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Genre: Children's DVDs / Universal, suitable for all / Director: Kenny Ortega / Actors: Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu ... / DVD released 2009-02-16 / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      05.05.2010 01:04
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      High School Musical 3 (DVD)

      Got to be my favourite of all the High School Musical Trilogy. When High School Musical came out I didn't have a clue what all the hype was about, I had never even really heard of it and didn't watch it until well after High School Musical 2 was released!
      By the time HSM 3 was released, I was the one in my family leading the hype and booking the tickets to the cinema as soon as they were going on sale and after watching this film, I'm glad I did! It's fantastic.
      Fingers crossed that there's going to be a HSM4.

      Troy Bolton (Zac Effron) and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) once again lead us into musical mayhem. Graduation is approaching an people have a lot of important decisions to make for their future. What better way to relieve some of the stress than having one big musical blow out in the form of their final show at East High.
      Sharpay decides that as none of her other classmates seem interested in performing, she will present a one woman show. Kelsey enters everyone into the auditions and gets mixed reactions, but after all it is the Last Dance for them.
      Gabriella is accepted for an academic scolarship at Stanford University early, this means leaving Toy, missing the Prom and being thousands of miles away and she doesn't know how to tell him.
      Troy has mysteriously had an applcation entered into the Juliard School of Dance and, surprises himself by being interested.
      Will Troy pick basketball over acting, will Gabriella make it to the prom.............

      Definately my favourite, the characters have grown up and seem to have more faith in their acting abilities. We see more of Kelsey and Ryan coming out of their shells and more chemistry between Troy and Gabriella.
      My favourite scene in this film is Troy and Gabriella's duet outside Stanford University. It shows the chemistry and how at ease they are wih eachother and gives a brilliant performance.
      My favourite character in this film has got to be Ryan Evans, sometimes he comes out with these amazing lines which are either so rediculous or so funny that you cant help but giggle until your sides ache.

      I would certainly recommend this and HSM1 & 2 to everyone. No matter what age it is an enjoyment for everyone.
      Heres to hoping for a HSM4..............

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      17.02.2010 11:46
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      The biggest and best of the High school musical films

      When the third instalment of high school musical was due to come out at the cinema I was both excited and upset. I couldn't wait to see this one on the big screen, all the others had only been shown on Disney channel and dvd, but also I was really sad to say goodbye to the characters.

      I love the first two films however and knew that they'd make a good ending of it. It would all end happily I was sure, despite some nasty rumours of break ups etc, as it was Disney after all.

      I went to the cinema with my sister to see it (and hid at the back so none of the young kids would laugh at us!)

      This is definitely the biggest and best of the three films and I couldn't believe how good it was.

      The story follows Troy, Gabriella and the gang through their senior year in high school. It charts their applications to college, their yearbook, their last senior musical and their prom. This year high school musical grew up as did the actors involved (Zac Effron in particular is looking mighty fine- which is ok to say now he actually looks like an adult!), as they have to make the big decisions about their future.

      Sharpee, Ryan and Kelsie are all fighting it out for a scholarship at the famous Juillard school of music. They find out though that they are also up against Troy, who's application was sent in by someone on his behalf. He laughs it off at first, him and best friend Chad were going to the University of Albuquerque together to play basketball and this had been decided since they were kids. However Troy starts thinking about it seriously and feels pulled in two directions at once.

      Gabriella mean while has already got an offer to go to Stanford, her dream college, but they want her to enrol early which would mean missing the musical, the prom and most of all Troy.
      Neither of them know what to do and they have some tough decisions to make. Will they stay together, will they make it to prom together even?

      But don't worry, as grown up as the film has got, it doesnt miss out on one ounce of flashy dance routines, unforgettable songs and above all cheese cheese cheese.
      The dance routines have got bigger and better this year and the film is jam packed full of songs, more than the other two films even. These range from cheesy love songs between Troy and Gabriella, like 'Can I have this dance' and 'Right here Right now' to flashy dance numbers such as 'I want it all' and 'a night to remember' which is my personal favourite not only as it is a great routine but it is absolutely hilarious as it shows them going off to prom.

      I won't give anything away of the ending, high school musical lovers need to see this for themselves if they haven't already. All I can say is that the ending is the right mixture of sad and happy.

