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The all-new smash hit Disney Channel Original Movie everyone is talking about is now available for the first time ever on DVD -- with never-before-seen bonus features that will rock your house! Troy (Zac Efron) the popular captain of the basketball team and Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) the brainy and beautiful member of the academic club break all the rules of East High society when they secretly audition for the leads in the school's musical. As they reach for the stars and follow their dreams everyone learns about acceptance teamwork and being yourself. And it's all set to fun tunes and very cool dance moves! Featuring the hottest talent HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL celebrates the power of music in this hip entertaining gotta-get-up-and-dance movie. Own all the excitement and the exclusive extras available only on this Encore Edition DVD.System Requirements:Running Time 98 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: G UPC: 786936693652 Manufacturer No: 4954903
The Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical is a combination of backstage action and Grease without the unwholesome habits. Scoring record ratings at the time of its January 2006 broadcast, it's a smash hit with tween audiences (ages 6 to 10), but appealing for all ages. At a New Year's Eve party, Troy (Zac Efron of the WB's Summerland) has a chance meeting with Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) when they share a karaoke song. Lo and behold, when school resumes, they discover that Gabriella has just transferred to Troy's East High School, a campus divided into tight cliques of jocks, cheerleaders, brainiacs, and skater dudes. Eager to recapture the magic they'd discovered during karaoke, Troy and Gabriella consider auditioning for the school's upcoming musical, much to the dismay of the school's frost queen/theater goddess, Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody). Problem is, Troy is also the star of the basketball team and Gabrielle is being recruited to compete in the Scholastic Decathlon. Will they give up their cliques to start something new, or will they do as the show's first big anthem urges and "Stick to the Status Quo"? Well, this is a Disney movie, so maybe the sacrifices won't be that hard, and even the hints of romance are mild.
The bestselling soundtrack is catchy in that Disney-pop kind of way, mixing in a dash of hip-hop ("Getcha Head in the Game," punctuated by squeaky basketball shoes and other sound effects), salsa ("Bop to the Top"), and the endearingly hammy ("What I've Been Looking For" performed by Sharpay and her brother, Ryan, played by Lucas Grabeel). It's not hard to imagine High School Musical becoming a semi-staple for high school groups to perform themselves. DVD bonus features include sing-along subtitles; a 9-minute featurette discussing casting, recording sessions, and rehearsals; a multi-angle look at a rehearsal of "Bop to the Top"; and music videos for "We're All in This Together" and a song that didn't make it into the final film, "I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," performed by Efron, Hudgens, Tisdale, and Gabreel. --David Horiuchi
- A Must Have
All in All the very best musical Ever!Im 48 and think these Actors/Singers Out did Grease 110 percent!My fav being Vanessa Anne Hudgens,Ashley Tisdale and the Talented Lucas Grabeel who plays Ryan.For you Grease Fans you should update your musical because this is a must have and really trully better....more info
- Excellent movie for the kids!
"High School Musical" is a great movie for kids (and for some parents who resist to grow up)....more info
- My daughter and I found it surprisingly enjoyable
Disney has had its fair share of hits over the decades, but few have been as unexpected as the Disney Channel's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. I finally decided to watch it simply because of the buzz it has received. I was both pleasantly surprised and mildly disappointed in viewing it. The mild disappointment is that it was clearly aimed at a much younger age group than I was hoping for. I would guess that the optimal age group is 6-13, while I had hoped before seeing it that it might be 12 to 18 and thus more interesting to an adult. Nonetheless, given its target age group and the fact that it originated on TV, it is of remarkably high quality. This truly is a superior children's movie.
The music was fine, the kind of tunes that you can enjoy instantly without too much of a desire to ever hear again. The singing was consistently pleasant without be truly outstanding. The acting and performing all excellent but nothing truly extraordinary. The cast was solid. I had some trouble with male lead Zac Efron. I found him a tad too pretty and his voice was pitched so high that at first I thought he was lip-synching a female singer in the karaoke scene near the beginning. But my real beef was having him play a basketball star. If you've played a lot of basketball you develop a host of subtleties in the way you handle a ball, and Efron had none of these. Still, he had a likable personality. The real stand out of the cast was Vanessa Anne Hudgens, who reminded me very much of another Disney star of a different era, Annette Funicello. The two at that age had very similar skin color and tone, similarly shaped faces, were both pretty short (I think Hudgens might be even shorter), and both exceptionally pretty and enormously likable. The movie didn't ask for Hudgens to act much, but she sang very appealingly. The large and varied support cast was more than adequate. I have to add that this is the response of an adult. For a kid who is 10, Zac Efron's prettiness might be for more a virtue than it is for me and his having more of a soprano than a tenor voice might not be such a negative.
