High School Musical 2: Extended Edition (2022)

High School Musical 2: Extended Edition

Ratings (out of five)

  • Movie: 4
  • Audio: 4
  • Video: 4
  • Goodies: 4
  • Interface: 4
  • Value: 4

Specifications

  • Suggested retail price: 29.99
  • Feature run time: 111 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: full frame 1.33.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

The Movie

The gang at East High is out of school for the summer. Scheming drama queen Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) decides on a whim that Troy, basketball star and "special friend" of Gabriella, should be her boyfriend and singing partner at the local country club's summer talent show. She arranges for Troy (Zac Efron) to get a job at the country club, but soon the whole Wildcat student body is working there as well (who knew basketball players had such mad cooking skillz?) To keep Troy at her side, Sharpay makes him an offer she thinks he can't refuse—a chance at a college basketball scholarship—forcing Troy to choose between his friends and his future. Or does he have to choose? Hmmm, sound like the perfect time to break into song.

To most Disney Channel fans, HSM2 was the event of the summer, and over 17 million viewers tuned in on August 17 to see if the sequel was half as good as the beloved original movie. On its debut night, HSM racked up some pretty impressive stats: it now ranks as the most-watched cable program of all time, and the most watched program across the board among kids 6-14 years old. In addition, the HSM2 soundtrack debuted at no.1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, a first for a TV movie soundtrack. But is the movie any good, or is it just coasting on the success of the first movie?

(Video) High School Musical 2 Music Videos 🎶 | Throwback Thursday | Disney Channel

The good news is that HSM2 stands on its own as a quality movie. The songs are just as catchy as in the first film, and the dancing is even better. A couple of the numbers, "I don't dance" and "what time is it," are honest-to-goodness showstoppers. Aside from a few plot irritations—why does Sharpay go from bratty girl to sweet girl in the first movie and then change back to super-bratty girl in the second movie? And why are the kids so quick to forgive and forget her bad behavior, especially since she never comes out and apologizes to them? Oh that's right, it's a pretend movie.

Most of the other characters and plot points are palatable; Sharpay's brother Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) emerges as a star in his own right, as his character undergoes a fun transformation while singing and dancing up a storm. The romance between Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) and Troy is refreshingly restrained, with a little kiss at the end to seal their reconciliation. Director Kenny Ortega is in his element on the Disney Channel, delivering upbeat, non-threatening entertainment with a positive message for kids, and HSM2 succeeds on all levels. The extended edition aspect of HSM2 is an added scene and song worked into the movie. The song, "Humuhumunukunukua'pua'a" (try transcribing that song title under one minute—I dare you) was included in the HSM2 soundtrack but never appeared in the TV telecast. It's a fun little scene with Sharpay demonstrating her talent show number for Troy with Ryan and a host of Polynesian-costumed extras. The song was released on the soundtrack, so most fans are already familiar with the tune, and should be pleased with the scene added back into the film.

(Video) Opening to High School Musical 2: Extended Edition UK DVD (2007)

The Goodies

Sing Along with HSM2

This is an easy way to see the best part of the movie—the song and dance numbers—and have a lyrical cheat sheet on the bottom of the screen. You can choose "play all" to run through each song.

High School Musical Karaoke

This feature is formatted in the same way as the Sing Along option, but with a twist. All the vocals in the musical numbers have been removed so you can have a karaoke experience. The lyrics are arranged in the same way as in the Sing Along version.

(Video) High School Musical 2 Doesn't Even Try To Make Sense (And Yet...)

Rehearsal Cam

Kenny Ortega introduces this special feature and explains the options for viewing the rehearsal footage. If you choose the "bounce" option, the rehearsal footage will run first, then the finished version of the song number plays directly afterwards. There is also an option for the rehearsal footage alone. This is one of the best features of the DVD, as it shows each step of the rehearsal process and how the dancers and actors worked with the director and choreographers on each step to perfect the numbers for filming.