      The DVD I bought as soon as it came out, I really couldn't wait. Not only does it have the film, which alone I love, it also has some great extras such as deleted scenes, cast interviews and a backstage look at some of the dance rehearsals.

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      10.01.2010 23:36

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      Great for a lazy sunday afternoon when feeling ill with the kids.

      High School Musical 3 - Cheesy! But actually - its great! It is Grease reinvented.

      The first time you see high school musical - any three of them you automatically cringe - if you are not 5 that is! But the acting is okay, the singing is in tune and the storylines, well are always happy ever after - great for the kids, fine for the adults and funny for the teenagers dragged along too. Also any number of teenage girls will go to any lengths to see Troy, aka, Zac Efron smiling, singing at them - even if it is only on TV!

      I was shocked at this final HSM, I thought I knew what the plot was going to be - how it would end and everything - but I got it wrong, their was a twist - and you will have to watch it if you are going to find out.

      Bad points - okay, not a movie to watch back to back with the other two, unless you are a serious Zac Efron fan, but a movie with fun, laughter and amusement - one that is actually bearable!

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      31.12.2009 21:23
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      My daughter was given this as a christmas present - she's a big fan of all the HSM films . I'm sadly not as much of a fan, but we settled down to watch this together .

      The film still has the same main cast as the last two films - Loverbirds Troy and Gabriella, twins Ryan and Sharpay (who has a huge crush on Troy) and friends Chad, Taylor, and Kelsi. It's their last year at school, and they decide to have one last big musical blow-out before graduating - a show centreing on the, and their hopes and dreams for the future . It's easy to play a role, but not so easy to let it all hang out and be yourself - something Troy learns as he tries to choose between Basketball, and Music . Gabriella meanwhile has her own set of worries - she's been accepted into an advanced placement program at college , but this means leaving school early, and missing the show and her prom .

      With all this teen angst and important decisions to be made, will the show be a success ? Will Troy have his leading lady, or will their paths prove too different to travel down together ? And will the friendships made so far survive the last year of High School ?

      I have to say, despite not particularly enjoying the last 2 HSM movies, I quite liked some pars of this one, perhaps because not only did the plot deal with some more mature issues than the last two, but also a coupld of the musical numbers took a much more rocky turn .

      The cast performances were fresh and energetic, and the storyline was quite interesting, if a bit simple, in places . However, there is still plenty of saccharine sweet cheesiness here, and I also think you would need to have watched the previous films to understand all of the relationships between the various members of the cast .

      Zac Efron, I'm pleased to say, stopped being quite so much of a good boy whilst playing Troy in this film, with a few little rebellious moments . Gabriella, played by Vanessa Hudgens, was as annoyingly sweet as ever - and there is just something about her singing voice that grates on my nerves .

      However, this is a kids film, so I can't be too hard on it . Whilst I , for the main part, simply adopted an attitude of patient tolerance while my daughter watched it, I did have a few little smiles. My daughter, however, adored it, and I have no doubt she'll be nagging me to put this on again the first chance she gets .

      Overall, I'm going with the rating my daughter would award - 5 stars . Whilst it wasn't for me, it did do the job and keep her entertained and interested throughout.

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        13.09.2009 14:27
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        Not just for kids

        I'm sure everyone in the world has come across something High School Musical related in the past few years, even without seeing it. It is without a doubt a worldwide phenomenon these days and popular with children and adults alike. I am one of these adults. I tried to avoid it for as long as possible, but at uni I was forced to watch it and actually enjoyed it.

        I am reviewing High School Musical 3, third in the series and as far as I know the last. There are rumours about a fourth film but it won't have any of the original cast in it, and I think its them that make the film so successful.

        HSM3 is a follow on from 1 and 2 and continues the love of Gabriella and Troy. Their relationship has come a long way (actual kissing scenes!) and they come across problems with their relationship also. East High is still as musical as ever, with some fantastic songs from the group and some brilliant dance routines to go with them. My favourite song in this film is 'The boys are back', it's a very catchy song and I love the dance to, it's much more complex than in other films and it's good to see how Zac Efron (Troy) and Corbin Bleu(chad) have come since the first film.

        I think this film was the most successful of the three as it was made much more professionally and was also the only one shown in the cinema, the rest were Disney channel exclusives.