All in all, this is a remarkably well-done movie. Most adults will probably find it too juvenile in tone to enjoy much, but I can't imagine very many non-animated movies that would be better for a parent to watch with their kid. And it certainly has to go down as one of the best kid musicals ever produced. If we exclude animated films with singing, there are amazingly few kids film filled with song. Perhaps this movie will inspire some imitators in addition to the two sequels that are already in the works. ...more info
- High School Musical
As I go through my holiday gifts now, I realize I didn't receive this video in the mail. What can I do? ...more info
- Terrific entertainment for 9 yr. olds.
On a 1500 mile roadtrip with 2 9 year olds High School Musical provided excellent entertainment for the kids and 1 1/2 - 2 hours of silence punctuated with occasional bouts of singing. I have watched the show and it is sort of an updated Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland. We try to stay away from the ubiquitous Disney but I found this acceptable for my kids....more info
- A Whiff of Fascism
I know, this is a very popular movie and the music is OK. But the story is stridently insipid: winners win because that's what winners do, and losers lose because there's something wrong with anyone who's not a winner...and don't talk to me about underdogs. Despite the best efforts of its heroically perky cast, the film is nearly humorless. It was suggested that we stage this at our high school, but I've black-balled it. ...more info
- There's nothing like A GOOD musical...
...and this is NOTHING LIKE a good musical.
Adults should be warned to stay clear of this dreary exercise at ALL costs. This is time better spent with an insurance agent or doing your taxes. (Yes...It's THAT bad.)
If you have tweens at home and they clamour for this abomination, be warned, it never ends. Long after the movie has finished there is the CD of the film's unmemorable soundtrack which can only lead to the sequels (2 of them at this writing.) and the ripoffs. (AMERICAN MALL anyone?)
Do yourself a favor and run far and fast when the kiddies get a yen to pop this one in the old dvd player or you'll be visiting your dentist to fix the damage caused from grinding your teeth....more info
- not the same as i think
the shipping is not fast. i order a new DVD, however, it is not a stealed one, making me think this is a used DVD. ...more info
- Well, the story line was good...
alright I know this is going to effect my reviewer rank but i can't leave this unsaid, I CAN'T STAND DISNEY ANYMORE!!!! I used to love disney before they got all the teenager relationships!!! It did have a good story line so I'll give some credit to disney for that. if you like teenager sappy romance I guess you"ll love this. I mean no offence to anyone who likes this movie so please don't say this was an unhelpful review. I am just saying what I think....more info
- An Uncertain Future for the Disney Channel???? Maybe....
Before you start to shoot insults and criticisms at me, hear me out. I'm not writing a review on how tacky or unoriginal HSM is, but writing on something that's going through the minds of the a generation that grew up on the Disney classics and television series we cherished throughout our lifetime. Many of us worry that the Disney Channel is heading for serious trouble since it has now become focused on the tweens and teens of today instead of the entire family, and I am one of them. A tad bit bias toward HSM? You could probably say that. But once again, hear me out.
HSM is basically a younger rendition of the Tony Award-winning show Grease, except pointed towards a younger audience. The star athlete Troy (Zac Efron) meets a smart science girl named Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) at a party, and they probably don't expect to see each other again. However, all of that changes when they both end up in leading roles for the high school musical production, which causes confusion for the vast majority of the cliques (i.e. Geeks, drama clubs, science club, athletes, you get the idea.).
To start things off, the only song I really enjoyed from this film is "Getcha Head in the Game," and I found it really upbeat and good to dance to. The casting, plot, and dancing was okay, but not great. One thing that many people may argue is whether or not this can actually happen in real life high schools. The answer to that is: yes and no. Yes because unfortunately there are cliques in school which exclude many students from really ever "standing out" or even merging togething in another group without being made fun of from the main group. However, it can also true that this film was somewhat exaggerated; the dialogue doesn't seem to be realisitc to an audience as it would be in real life, and the music isn't really helping to reinforce that belief as much as many of us would.
