE EXTRAS
Okay, I just can't bring myself to go through all the extras of this release. First of all, fans of this franchise really don't care. They are going to buy these DVDs simply because the name High School Musical is slapped on them. Secondly, I am 35 and there is no good reason under the sun that I should be forced to sit through these things. So here is a list that should get your feet moving:

- Interactive Dance-Along

- Deleted Scenes

- "All for One" Music Video

- The Making of the Exclusive Music Scene

- Cast Favorites

- On-Location Shoot

- Set Tour

- Scrap Book
THE VIDEO
Full Screen - 1.33:1. How in the world is a movie this hip, this now, this... popular in widescreen? In all honesty I don't have too much to say about the images on this release so I just wrote the first thing that came to my mind. Things looked as dyspeptic as most Disney movies of this ilk do, but considering what we're talking about I don't know that things need to be any other way.
THE AUDIO
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The audio on this release was well put together. I have to think that the people working on this DVD pay special care to this component because this is a musical. While I wouldn't say that it is giving Bob Fosse a run for its money, we are talking about something that has forever put itself inside the Walt Disney lexicon.
THE PACKAGE
This sparkling front cover features a lot of glitter, a disco ball and the main cast in the middle of some dance moves. The back serves up a description of what this dance edition is, as opposed to telling people about the story of this movie. There is a Bonus Features listing, technical specs, and a credits list. They have put both discs on this release in one economical amaray case. If I say nothing else about this release let it be known that it is eye-catching.
THE FINAL WORD
It would be very easy for me to sit back and hate on this DVD simply because it is High School Musical 2. However, after watching both movies (I do this for research purposes I assure you) I can see why the younger set and their parents like these films. First of all they are squeaky clean. There is nothing about them that is going to offend anyone, even though the movie's blissful ignorance and obvious detachment from reality is palpable. Second, High School Musical allows for a nice hybrid between more grown up fare for tweens but its subject matter isn't too adult. Lastly, I think a lot of young people like to sing and dance and that is precisely what this franchise is all about.

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  1. desperate hot guy10

    WHAT THIS MOVIE SUCKED

    6 years agoby @kevinbacon34Flag