        This film is also available on DVD and Blu-Ray from all the usual DVD stockists. There are also box sets available with all three films included.

        This is a must see if you are in to musicals, even if you don't think you will like it. I thought I wouldn't and I love the films now, there's something about them!

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          18.08.2009 17:29
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          Good film, good numbers, not as good as the first 2 films though

          The third and final instalment in this massive hit for Disney brings the brilliant cast back together again one last time. With a huge budget and guaranteed money to be made this was the only film of the 3 released into cinemas - the other 2 films premiered on the Disney Channel. Whilst this film is good and has some great songs and laughs in it, I am in the minority for thinking that it fell a little flat. I love the High School Musical brand and was really excited to see this latest instalment, but left the cinema feeling a little disappointed.

          So the premise is, it's the gangs final Year - Senior Year - at East High before they all leave for college in the fall. To mark the fact it's their final year they decide to organise a musical show. Quite why they need a reason I don't know, they've done a musical every other semester just for the hell of it! Anyway, so they start arranging the musical, Troy (Zac Efron) doesn't know what college he wants to go - his father is pushing him in one direction, Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) is going to a college quite a distance away and his heart is torn from what to do. Sharpay is up to her wicked ways again, although not quite so wicked in this film, and when Gabriella leaves school early she quickly jumps in and fills her role in the musical. They all also have to go to prom, and when Gabriella can't make it Troy makes sure she has a night to remember.

          In my opinion the story was a bit weak and was just too similar to the other two films. Will Troy sing in the musical, will he NOT sing in the musical - a bit of déjà vu going on here I am sure I've heard this somewhere before. Hmm. And by this third film you are kind of left thinking, well I don't think I really care that much anymore. Sing, don't sing, we don't care! Ashley Tisdale is a brilliant actress - she does the spoilt wicked little girl very well - but she just doesn't have enough to do here. She's not as bitchy in this film and it kinda spoils it. Although her song and dance numbers are as brilliantly over the top as they usually are - one of the better parts of this film. Troy and Gabriella still have the chemistry on screen (not surprising really since they are together in real life) and that carries the film for the most part. You want them to be together and stay together. The songs are great, the dance numbers are bigger and better especially the closing number creatively entitled 'High School Musical' which is very pleasing to watch. And it has a proper ending - you feel like this really is the final chapter and it's satisfying for a trilogy of films to close properly for once.

          All in all though, although its good, and Zac Efron looks as good as he usually does, it's all just a bit half hearted if you ask me. Zac Efron apparently had to be convinced into doing the third one as he wanted to get away from the 'Disney' tag, and I kinda get the feeling in this he's just willing it all to stop. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it - I did - but it's just not as good as the first two films. Worth a look though.

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          18.08.2009 15:16
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          A jewel from Disney, rounding off a huge sucess

          Reaching for the tissues, millions rush to the cinemas for the first time to see the Disney feature on the big screen and the last time to see the current cast perform.

          Now on DVD, the third of the Emmy Award winning series continues the famous faces' sucess, with more fun, laughter and high-school complications as they endure prom, their last performance on stage together and their graduation. It is, obviously, book-adapted, with further merchandise! Watch out for stage adaptions and more great things from this.

          I cried. Seriously, i did. We had followed Zac Efron (Troy), Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella), Monique Coleman (Taylor), Corbin Bleu (Chad), Lucas Grabeel-Ryan and twin brother of Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) through their rise to fame, international sucess and their growing to become established actors/singers despite their Disney reputation...

          High School Musical 3: Senior Year is the perfect round up for the much-loved young and talented. Released in 2008, Peter Barsocchini has done it again. With a great soundtrack that has a more memorable feel, and emotions run high with actors and audience alike, making the film have as strong a bond as the first film. In spite on mixed reviews, it recieved a great reception as before- with an $13.3 million budget compared to a $4.2 million to start with. Lasting 112 minutes, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me want to dance...featuring hits such as "Now or Never", "A Night To Remember" and "Can I Have This Dance".

          Avalible from £7.48, furthering the High School Musica merchandise and logo; and directed by the usual Kenny Ortega, it is a gem.

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          18.08.2009 14:44
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          Great ending to the trilogy

          HSM: Senior Year was released in 2008 and is the third instalment in the HSM series. The film is rated U and is 112 minutes long. HSM 3 received 10 award nominations and managed to win half of them although obviously no Oscar.