Second, what really surprised was how big of a hit HSM became after premiering on a Friday night; it somehow created the biggest sensation known to teens and tweens everywhere. Also, I was kind of irritated at the attention it got. It's just another film that people should enjoy watching, not the greatest thing in the world. It shouldn't be worshipped as an idol like it is today, alongside Hannah Montana and That's So Raven. Being that I'm an adult, I grew out of things like this and preferred things that have more charm, sentinementality, and even a little bit of originality, such as Singin' in the Rain, The Lion King, or Wicked. You could say that's the reason why I didn't try out for the musical for my high school production (Also because I couldn't dance very well, but that's neither here nor there.).
Now, you're probably wondering about the title of my review. This is the bulk of it. I was born in 1988, and I grew up watching all the classic Disney films (i.e. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, the Little Mermaid, etc.) as well seeing all the cartoon shows I adored (i.e. Gummi Bears, Talespin, Darkwing Duck, Ducktales, etc.). One of the things going through my mind as I see more shows such as Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, and That's So Raven being put on the air is the future of the network itself. When I was growing up, the Disney Channel featured something for everyone: the morning geared toward preschoolers, the afternoon geared toward tweens and teens, the evening featuring a family film (usually an animated classic, a comedy, a drama, something along those lines), and the late night dedicated for the young at heart. Today, it seems, soley geared toward tweens and teenagers, with little or no time for the entire family. Futhermore, there was a time when pop, hip-hop, or rap didn't rule the music airwaves on televsion, as well as sex, drugs, or dancing that lacks originality ruling television as it does now.
What concerns me as well as people who grew up in my generation and even parents is whether or not the Disney Channel is going downhill because of being soley focused on a particular group of people instead of the entire family as a whole. Unfortunately, the answer to that is yes. Walt Disney's empire wasn't founded on HSM, Hannah Montana, or anything like that; it was founded on the power of imangination, originality, creativity, and believing in the impossible. It's not all about HSM, Hannah Montana, or even Wizards of Waverly Place; it's about bringing the entire family together to enjoy each other while watching a movie or seeing a show. And even the network allowing these actors to continue doing these things after some of the scandals which went on (i.e. Miley Cyrus' photo shoot w/Vanity Fair) is sending the wrong message to viewers, which also worries me.
Hopefully there will come a day when the Disney Channel goes back to what it originally started out as: a network focused on THE ENTIRE FAMILY, not just one group of people to make money. Some of the cartoons shown today don't even come close to the original shows shown in earlier periods, and some of the original television movies made for the audience today may be a way to make quick bucks for themselves without actually going out into the world and finding something original to make movies from. Futhermore, I hope they begin showing more of the animated and/or live action classics we've grown to love over the years again instead of night after night after night a Disney Channel original movie. It's starting to get old real fast, don't you think?
In conclusion, HSM isn't great, but it isn't horrendous either. It's somewhere in the middle, and I hope people respect my opinion. I applaud the actors and Kenny Ortega for their effort, but it just couldn't grab my attention fully, and judging from the review, you can probably tell why. Do I have a lot of time on my hands? Yes, because I prefer older musicals and animated and/or live action classics to this, and no because I constantly have to deal with this rant day after day, and want to finally have the chance to let it out to people who are willing to read this. Do I have a life? Yes, as a matter of fact, I do. I'm a theatre major and a music minor who loves the musical theatre now more than I've ever had the chance, and I simply don't have time to see things like HSM as well as don't wish to see it. Futhermore, it seems to me HSM lacked something that a lot of films and musicals released didn't have: HEART. Did I give this film a chance? Yes, I tried, but it just couldn't work for me because, like I said in the beginning, I'm an adult with a wider variety of musical choices other than this one. Much of the choreography shown here looks more like music videos rather than an actual musical production, and Ortega did so much better choreography in Newsies; even you can't deny that!
To the die-heart fans, I hope I didn't take up to much of your time, and it's your choice on whether or not you agree with me, and even whether or not you wish to read this. To the parents, please take the time to read this and take at least a little bit of what I said into consideration. To everyone who grew up in my generation, please read this. If you think you're the only one who wishes for the good old days of television and cinema to return, you're not alone. I, too, wish for the exact same thing. I hope anyone who reads this gains something from what I said and my feelings about the Disney Channel, the films, and what is being presented to today's audience. This empire has never really died to begin with; rather, it goes through periods of darkness followed by rebirth, so maybe we are hopefully in the midst of rebirth from the film and television industries. Have faith.
P.S. Just for the record, I'm looking forward to Camp Rock; I enjoy listening to the Jonas Bros, and the story line looks interesting....more info
- "Something New," "We're All In This Together." Great Storyline, Catchy & Heartwarming Songs And Family Fun Courtesy Of Disney.
