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High School Musical 3 (and 1) on Blu-Ray

Published February 11, 2009 in DVD News
By Fred Topel | Image property of Walt Disney Pictures
High School Musical 3 Poster High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Disney’s big ticket teen movies are sure to be top selling Blu Rays. The theatrically produced High School Musical 3: Senior Year looks pretty spectacular. It’s total clarity, surely conceived for the ultimate home format. Every scene seems composed to optimize the screen.

Movie Review: High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Scenes are just stunning and colorful, stadiums filled with sweat red jerseys or blue and yellow cheerleaders. Nighttime parties filled with bopping kids in their matching red colors. High school halls sprinkled with a pink glow. The stage with all the sets and costumes, the junkyard with all its artificial rust, decorated teen bedrooms, prom… even different seasons seem distinct. The film’s lavish fantasy numbers are a neon dream, and the HD clarity shows all of Zac Efron’s sweaty intensity.

The interesting case is the Blu Ray remix of High School Musical 1. This was not conceived to be a phenomenon, let alone a hi-def endeavor. A widescreen edition is already a step up from the DVD I had, which was full frame. Maybe they did that for the subsequent DVDs so it’s not original.

Amazingly, it all holds up. Sweaty intensity, check. Color and clarity, check. The shots aren’t composed as densely, but what’s there is still bright and detailed. Suddenly basketball courts and auditoriums are empty. Hey, it just focuses you on the main characters. So they managed the same quality Blu Ray presentation, and the films serve as bookends on the growth of a phenomenon, letting you compare the vast difference in visual stimulation within two years and three films. How’s that for analyzing a Blu Ray?
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Sources: Image property of Walt Disney Pictures

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