          Plot
          The gang are all in their senior year at East High but with that comes fears as well as realising their dreams. As well as having to choose a college, being prepared for prom and graduation, the gang are also going to take part in the end of year musical. To begin with no one really signed up for the show, but when Sharpay says she will do a one woman show, Kelsi signs everyone up, saying it will be their last chance to have fun together as a group.

          Of course, Troy and Gabriella get the lead roles, which displease Sharpay. She is still trying to get Troy away from Gabriella and uses to fact that she has been chosen for an honours programme at Stanford to get closer to him and her farther away. Each character has some hard choices to make in this film and Troy and Gabriella have the toughest choice of all. Will they be able to make plans than involve the both of them?

          Cast
          Zac Efron as Troy Bolton
          Vanessa Hudgens as Gabriella Montez
          Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans
          Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans
          Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth
          Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie
          Olesya Rulin as Kelsi Nielsen
          Chris Warren Jr. as Zeke Baylor
          Ryne Sanborn as Jason Cross
          Kaycee Stroh as Martha Cox
          Alyson Reed as Ms. Darbus
          Bart Johnson as Coach Jack Bolton
          Jemma McKenzie-Brown as Tiara Gold
          Matt Prokop as Jimmie "The Rocket-Man" Zara
          Justin Martin as Donnie Dion

          Trivia
          - The soundtrack is fifty-one minutes long, making it the longest album of the film series. The original length for each of the first two soundtracks was thirty-eight minutes.
          - Sharpay's ringtone is "Fabulous" from the second movie.
          - Gabriella's ringtone is "You Are the Music in Me" from the second movie.
          - Unlike the first two movies, Sharpay's locker has two doors instead of one.
          - If you look closely you can see all the leads in the movie are wearing matching gold rings with a red stone in it.

          My Opinion
          The first two films got me absolutely hooked to this series but after not loving the second film, I was apprehensive about #3. Normally with Disney films the original is the only good one e.g. the little mermaid or Aladdin. I went to see at the cinema and I was so glad I did. I had absolutely nothing to worry about in regards to this film being bad.

          Everything is bigger and better in this film. The songs and dance scenes are bigger and more elaborate, the costumes have more sparkle and Sharpay of course is meaner. As this was the only film to be released at the cinema, there was a lot of hype and advertising before the release. While the film did extremely well, I thought the story would have had a bit more to it than it did. I thought Disney would have pulled out all the stops for this film but they didn't seem to when it came to the plot. Saying that though, it was still enjoyable but mainly carried by the singing and dancing. At least the story is really easy for kids to follow.

          Where Zac Efron tries to act strong and tough when he is singing, it just seems like he is in pain. You would have thought he had the lip-syncing sorted out by now. Although he is a good actor, I found some of his singing scenes painful to sit through. So long as he is singing a soft song, he's ok though. I thought he was better overall as Link Larkin in Hairspray.

          Tiara Gold, played by Jemma McKenzie-Brown, was a fantastic addition to this film. Tiara is Sharpay's assistant but certainly gives her a run for her money in the bitchiness stakes. I did like this new character but she was very unbelievable, not in her acting, but because who seriously has an assistant in high school? I know Sharpay's family is rich but this is just a bit ridiculous.

          Troy and Gabriella still don't really have much chemistry on screen, despite being a real couple. I know the first two films were made for TV so were very tame but you would have thought that the love story would have been a bit more believable considering it made it to the big screen. I guess I feel like because I'm 23 and have seen more couples that are believable in films, but little kids will think it's sweet and they'll love it.

          There is some great songs in this film but still not as catchy as the soundtrack to the first film. I really loved the Sharpay and Ryan duet of 'I want it all' because it was really inventive and fun. I think the film is somewhat spoilt by the fact that the big end number is something we have seen before. We see the characters practising for the musical throughout the film and most of that is just repeated at the end.

          As I said about the first film, I think the HSM series steals some scenes from other films and programs. The scene where Chad asks Taylor to the prom is very similar to one in the O.C where Seth declares his love for Summer by doing it in front of most of the school. It really is a shame that the writers couldn't come up with something totally original.