Having seen a bit of "High School Musical 2" on TV (and loved it), I was fortunate enough to be able to watch this excellent movie for free (my mom probably wouldn't let me buy this film, saying "It's a kiddie movie, you're too old for those and, besides, it's for girls." From the first frame of film and the song "Something New," I was immediately hooked. Ashley Tisdale showed dynamic range in this film, as she played the sweet Maddie Fitzpatrick on "The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody" and on an episode of "The Suite Life On Deck" (I hope they bring her back for more episodes) and a real drama queen/G-rated diva here. I don't know the lyrics to any of the songs, so I mostly danced to them (and did so BADLY; it's a miracle I didn't break anything or knock anyone over). This film is designed for all ages, so get out your dancing shoes and get ready to fall in love, sing and dance because "We're All In This Together." Rated G. GO WILDCATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more info
- Bring Back Grease!
I finally saw this movie after months of hearing about how unexpectedly brilliant it was, and I have to say I disagree completely. Nothing about this movie was unexpected; everything from the cheesy dialogue to the cliched plot to the corny songs to the caricatures, I mean characters, were predictable to the point of being campy and over-the-top. And not in a good way. Why exactly is a scrawny, short kid the star of the basketball team? What reasonable people are that frenetically obsessed with maintaining the status quo? And what's up with Sharpay and her brother starring in every school show *together*? Incest, that's a new one for Disney. I'd also like to point out that no one would name their two children "Ryan" and "Sharpay." As a disclaimer, I do love bad karaoke, Disney Channel Original Movies, Grease, but I can't see what the fuss is all about with this one. This movie's only redeeming qualities were Gabriella, Kelsi, and that kid who bakes stuff, all of whom I thought were adorable. The only reason this is even getting 2 stars is because for whatever reason, I set my TiVo to record the second one....more info
- A Kidney Stone With It's Effects Getting Worse...
Boy, does Disney know how to spit in the face of film-making, movies, musicals, and quality. High School Musical is, in every way, disgusting, horrible, and a blight to the entire teenage demograph.
The Music? Oh god, it is horrible. Getcha Head in the game has a novel start, using basketball playing as rhythm (Cool!), too bad it's slaughtered immediately by the ghastly singing. Besides, Stomp did the same idea before and better. Zack's voice is the only one that's decent, because, surprise, it's a voice-over (his songs actually sounded somewhat pleasant in Hairspray, I thought, but I'm not sure if that was his actual voice or computer trickery)! The biggest threat has to be Ahsley Tisdale, however. Her voice is just so freakin' whiney. And the way she does that phony latino shrill at the beginning of "Bop to the Top". Pure agony. Damaging for the ears. The rest of the singers don't do anything to add to anything, just are there to antaganize the viewers even more. Besides, the corny subject matter in the songs is calculation in it's attempt to please, mostly people who feel that we are all in this together. This is for suckers who cater shamelessy to their sentimental impulses.
And also, when they change the key of the music (for an annoying, cheap way to bring the song to a climax and close), it's sounds like a cat got into the tuning selection. Awful, awful composition choice. Send the idiot(s) who composed that back to their first music theory class for the tone deaf.
high school musical, in a line of teeny bopper films, may just be the worst of them all. THe worst part is that, this movie's effects keeps on growing. Just like a Kidney Stone (wait, those don't grow doo they? Untreated Urinal Tract Infection?), one nuisance turns into more and more series, oh god, this american kidney is feeling the effects of this abomination. Just ignore it, let it do it's damage to the unworthy, and leave this ______ on the shelf and watch something with redeeming quality.
It was a request from my granddaughter who loved the movie. She then asked me for it for Christmas....more info
- love this movie
i watched the 2nd movie like a month ago or whenever it was. and loved it. and i finally own the first one. and i also pre-ordered the second one. can't wait to get that one. will definitely be watching this one again....more info
- Great Musical
This was a great movie. I had heard Kelly talk about it on Regis and Kelly many times and kept ignoring it. I figured that at my age it was a little young, but i rented it and thought it was great and immediately became addicted! I had seen Zac Efron on Summerland and never saw what was so great about him, but he is really great in this role and he can sing really well! As far as people stating that he is too short to be a basketball star, he is in high school and the average height and weight varies. I went to school with a very short person on our varsity team as a freshman because he was just really good, so it isnt impossible. i didnt find it too hard to believe except that he wasnt very built. In the second one though he looks more the basketball star. The rest of the cast does and great job and Vanessa has an amazing job. Look past what happened recently in her personal life leaking to the public, and think of it as just that something in a teenagers life that wasnt suppose to be said to everyone in the world. She is still a role model and a great singer. ...more info
- The Best Musical since "Grease"
You know, there have been SO MANY MUSICALS to hit the screen since "Grease" (released the year I was born), but I can't think of any one musical that you can actually watch again and again and still not tire of.