Bloopers

The standard blooper reel, mainly featuring the young cast making silly faces. My favorite clip shows Sharpay's dad hitting a golf-ball right into his movie-wife's chest, hard. Funny in an "America's Funniest Home Video" kind of way.

(Video) High School Musical 2 - Humuhumunukunukuapua'a

Music Videos

The music videos included on the disc are not your standard Disney Channel star-wants-to-make-a-music-video dreck. Canadian Nikki Yanofsky has two versions of "Gotta Go My Own Way" included, first in French, and again in English. There is also a Spanish language version of "You Are the Music in Me," as well as the original version from the movie. All four videos include clips of the film. The French and Spanish versions are the most interesting to listen to, but none have stellar production values. However, I appreciated the different approach to the "Music and More" section of the bonus features.

Audio, Video and Interface

My only complaint with HSM2 when I first viewed it on the Disney Channel was the horrendously poor quality of the audio portions of the musical numbers. When the characters would head into their musical numbers, the quality of the audio would markedly drop. The soloists seemed to be lost in a sea of background singers and tinny instrumentals. I had to walk out of the room a few times it irritated me so much. The key to a successful movie musical is that the audience never really notices when the character transitions from dialogue to song—it should be so seamless that the viewer is carried along with the character's convictions and inner thoughts and accepts it all being put to music. With the poor audio quality during the debut telecast, the seamless quality ground to a screeching halt.

(Video) Troy, Gabriella - You Are the Music in Me (From "High School Musical 2")

Reviewing the DVD, I was so happy to hear the wonderful quality of the DVD Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Each character's voice is singled out loud and clear during their solos, and the transitions are now perfectly unobtrusive. The DVD is presented in 1.33.1 aspect ratio and looks much the same as it did when it first aired on the Disney Channel, minus the commercial breaks.

The Final Evaluation

There are only a few things that would make HSM2: Extended Edition a better value and a better DVD release. I would have enjoyed a commentary option featuring Kenny Ortega and perhaps the choreographers. And would it have hurt to include "The Road to High School Musical," the short features used as previews to the premiere of the movie on the Disney Channel? And how about footage of the world premiere party at the Disneyland Resort? Don't get me wrong—this is an excellent DVD package—much improved over the first DVD release of the original High School Musical. However, I just spent several days enjoying the bonus features on another movie musical DVD release—Hairspray—and I must say that the Disney Channel has a ways to go to satisfy their HSM fans the way that the Hairspray franchise has. Regardless, I consider the HSM2: Extended Version a worthwhile purchase and a nifty stocking stuffer for the East High fan in your life.

(Video) High School Musical Cast - Work This Out (From "High School Musical 2")

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FAQs

Is there an extended version of High School Musical 2? ›

It's time to sing and dance because there's so much more to celebrate in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2: EXTENDED EDITION. Experience the movie in a whole new way with a never-before-seen music sequence and rehearsal footage, plus sing lead vocals with High School Karaoke.

Is there an extended version of HSM3? ›

This 3-disc deluxe extended edition ensures your 'HSM3' fanatic will be able to play this movie any time their tween heart desires.

Is High School Musical 4 really coming out? ›

Yes! Season 4 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is officially in production. Tim Federle posted a behind-the-scenes photo of Joshua Bassett on September 20, 2022. “We're back, baby!

Is Humuhumunukunukuapua A in the original High School Musical 2? ›

"Humuhumunukunukuapua'a" is the eleventh song on the High School Musical 2 soundtrack. It was not used in the movie itself but is part of a deleted scene. It is performed by Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) and Ryan (Lucas Grabeel). It was also included on the Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure soundtrack.

How old was Gabriella HSM 2? ›

Troy's love interest and musical partner, Gabriella Montez, is also 16 or 17.

Why does Gabriella leave in hsm2? ›

Troy explains that he was only acting this way because of the scholarship. Gabriella can't take this so she breaks up with him and quits leaving Troy brokenhearted ("Gotta Go My Own Way").