          It seems like I have slated this film a little bit but I did really like it. It is thoroughly enjoyable the entire way through but be prepared for a very predictable ending. It was nice to see more of some of the minor characters in this film and see everyone get their happy ending. Kids are going to love this film, especially if they were fans of the other two. There will be a #4 in the series but it wont include any of the main cast and because of this I can see it being a bit of a flop.

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            10.08.2009 22:42

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            the wildcats have outdone themselves!

            As a firm fan of the happenings at East High School, I was first in line to see the 3rd High School Musical Movie. I felt a little sceptisism at the back of my mind, as the classic "disney trilogy" tends to disappoint (in a Grease 2 sort of fashion!)

            I could not have been more wrong. I bought the soundtrack seconds after leaving the theatre, to listen to an array of catchy and brilliant performances from the cast. The choreography is stepped up from the first 2 films, with Kenny Ortega adding in extra moves and some brilliant effects in "the boys are back" especially!!

            It is a little odd at first as the cast are a tad older than when we last see them, but the secondary characters in the story really come into their own, and bring some extra spice to the movie! Ryan and Kelsie in particular. It is very cheesy, soppy, romantic, and full of cliche's....but what more would you want from a disney movie :)

            Addictive and fun, you leave with a high and wish your school days were just like these.. best film of the year!

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            10.08.2009 00:45
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            Don't start the series with this film!

            I watched this film cause my cousin gave it to me to watch & I thought it would be the 1st film of the franchise, & I really thought I'd like it - but I didn't!
            I am a huge fan of musicals, adored Grease I & Fred Astaire & What's Up Doc with Barbra Streisand etc etc - but I really really hated this!

            First of all, the singing was terrible. I'm sorry but the voices were just whiney & most of all it sounded like Backstreet Boys singing, or Britney Spears in the mix! All the girls sounded like Britney Spears! (Since I totally hate music of those, it was really painful for me to listen!)
            I kept watching in case it would get better, but it didn't!

            There was a lot of dancing too, mostly too 'Backstreet Boys-e' & 'Britney-ish' for my taste too.. some lovely scenes with Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens on the terrace.. most other scenes were too lavish & too 'unbelievable' for my taste.. Honestly what real high school could afford such 'luxury' scenes with so many dancers etc?

            The shining stars of this movie are of course Zac Efron & Vanessa Hudgens, who are totally adorable as high school sweethearts Troy and Gabriella.

            Ashley Tisdale was properly hate-able as the evil blondie Sharpay Evans (how can you not hate anyone who gets a personal assistant - in high school?) and I loved her ambitious 'assistant' too.
            Lucas Grabeel did look a bit gay in the role of Ryan Evans, not sure if this was explored further in other movies?

            I loved the sidekick characters Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth (mainly due to the afro!) & the guy who nags Troy all the time & steals the scene in the stage musical at the end!

            However, the story is majorly lacking, so if you haven't seen the previous two movies, DON'T start here! (I did, & mostly hated it!)
            Maybe if I had seen the previous two movies (usually film I is best anyway!) I'd have a different opinion of this film, as it is, I really hated it.

            I had the idea to maybe watch film 1, but someone on imbd says the songs have 'improved' in film3? Yikes! (not sure I dare to watch it then!)

            It's basically almost on the par with Grease 2 & that was really, really horrible!!

            There are too many cliches (the happy sweethearts, evil blondie who wants to get the part etc) there is nothing really original or admirable about this movie except some of the actors!

            Some scenes are very repetitive: for example the start scene with a sports game is basically repeated 'on stage' - scenes in life and in 'musical' are repeated, and almost exactly the same! You basically have to suffer through almost every song twice! They could have at least made them a bit different, or ommitted the repetitiveness..

            I'm glad the film made a lot of money for the film makers and was a good career start for some of the actors but well - for anyone not into 'bubblegum pop' or voices put through machines, a terrible film indeed!!

            Only for fans of Britney Spears or the franchise!

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              High School Musical 3

              I had seen High School Musical 1 and 2, and didn't think too much of them even when all of my friends seemed to be in love with the franchise. When the third instalment was released, I wasn't really too bothered about going to see it, but lots of my friends wanted to go and see it and there was so much buzz generated about it, I thought that I would see if it actually did live up to all the hype.