I mean, would you watch "Dreamgirls" again? Even if you did love Beyonce? Yes, its a good film, but you probably would NOT want to watch that movie again. To me, that is the true hallmark of a musical that transcends its material to become almost legendary, and I think this is why "High School Musical" has been so successful.
I have friends who are children, and friends over 40 who all know the words to all the songs here. And with good reason! Granted, none of this is exactly earth shattering music - in fact, most of it is good old fashioned cheesy pop music of the "Hannah Montana" variety (a bit more polished though). But its simple lyrics and singalong choruses will win you over. I can't wait to see this at a Karaoke theater - this was one movie where I knew the words to most of the songs by the third viewing!
The highlight of this film is the music. I am not a Zac Efron fan, and frankly I found him a bit bizarre looking (some of my friends thinks he looks like a 50 year old woman in drag, but thats a bit extreme), but once I got past that, I found lovable characters almost everywhere. Vanessa Hudgens is a real find. How wonderful that they cast a Hispanic actress to play Gabriella.
To me, the real star of the show was the brother-sister duo of Ryan and Sharpay. Lucas Grabeel is absolutely breathtaking as the singing and dancing boy wonder with an atrocious fashion sense (is his character supposed to be this flamboyant? - it left me wondering), and Ashley Tisdale does an impression of Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless" that left me laughing for more. Her one-liners were the best.
Heres the thing, this is not "Gone with the Wind" or "Benhur". But chances are, when you're looking through your DVD collection on a rainy day, THIS will be the DVD you choose over all others, because I cannot think of any other musical apart from "Grease" that is so memorable.
Highlight Moments : Ryan and Sharpay singing "Bop to the Top" (even better on a demo dance on the special features), and "Stick to the Status Quo".
Five Stars for Lucas Grabeel, and five stars for this DVD....more info
- A Great Movie Okay Songs Bad Basketball
My class did one of the songs from this movie for an "end of school" concert. We did We're All In This Together. I thought most of these songs were pretty corny apart from WAITT and Breakin' Free. I didn't like that you had to wait until the end of the movie to get two great songs. I was embarrassed as a basketball player when I saw "Getcha' Head In The Game" Zac Efron looks nothing like a basketball player. I thought this had some VERY corny songs, but had a couple jewels at the end to make you want to come back and see it again. I thought Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Lucas Graabel acted very well. Zac was so so. He could've done better. I have seen the second HSM, and liked the singing a lot better. I liked the plot too. I would CAUTION ANYONE THINKING ABOUT BUYING IT: RENT IT FIRST BEFORE BUYING IT. Watch HSM 2 as well. Overall: 2 was better, but for 13 bucks, buy it....more info
- What's Not To Like About This Charming Film?!
The other night, having nothing else to do, I popped in the DVD of High School Musical just to see what the "fuss" is all about (My younger sister owns the HSM dolls, clothes, towels, movies, CDs, video games, sheet music, etc). Though not usually drawn to the musical genre or Disney Channel dramatic fare, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this film held my interest and entertained me for its duration.
Plot-wise, HSM doesn't deviate too far from standard Disney programming. When new girl to school Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) begins to form a relationship with school beau Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), it draws the ire of popular girl Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) and facilitates an overhaul of East High's social cliques.
What sets the storyline apart from, say, a typical episode of Hannah Montana, though, is the way the school stereotypes are portrayed. Instead of getting too preachy, Disney instead wildly accentuates those stereotypes and lets the simple messages of diversity and acceptance speak for themselves. Troy is the All-American boy every girl has a crush on, Gabriella is the stunningly beautiful girl next door, and Sharpay is the over-the-top princess who rules the school with her status.
Of course, HSM needs to (as a musical) ultimately be judged on the quality of its musical numbers...the category in which it succeeds fantastically. From the very beginning, when a karaoke DJ hands microphones to Troy and Gabriella and tells them "you might thank me for this someday", viewers will realize the quality of the musical numbers about to come. Though Efron does not provide his own vocals, he IS able to adroitly portray the conflicted Troy (basketball vs. singing) through acting and dance. Hudgens' tunes are usually softer, but very poignant ("When There Was Me And You", in which Hudgens flies solo, is my favorite piece in the film), while Tisdale is probably the most talented actor/singer/dancer of the bunch in her fantastically choreographed and special effects-laden numbers.
