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High School Musical [Encore Edition] [DVD] [2006]

Zac Efron , Vanessa Hudgens , Kenny Ortega    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu
  • Directors: Kenny Ortega
  • Producers: Don Schain
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J0ZPDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,514 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Disney Channel's 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) 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). 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 Gabreel). 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

Product Description

Gabriella Montez is a shy, studious new student at East High School; but that all changes when she is forced to sing at a karaoke contest with Troy Bolton, the captain of the school's basketball team. After spending time with each other, both realise they share a passionate love for music and singing. But will they retain this love when their school is telling them they cannot be together?

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - for what it is. 8 April 2007
By Sheepy
My 9 year old daughter finds this movie awesome, has already gone a long way to testing the theory that it takes 000's of plays to wear out a dvd, and I can (For a 39 year old guy) sorta see why. Yes, it's more cheesy than a camembert factory, the plot is about as predictable as can be - but it is one of the most fun movies I've seen in a while.

What we have to remember, is that this is a "wholesome" movie from the Disney stable. There's nothing in this you'd be worried about your kids seeing.

For entertainment value, it has plenty. It's very colourful, and it's got some great dance setpieces - a couple of them almost instant classics.

Another reviewer has put that this is full of "20-somethings pretending to be 14". Someone there who obviously failed to check the facts - as a search on IMDB shows the average age at filming to be about 18/19. A far cry from Grease and certain 80's movies where grizzly adults pushing 30 were pretending to be of schoolage. For obvious reasons, it's hard for a filmmaker to get young kids to do complicated acting, and filmmakers nowadays have sure improved on yesteryear. As by the subject, I'd guess these character are supposed to be 15/16, I guess they haven't done badly at all.

Mentioning Grease, it's easy to see the comparisons, where the kids are getting excited about watching this movie, but this is - as already said - no Grease. Grease was good for it's day, but it's now an old movie, still good - but old and it's lost it's relevance for kids. Here we have a movie for today.

It's a simple feelgood movie aimed at 9-14 year olds, but with subject that many over and under that age will also enjoy. I wouldn't buy it for myself, but it's something I don't mind in the background. It's no "The Godfather" or "American Beauty", but what it does, it does well.

Me - first time I watched it, I just fancied going to play basketball.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High School Musical 27 Mar 2007
I am writing this for Tanaka, he is ten years old and thinks this film is brilliant. He says the songs are great, and he loves singing along to them. The film made him feel happy and he says he still feels happy when he thinks about it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooooooooo Good!* 13 Jan 2007
By Loriin
You have to watch this if you havent already, its brilliant! The actors/actresses are fab and you can relate to nearly all of them.

The storyline is very good and well written and the character are very good to watch.

The songs are excellent and the actors are very talented at singing aswell so i can see great things coming from them!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved Grease..... 24 Mar 2007
I bought this for one reason: I am a teacher and my year 1 class simply cannot stop talking about this film. Their favourite singers are "Troy and Gabriella", so I bought it to educate myself more than anything. What I got was about one and a half hours of entertaining fun! I am actually over 30, and I obviously realise this film was totally unrealistic, but this is heaven to a young child. Catchy songs, good looking kids, a great story and heart stopping choreography make this a definite must watch for anybody of any age really. It is inoffensive, there are no references to sex or swearing (which Grease does have throughout) so you can leave your kids to watch this on their own with no fear!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 21 Jan 2007
Ok its a well worn formula - cool popular team captain falls in love with brainy geeky but strangely good looking girl! its been used from romeo and juliet right up to grease. even the songs have a sense of well used routine to them (think the baskteball soundeffect hip hop number)

You think i dont like it? oh i LOVE it! i borrowed it off my little cousin and have so far watched it almost everyday, downloaded and learnt the songs and am working on the dance routines! Im 17 and at college so i dont fall into the "tweens" catagory this was supposed to appeal to but i really think this is for everyone, mums and dads included. An old fashioned family movie that most will enjoy without getting embarrssed in front of the little ones!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise!!! 28 Dec 2006
At first i thought that high school musical was stupid and lame (very cheesy!) but then i attually watched the film and it is better than it looks. The actors are great and the songs really get you envovled instead of just a boring movie with no singing or dancing. I wish that life could be like that and that we could suddenly break into song and dance! This is really good fun for all of the family!
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGH SCHOOL MUSCAL (2006) 5 Oct 2006
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This film is absolutely brilliant and is a must own on DVD. I first heard about it and saw it on the Disney Channel. It is a fantastic story with a hint of Grease, which I saw at the cinema in 1978 when I was 12 years old, I am now 41. The film has a great storyline dealing with love, music and school life in the USA. Outstanding songs which are on the now available soundtrack which I also own are Start of Something New, Get'cha Head In The Game, What I've Been Looking For, Breaking Free and We're All In This Together. If you have kids they will love it or if you are a kid at heart, like me then go and buy it. It Is Great.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rainy day must have.... 14 Oct 2006
By angie b
My two children had been going on about this for weeks, I finally succumbed to pester power and one rainy afternoon sat down with them to watch it. I have to admit I wasn't expecting to enjoy it. I like a good musical but this to me was more aimed at pre-teens far more than Grease had ever been. However I can say I was very pleasantly surprised. The general stroyline, lifted from the pages of Grease and put into a more modern context was well handled, yes you knew what the outcome was going to be but that didn't detract from the enjoyment of the journey to get there.

The songs are very catchy and I found myself humming them only after hearing them once. The young cast were excellent. All in all a rainy afternoon brightened and a very enjoyable way. I would recommend this to anyone with children as a good way to spend time together and maybe introduce them to the joy of musicals.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Glitchy DVD
Great DVD but the copy is glitchy.... ruined the show... shame really....look forward to a better copy... unhsppy overall.. s*** new amazon min word review
Published 4 months ago by Stuart Berry
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish
Wrong item sent. Opened the case and the wrong DVD was inside. It was a present for a friend so very disappointed
Published 4 months ago by SUSAN TINNING
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for research purposes
This was a fun teenage movie which we watched in readiness for going to see family who are appearing in the stage version through their drama group.
Published 5 months ago by Santa JT
4.0 out of 5 stars high school musical
Very fine piece , it kept my cousins enthralled.

Problem is they want the whole set. Why can't we in Britain make things like this?
Published 6 months ago by hermando
5.0 out of 5 stars Thx
Thx u I like the dvd I would come back to u again it is a gd dvd thx u
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for my granddaughter
This was to replace one that she had watched so many times it was worn out she loved it she. Is 7
Published 11 months ago by Liz Channon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for your little drama queens!!
Bought this for my little girl who's 4.5yrs old as she's now outgrowing cartoons and actually sitting through and enjoying films. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mins2501
5.0 out of 5 stars girls birthday present
this was purchased for my sons friend (high school musical fan). it arrived ahead of schedule and she was pleased with it.
Published 15 months ago by richard pendleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank u
This was a great item really pleased with it thank you my niece was so happy as we lost our first copy x
Published 16 months ago by Miss H Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars great feel good show.
The product arrived in really good time, was well packaged and lets be honest its a great feel good movie that my best friend and I used to watch when ill. Read more
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