High School Musical: Remix (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The magic of love can be found in all kinds of places, including a karaoke contest, which is where two young people first meet. Troy (Zac Efron) is a basketball star back home, known for his athletic skills, but here, his voice is what stands out. Gabriella (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) is as academic as they come, a brain who doesn’t always have the aura of being cool. But while on vacation, the two meet while enjoying karaoke and in addition to finding out they both have wonderful voices, they also discovered a potential romance. Back at East High, it would seem their romance is doomed however, given the social cliques and their traditions. But the couple isn’t going to give up, although for now, they want to keep their bond under wraps. Despite what those around them might think, they plan to audition for the school musical and snare the leads. When word of their plan gets out, everyone is talking about the couple and their unexpected plans. While they do meet with some opposition, they also see more of their friends wanting to be in the musical and pursue their own dreams. But can Gabriella and Troy make their dream come true, or will the leads go to someone else?

This Disney Channel original was a smash success, with almost eight million viewers when it debuted, but is High School Musical worth the hype? This movie is bad, but it seems to want to be bad, so bad that you can’t help but laugh. I mean, a musical is hard to pull off, but with a cast of basic, generic teens and some of the worst musical numbers ever, it is impossible. I have to think the filmmakers aimed for camp with High School Musical, as I can’t believe anyone would hear some of these songs and have high hopes. Just listen to the basketball themed songs, which are the worst of the lot. The cast goes over the top trying to compensate for bland talent, with results that again, are so bad, you have to laugh. But while this makes the film sound like loads of fun, that simply isn’t the case. I wish this was so bad, it was good, but the unintentional laughs are sparse and most of the time, this is more like a train wreck. This is just a weak, poorly crafted teen romance with a run of miserable songs thrown in to draw in the junior high drama students. The draw of High School Musical is the same as ever, so unless you’re a tween with a Blu-ray player, you won’t want to pick up this new version.

Video: How does it look?

High School Musical is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This transfer looks good, but the original lacks the flash and polish of the sequels. The “made for television” visuals are evident, as this looks more like a television show than a feature film, without question. The image is clean, but detail isn’t dynamic and at times the visuals even come off as soft. The contrast is passable, but wavers at times, though colors deliver bold and bright hues. So this might not shine like the sequels, but this is still an acceptable high definition treatment.

Audio: How does it sound?

Given that this is a musical and a PCM 5.1 option is present, I had solid expectations. Those expectations were dashed, as this proves to be an average, but unremarkable audio presentation. Whenever the music isn’t there, the mix falls into a flat, lifeless state that never relents. When the music does pick up, so does the soundtrack, but only to a point. The surrounds come into play, but the power and presence are limited at best. As with the visuals, the audio of the original isn’t on the same scale as the sequels. Not bad, but not memorable. This disc also includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 option, French and Spanish language tracks, and subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Supplements: What are the extras?

A lot of bullet points adorn the case, but there is no substance to be found. A few promotional featurettes, some fluff dance “how-to’s,” and some music videos populate the extras. The only decent stuff is a sing-a-long option and a multi-angle feature that tracks the dance numbers from rehearsal to the final production.

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