So, if you are a parent/older sibling who wants to know what make your child/younger sibling go crazy over HSM, I would encourage you to sit down and watch this film (preferably with them). Even the most jaded critics will be humming (or outright belting) the catchy melodies long after the end credits roll....more info
- Mediocre At Best
This is a weak film geared toward adolescents.
It is a musical with bad music. Not a good combination. It is boring, has very forgetful actors, and is just generally bad.
If you want to kill a couple of hours, there are many better ways to do it....more info
- high school musicalo 3 CD
got it for my 10 yr old grandaughter and she loves it. Says it's the best one yet....more info
Perfect timing and price, thank you and looking forward to continue doing business with you.
- The Phantom Crap
Kids these days, they'll get sucked into anything. I remember back in my day, when "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" was around, that was something to get hyped about. In this cliched, abysmal piece of garbage we are treated to (current) stereotypical high-school characters; the white jock, the "ethnic" jock and "smart" girls, the white "rich" snobby girl and her "is-he-or-isn't-he" brother. The songs aren't catchy whatsoever and can be seen coming ten miles (or more) away. The choreography is mediocre at best (and that's the nicest phrase I could think of). The acting wooden, Hayden Christensen had better acting in "Star Wars" (I don't even like that guy!)Also the character development (or lack there of). The feel and attitude of the two main characters at the beginning is the same at the end. So the characters learn absolutely nothing except all of your high school problems can be resolved if everyone gets into a big chorus number and remembers that (God kill me for this) "we're all in this together". Sure, yeah right. My high school was nothing like this....more info
- If Your Kids Love This...
Try Fame - The Complete First Season
Singing, dancing, and fun, like no high school you've ever attended. And so very innocent. ...more info
- Yay for cheesy teen musicals
I'm all for cheesy high school dramadies where kids break into song for no apparent reason. My favorite movie is Teen Witch. High School Music continues in the same tradition with all the teenage angst you can imagine coupled with singing and dancing. What more could you want? And, this movie doesn't take itself too seriously. It's campy and over the top, and that's what's so great about it. The reason to by the Remix edition of High School Musical is simple: the sing-along version of the movie. Not only do you get to watch a Grease-style teeniebopper musical, but you get to sing along at the same time. Highly recommended....more info
If you wonder what hell is going to be like, then watch this movie. Because this is one of the most pathetic, idiotic, and plainly the worst teen or any other movie created. the plot is exactly like GREASE (MUCH better then this garbage) in every way thinkable.It's because of this movie that we now got horney girls that just freeze the movie just to drol over Zac Efron (major gaywad). so paraents, if you want your daughters to burn your banking accounts, and sing nonstop, and have posters of Zac efron half naked, then by this movie....more info
- High School Musical
I looked for this movie every where, no one had it in my neck of the woods. It took a little longer than I thought it should for shipping, but it came and my kids and I are thrilled. Thank you...more info
- What All the Fuss Is About
If you haven't already seen "High School Musical", you're heard of it and you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about. The answer is simple.
It's not the musical numbers. Some of them are very catchy and bouncy, but as with all musicals, some are clunkers. And since the repertoire is smaller than most musicals, the ratio isn't very good.
It's not the dialogue, either. There are some definite gems ("Sharpay's kinda cute." "So's a mountain lion, but you don't pet it.") but most is pretty standard.
The real secret of HSM's success is the very talented young cast.
Zac Ephron plays the leading role of Troy. Ephron is popping up just about everywhere these days. He actually does a good job of selling the "everyman" qualities of his character.
Vanessa Hudgens plays Troy's love interest, Gabriella. Hudgens is pretty, can sing, and can act. Halfway through the movie, she sings a power ballad, "When There Was Me and You", that's part "Hopelessly Devoted to You" from "Grease", part "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from "Jesus Christ Superstar", but mostly schmaltz, while walking mournfully through a row of lockers.
Ashley Tisdale. Ashley Tisdale. Ashley Tisdale. My favorite up-and-coming actress and current celebrity crush. Ashley Tisdale plays Sharpay, the villainess of the movie. She's a very talented singer and actress and, accordingly, gets some of the movie's best scenes, including featuring in almost all of the film's best musical numbers. The movie falters a little bit whenever she's not present.