              I didn't expect too much from the film, basically expecting it to be cheesy and predictable with a few catchy songs, the one major advantage being Zac Efron though!

              So, what's happening? Its the gangs senior year, and everyone is leaving and choosing what to do with their future, while at the same time struggling to say goodbye to each other and getting their feelings out through a musical staged with the drama club, called "senior year." Gabrielle and Troy try to see where their relationship is heading, after finding out that they are going to colleges thousands of miles apart, while planning the end of senior year. Chad takes his time asking Taylor to the prom, and worries about how things might change when the year is through. Tiara Gold turns up to be Sharpay's assistant, who is trying to ruin the senior play and take it over for herself, while Ryan is pulling away from her and towards Kelsey.
              Critics think that after starring in the High School Musical films, the main actors wont be taken seriously, but some of them actually show quite a wide range in this film, and develop into much more interesting people than just the jock or nerd that we saw in the first film, and partially the second film.

              Zac Efron was my favourite in the last two films, because he is quite nice to look at, at least something about the films my friends agree with me on, and he performed just as well in this as he did in the previous two. It seems like you see the teenagers grow up on the screen, there's quite a difference with him than High School Musical. For me the one who stood out in this film was Ryan, who made a step away from Sharpay and showed a different side of his personality as he was more involved in the film, which is similar for Kelsey as we saw much more of her than in previous films. Ashley Tisdale plays Sharpay, and she basically has the same role as in all the other films, ruin the play and get Troy, but this can get a bit repetitive really, even if she is rather good at playing the role. Vanessa Hudgens is probably the main actress, and is portrayed as the nerd and good girl who gets the good grades but encourages people to break the status quo, while she has some difficult decisions to make. Finally the last one of the main six is Taylor who is played by Monique Coleman.

              The soundtrack was as expected from High School Musical, a range of solo and group harmonies with ballads and faster numbers, which critics will mostly slate as cheesy teen pop. However I did quite like it, and ended up buying a few of the songs from iTunes when I got home from the cinema. For me, the strongest songs from the soundtrack were Walk Away, High School Musical and A Night To Remember. It is also quite similar to the previous soundtracks, with songs from Ryan and Sharpay, solos from Gabrielle and whole cast ensembles.

              The DVD is available in just about every shop that sells DVDS, you could try Asda, Tesco, HMV, Borders or a website such as amazon or play.com. The price is around the £9 mark as its quite recent and still very popular.

              You'll like it if you like Disney in general, the previous films, Zac Efron and much more!

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              02.08.2009 17:16
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              a definate return to form

              The Wildcats are back and this time its senior year. As the East High gang face graduation and all going their seperate ways we see Troy (Zac Efron) wanting to go to a nearby university on a basketball scolarship. But his girlfriend Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) wants to go to New York and study at the Juliard School of the Arts. Of course there is also going to be an end of year final school musical in which the shallow and spoilt Sharpay tries once again to be the centre of attention. Her side kick twin brother is also there of course but has rather suprising plans for when school finishes. They are also joined by other regulars Chad and Taylor who are also coming to terms with the impending reality of life after high school. Will the gang all go their seperate ways and what will happen to our favourite singing couple?

              As a fan of the first High School Musical I was rather disappointed with the second installment but the third is a definate return to the top. As the other films were made for television and this is noticeably made for the big screen with bigger and better musical episodes, sets and costumes.

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                31.07.2009 21:33
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                The third (and final?) High School Musical film

                Having watched and been a (reluctant) fan of the previous two High School Musical films, I was looking forward to this one, cheese and all! Taking cues and scenes from magical shows such as Grease, HSM3 takes up the story of a group of High School students as they prepare for their senior year, complete with college decisions and everything.

                Jock Troy Bolton and the love of his life, brainiac Gabriella Montes, are the school's sweethearts, with friends Chad, Kelsey and others equally as popular. Then there are the Evans' siblings, a family with money, and I suppose talent, but a large amount of theatrics and ego to boot. All in all, the characters work together very well, and the cast do a pretty good job of convincing us of the roles they play.

                Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens have gone lunar in terms of showbiz, but it's not just luck that has landed them in this situation. They are very talented singers, dancers and actors, and they have great screen presence. I suppose it's mainly that they're believable and this goes a long way when constructing something aimed predominantly at kids, to give them an idea of how idyllic a life could be, despite and because of all of the tricky decisions there could be. Being the main centre fo stage on sch a huge trio ofi films cannot be easy, but they blend well with the other co-stars, who also do a fantastic job of singing, dancing and acting.

                The main focus of the film is the end of year drama performance, where the Juilliard School of Drama (the mutt's nuts of performing colleges) will decide if one of 4 potential candidates get a scholarship. On the way to this show is their finals, the prom, and some tricky colege and future decisions from all invovled. For Troy in particular, he has set his sights on a particular college since he was tiny due to the basketball team there, hoping to pin his future as a player. For Gabriella, it could be Stanford, a huge deal, and would mean a lot of distance between her and Troy.

                All other characters have other such dilemmas facing them, and it was nice to see that they didn't just paint a picture of utopia, with the huge white picket fenced houses with balconies and treehouses. Sure, there is this element, but the reality of teenage angst is explored in a decent amount of depth.

                However, the film is called High School Musical, and so the bulk is, really, on how they go about everything, using the medium of song. To me, it seemed as if there was more singing and dancing in this film than the other two. There are more solos, with one particular one from Troy towards the end being particularly powerful. The main song I suppose is a duet between Troy and Gabriella, and is repeated a couple of times. I found it to be less of a 'wow' song than the previous two films have mustered, and in general the film doesn't quite have the kick to it throughout. The ending does, though, so hold on to your hats if you liked the first two. This one is even better.

                Director Kenny Ortega has done a fabulous job. I can only imagine how much all the performances cost, because they have really gone to town on some of the numbers here. Simon Cowell would hate it, absolutely hate it, as there are gimmicky props and dancing for everything. It's flashy and flamboyant beyond belief. For me, I loved it, and found the plot was decent enough as well. It dealt with things in a light hearted manner but didn't fall into the trap of painting everything as a perfect picture. This gave it a bit more bite as a drama, and improved the overall feel, so I thought.

                The DVD is available for £9.98 from amazon.co.uk at the moment, and is unlikely to drop much in price, it being a Disney production. I saw it a while back so have not had the chance to check out the extras, and so this is a film only review, but it is a film that's definitely worth watching, irrespective of the extras. If you were a fan of the previous two, you'll absolutely love it!

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                  29.07.2009 17:27

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                  A film kids will adore but i'm sure adults will also secretly like it too

                  i am a huge fan of high school musical (i'm going to shorten it to HSM) and the films has been extremely popular, much to everyone's surprise. If your looking for great cinematography, original screenplay and acting at it's best then this is not the film for you. But what it lacks in technicalities it makes up for in fun, enthusiasm and cuteness. This film like the other two is a really cute kids film which makes you want to sing and dance along.

                  This is the the third and last of the HSM trilogy and it's just as cheesy, just as theatrical as the last two. It sees the East High Wildcats as they spend their last year in high school before they graduate. They have the prom, basketball matches and of course a show. Troy and Gabriella have their ups and downs and there are new songs and new dances. The songs are catchy and lively and will stick in your heads. The choreography and dancing is not much different to the last two films. It's energetic, exaggerated and slightly cringey yet you still can't help but love it.

                  This is by all means a kids film and kids will love it however, if you're forced to watch it with them i'm sure you'll have a great time watching it too. The film's upbeat, happy and full of energy and it makes you feel like a kid again. The whole cast is the same which is great because i hate when they change the leads and there are also a couple of new characters. It'll brings you a couple of laughs and smiles and it's just a really cute film.

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                  Worth a watch

                  High school Music 3 is a sequal to the previous two high school musical (HSM) movies. The first one featured the two main characters (troy and gabriella played by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens) meeting and starting their relationship. There are two main characters with four other extras which form the main group of six characters. (Ashley Tisdale plays Sharpey, Lucas Gabriel plays Ryan, Monique Coleman plays Taylor and Corbin Blu plays Chad). HSM3 shows all of the cast becoming seniors and getting ready to grow up and make critical decisions which will affect their futures and wheere they go to college and what schools their future holds. Troy deciedes that his future lies in singing and playing basketball - his much loved sport. Gabriella decides that she has an academic future and gets accepted early to a great school. This is a good movie and has a lot of good characters and a good plot.

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