Is High School Musical 4 Real or fake? ›

Although it was never made, fans still have hope that the stars will reunite one more time. Unfortunately, it seems like director Kenny Ortega doesn't have a High School Musical 4 in the works any time soon. “[It] isn't in my thinking,” he told Variety in January 2021 when celebrating the HSM 15-year anniversary.

Did Sharpay go to Juilliard? ›

Sharpay does not receive a scholarship to Juilliard and decides to pursue a "Performing Arts" degree at the University of Albuquerque. She has agreed to return to East High to assist Ms. Darbus with the drama department and to continue her reign over Tiara.

Is High School Musical a version of Romeo and Juliet? ›

Based on the wildly successful Disney Channel original movie written by Peter Barsocchini, it's a modern adaptation of Romeo & Juliet. Set on the campus of East High, High School Musical tells the story of two high school juniors who hail from rival cliques.

Are Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens in HSMTMTS? ›

Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens not in HSMTMTS season 3, says Corbin Bleu | EW.com.

Is Nini in season 4 of HSMTMTS? ›

Back in July 2022, after her character was reduced from regular to recurring, showrunner Tim Federle confirmed that season 1 and 2 star Olivia Rodrigo would not be returning to reprise her role as Nini Salazar-Roberts in future seasons of the show.

Is Gabriella from HSM Hispanic? ›

Physical Appearance. Gabriella is a tan-skinned young lady of hispanic descent with brown hair and brown eyes.

Why did Ryan and Chad switch clothes? ›

"It wasn't a long-term premeditated thing," Grabeel told Insider of the outfit switch. The actor said that after filming the musical number, they were "playing around with some dialogue and different ways we could do it" for the scene that followed.

Did Gabriella and Troy kiss HSM? ›

Troy and Gabriella don't actually have their first kiss until the end of this movie. Though Troy and Gabriella are dating after the events of the first movie, they don't have their first kiss until the end of "High School Musical 2."

What does the T on Gabriella's necklace mean? ›

Their unlikely relationship—based, apparently, on mutual respect and catchy song-and-dance numbers—is still going strong; so much so that Troy gives Gabriella a pretty little necklace with a big “T” pendant. The “T” stands for Troy.

Who almost played Gabriella in HSM? ›

Ashley Tisdale originally auditioned for the role of Gabriella Montez, but director Kenny Ortega thought she would do better in the role of Sharpay Evans. It took 24 days to film this movie.

Is Ryan older than Sharpay? ›

Sharpay and Ryan Evans (Sharpay's fraternal twin brother) are the co-presidents of the East High Drama Club, Sharpay is about eight minutes older than Ryan and her parents are the owners of the Lava Springs Country Club.

Is Gabriella the villain? ›

Although viewers may have trusted that Sharpay and Ryan were a force to be defeated when we were younger, it's clear that Gabriella and Troy were always the real villains.

Does Gabriella in HSM have a dad? ›

Not much is known about her husband, Gabriella's dad, except for the fact that he taught Gabriella how to waltz when she was a little girl. She is one of the few characters who instantly approve Troy Bolton and Gabriella's relationship, unlike her daughter's friends.

How many miles away were Troy and Gabriella? ›

At the end of 'Senior Year', Troy reveals that he's made the decision to attend UC Berkeley to study both basketball and theater, a school that is only 32.7 miles away from "the person who inspires his heart." Gabriella is extremely touched by this, and, after graduating, the two head off to college, still together.

Who is Troy Boltons girlfriend? ›

Troy is the most popular student at East High, making him the "Golden Boy". He meets his future girlfriend Gabriella Montez at a lodge while on vacation and the two sing together.

Will there be a High School Musical 5? ›

On 12 March 2017, a controller of Disney Channel, had announced a fifth and final installment of High School Musical would premiere worldwide some-point in 2018, with filming commencing in late 2017.