Lucas Grabeel plays the brother of Tisdale's character. One of the most likable actors in the movie, he actually plays a small role. He's almost always in Tisdale's shadow. But he manages not only to play the role of villain, but also the comic relief. Although he serves as the chief lackey to Tisdale's character, he's hardly a villain at all, playing the more laid-back and cool of the siblings. For his small role, he's a great scene stealer.
If the movie's successful, it's because all of the talents involved certainly deserve to be successful. They're also accompanied by a cast of more likable characters in small supporting roles, including Chris Warren Jr., Oleysa Rulin, Dutch Whitlock, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman.
"High School Musical" starts out with a real clunker, the slow song "The Start of Something New." And it really lags between the first few song-and-dance numbers. And I really get annoyed hearing Alyson Reed, as a drama teacher, repeatedly pronouncing the word "musical" as "musi-cale." Who does that? But some really catchy songs are scattered throughout the movie, including "Get'cha Head in the Game", "What I've Been Looking For", "Stick to the Status Quo", and "Bop to the Top."
One of the other reasons for the movie's appeal is its abundance of simple themes. And one of them is NOT, like another reviewer noted, that multi-talented people succeed where people focused on one calling at all. Rather, the primary theme is that people shouldn't be afraid to break out of the mold others put them in, and that they shouldn't be afraid to try new things. The theme is that someone shouldn't be ashamed of a hidden talent to the point of keeping it a hidden talent. There are messages about friendship and teamwork as well. HSM is by no means a genius musical, but it's definitely worth taking a look at to see what all of the fuss is about.
- We need more musical shows like this
We need more musical shows like this. Instead of cartoons. I think kids needs to see real people acting and real role models.I still love disney cartoons like little mermaid but we need to see more movies like high school musical. A more realistic show. At least you get to see these people in real life. High musical 2 was also great too. This movie will make great a broadway musical play some day....more info
- Amazing movie
Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter truly shined in this film, I highly doubt Oscars are too far out of the questi-...
Oh wait. Nevermind. I though this was the Sweeney Todd page. Nevermind this film sucks the big one! Need I say more! It sucks so much I can't even give it a full review....more info
- Don't knock it if you haven' seen it
I'm fed up with people raging over the High School Musical franchise as if it's the worst thing that has happened to tweens since the dawn of time. Honestly, the original High School Musical is a fun, family film that most people with an open mind will enjoy. Sure, it's cheesy, it's campy, it's corny. But at least we are spared an '80s school where everyone is picked on and no one can make a D. No swearing, no sex, no drugs. Isn't this what we've all been looking for?
Troy Bolton, basketball captain of East High, meets a shy Gabriella Montez, the math genius, at a karaoke party and just a few days later discovers she's moved right into his neighborhood. Unbelievable? Yes. But with a sense of suspended belief, just about anyone can enjoy this film. I was skeptical myself, when I first heard about it, but after one viewing I realized why it had gained such a following. I've had about ten of my close friends watch it (force in some cases), and although most were wary, everyone came out admitting that it wasn't nearly as bad as they were expecting.
The Blu-Ray disc offers the film (for the first time) in widescreen. It actually adds a lot to the movie. Bonus features include "Sing Along" and "Dance Along", a making-of feature, and several music videos.
As wonderful as the first High School Musical is, the other two films in the "trilogy" are not as easy to recommend. While enjoyable, they struggle as sequels are prone to do.
Take a chance on the film. Really. You'll probably enjoy it....more info
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- The extras in the Remix version are worth paying more
High School Musical is one of the Disney productions you don't have high expectations for. How good can something made for cable be? But it surprises in a big way.
This is a movie about teens trying to find their own identities while feeling the pressure to conform to their own social groups. There's clean romance, humor, and the songs are surprisingly good. It does what every good musical should do: make you tap your toes and want to join in the singing and dancing.
And this is where the extras come in. The Remix version comes with a sing-along option that lets you sing along to all the songs, with the words lighting up as they're supposed to be sung, karaoke style. The second DVD includes a dance lesson for two of the dances in the movie. These dances are pretty hard, but it can be fun to try.
I really didn't think I would like this movie, thought it would be for tweens only. But I was delighted to discover I was wrong. This is a delightful movie to enjoy, sing along with, and dance to with your tween, and the lesson of being true to yourself is such a good one for kids who often feel pressured to fit in with their friends. ...more info
- Just Okay
At first I was completely opposed to watching this. All of my friends loved it, and at my school you could hear all of my sixth grade classmates singing the songs. Maybe it was the fact that the songs were so chessy, or maybe it was the fact that my friends are terrible singers, but I really didn't want to watch this movie.
