It's a tween world after all with this week's releases from Buena Vista Home Entertainment, available June 26th.
All in this together (l. to r.): Coleman, Grabeel, Hudgens, Seeley, Tisdale and Bleu.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE CONCERT - EXTREME ACCESS PASS (2007)
Starring Corbin Bleu, Monique Coleman, Lucas Grabeel, Vanessa Hudgens, Drew Seeley and Ashley Tisdale
The HSM juggernaut continues with the DVD release of this "D-Concert" from the Disney Channel. Edited from a live performance in Houston, High School Musical: The Concert stays true to its source with all the chronically catchy tunes from last year's Boy-Meets-Girl-Boy-Loses-Girl-Boy-Gets-Girl-Back-Boy-and-Girl-Sing-Perfect-Harmony-Without-Benefit-of-Rehearsal-in-a-High-School-From-an-Alternate-Universe phenomenon.
Darned if it isn't entertaining though ("Hello, my name is disneytim and I really like 'Stick to the Status Quo'"). The gang continues to be fresh and energetic, with effusive "thank yous" expressed at the end of every song (cue girlish screams). All the original lead cast is there, with the exception of Zac Efron, East Side High's star basketballer Troy, who was off filming Hairspray with John Travolta. Drew Seeley, who co-wrote, "Get'cha Head in the Game," fills in adequately, even if he does lack Efron's boyish charm.
Several of the cast get turns to show off solo material (Hudgens, Tisdale and Bleu), but the one to keep your eye on is Corbin Bleu, who continues to display the most talent and charisma of the group.
HSM: The Concert is a slick, sweet confection just like you'd expect, and it arrives in plenty of time to promote HSM 2, premiering on the Disney Channel August 17th. If you didn't know, I'm sure your kids did.
- "High School Musical: On The Road" - A behind the scenes look at the 42-city HSM concert tour, hosted by Lucas Grabeel.
- Jordan Pruitt - HSM: The Concert's opening act performs a selection of songs.
- "U Direct" - View the concert from four different camera angles and mix them together to create your own concert. A cute gimmick, but the screens are small and slow to respond to your direction.
(l. to r.) Mitchel Musso, Emily Osment, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jason Earles.
HANNAH MONTANA: POP STAR PROFILE (2007)
Starring Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus
Not so much a "profile" as a collection of four episodes from the Disney Channel fave. Miley Cyrus is pop superstar Hannah Montana, trying to keep her celebrity hidden from her schoolmates so she can be a normal kid. Episodes include "New Kid in School," "More Than a Zombie to Me," "Good Golly Miss Dolly" (with Dolly Parton), and "People Who Use People."
"The Real Miley Cyrus" - A profile of Miley, with comments from her real-life and on-screen families.
"Nobody's Perfect" - Miley in Hannah mode performs live.