However, on a trip to Eagle River to see my friend, I realized that maybe there was more to the movie than meets the eye. Because I trust my friend's judgement in movies, and she raved about HSM, I decided to give it a try.
So, maybe it wasn't the most magical experience. However, I was glad that Disney was at least trying now. I liked the concept of it. I was glad that there was finally a fun-for-everyone movie that talked about peer pressure.
But it wasn't all fun. I have a few complaints:
1) Who the heck decided to cast Vanessa Hudgens? Can you say slut? Also, she's not a very good actor. Maybe she just doesn't know how to do geeky, but she really bombed in HSM. Where did the girl from Thirteen go?
2) The wardrobe. I mean, the geeks dressed like the jocks and popular kids. That's not how it is. I'm not saying that you should stereotype them, I'm just saying that you should try to make each individual character have an individual wardrobe. And the popular kids wear Abercrombie and Fitch, not nerdy shirts with green stripes. Come on. Disney, at least put SOME imagination into it.
3) The lack of realism. I understand that they were trying to do a remake of Grease. It it ain't broke, don't fix it. Grease is unremakable. Especially not by Disney, and especially not with Vanessa Hudgens. I mean, boy meets giirl at party, then must they fall in love without even talking for more than two seconds, and then they must part. Tragic, right? I'm not finished. Poof! Boy and girl end up in same school. Then they sing their problems away and everything falls into place perfectly. GAG! If this movie had been set in junior high, then it would have believable. In junior high, kids care a lot about these kinds of things. In junior high, differences are deadly. But by the time kids reach high school, they're matured and okay with differences.
4) The songs. There were three of them that I hated: The Start of Something New, Getcha Head In The Game, and We're All In This Together. I didn't like The Start of Something New, because like the other reviewer, I also noticed that they didn't have to look at the screen as they sang. Blooper alert! Plus. I know that as you sing you get confidence, but going from shy and timid to, basically, stripping in a matter of seconds is rediculous. I didn't like Getcha Head in the Game because Zac Efron looks totally gay. Literally. I expected him to start singing I'm A Barbie Girl any second. I didn't like We're All in This Together period. Because we're not all in this together. We're all in this separately, with no help and no guidance.
But even with that list of complaints, I do have some good things to say. Zac Efron did a wonderful job in his role as Troy. He's good with the dramatic parts, and he has great comedic timing. Also, whoever casted Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay is a genious! She was fantastic as the mean girl. And I liked Lucas Grabeel as Ryan. He was good at being in Sharpay's shadow, while secretly shining on his own. Plus, I loved the song Stick to the Status Quo. However, like I said before, this song would be better placed in junior high. Overall, decent watch if you're under twelve. ...more info
- Awedome movie..My whole family LOVED it!
Ok. By now, if you haven't seen this movie, you are living in a cave.
On our last trip to Disney World (2006) there was a small HSM pep rally. It has since turned into a HUGE affair at the Disney-MGM Studios. If that doesn't convince you, buy the DVD and watch it.
I had read another reviewer complain (a little) about the "over-the-top" acting by the Sharpay and Ms. Darbus (drama teacher) characters. It was SUPPOSED to that way, and it worked very well. I actually LOVE Ms. Darbus and was a bit depressed that her role diminished quite a bit in HSM2. I wanted more of her!
The auditions in the movie for the "musicale" (lol) are extremely entertaining. "Thank you Alan, and as for your singing...that's a wonderful tie you're wearing". My kids laugh every time.
Run, don't walk, and own this DVD....more info
- How Can You Give This Movie A Bad Rating?
As an adult, I find the movie/series enjoyable and love all three HSM for what they are supposed to be - fun movies for kids. Disney is not in the buisness of making the next great Oscar winner; the intent here was to make a movie that children and teens would find funny and love. The movies were never intended to please adults, so what is with all the bad ratings for a movie that has a wildly loyal teen fanbase?
Yes, HSM is cheesy, obvious, and innocent - which was the intent of Disney in order to appeal to a certain age group. Here, we have everything children and teens could want in a movie - goofy jokes, fun songs, cool dance numbers, and the next big young hearthrob in Zac Efron. Parents will approve because, well, there is nothing to disapprove of in this series.
This is a movie made for kids and kids love it. That's the bottomline. ...more info
- Love this Musical!!!
This is the best kid/family fun video to come out for years. We absolutely love it!!!!...more info