Is East High from HSM a real school? ›

Zac Efron posted an Instagram snap of himself Friday in front of East High School, the real-life high school in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he filmed “High School Musical.” The 2006 film made Efron a teen icon and led to two sequels.

Does Zac Efron want High School Musical 4? ›

Head in the game AND heart in the song. Everyone, stop what you're doing — Zac Efron wants to make a High School Musical 4. This is not a drill! While promoting his new film Firestarter, a reboot of the 1984 Stephen King adaptation, Zac told E! News that he would “of course” be interested in a HSM reboot.

Is Sharpay's hair a wig? ›

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Ashley Tisdale wore a blonde wig while filming the movie. Ashley Tisdale and Austin Butler both starred in the film Aliens in the Attic (2009), playing cousins.

How did Sharpay not see Gabriella? ›

However, Gabriella was in the bathroom the entire time Sharpay was looking around — so where did she hide? Well, according to the movie, she was hiding behind the wall that Sharpay passed several times … in plain sight. At one point, Sharpay looks directly at the spot where Gabriella is supposed to be hiding!

Is Sharpay Evans a villain? ›

Sharpay knows she is the main character, and she will do whatever she thinks is necessary for herself. Sharpay is not a villain, but a morally grey protagonist.

Is Juliet 13 or 16? ›

The original title of the play was The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. In Shakespeare's original story, Romeo is given the age of 16 years and Juliet is given the age of 13 years.

How much did Zac Efron make from High School Musical? ›

Multiple sources suggest that Zac was only paid around $100,000 for the first movie. Once HSM became the most commercially successful Disney Channel Original Movie (!!!) however, things began to look up for the young star. By High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Zac was making an estimated $3 million to $5 million.

Is there anything inappropriate in High School Musical? ›

There is no profanity, sex, smoking, or alcohol or drug use.

Will Olivia Rodrigo be in HSM 3? ›

Olivia Rodrigo will officially return to star as Nini in season 3. Ever since High School Musical: The Musical: The Series first aired on Disney+ back in 2019, Olivia Rodrigo has been one of the show's main cast members playing the lead role of Nini Salazar-Roberts.

Who does Selena Gomez play in High School Musical? ›

Selena Gomez was almost cast in HSM 3 as Tiara Gold, Sharpay's new rival. But, the Disney darling decided to turn down the role "because I didn't want to do it," she told the New York Daily News at the time. "I plan to take other roles in acting that are challenging for me.

Will Olivia Rodrigo be in High School Musical? ›

In a July 2022 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Tim confirmed that Olivia will not be reprising her role as Nini.

Do Gina and Ricky get together? ›

A lot that happened in the finale, from Ricky and Gina finally getting together, Ashlyn and Big Red both had big epiphanies about their sexuality, EJ was figuring out his future post-graduation.

Does Nini have a dad HSMTMTS? ›

She is the daughter of Marvin who was raised by her two moms Carol and Dana Salazar-Roberts. She was a junior at East High School in Season 1 and Season 2.

Is Zac Efron in HSMTMTS Season 4? ›

HSMTMTS creator Tim Federle responds to rumors of Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens returning, revealing that as of now, the two are not in season 4.

Are Filipinos Hispanic? ›

What about Brazilians, Portuguese and Filipinos? Are they considered Hispanic? People with ancestries in Brazil, Portugal and the Philippines do not fit the federal government's official definition of “Hispanic” because the countries are not Spanish-speaking.

Did Zac Efron sing in HSM? ›

Although Zac played the role in the film, the vocals were actually provided by actor Drew Seeley.

What ethnicity is Nini from High School Musical? ›

She is the second major Filipina character in the series, the first being Gabriella who she plays as.

Does Ryan like Chad? ›

Chad Danforth and Ryan Evans is a friendship pairing in the High School Musical series. They didn't like each other at first, but during High School Musical 2 they become friends.

Does Ryan have a crush on Gabriella? ›

It is to be noted that, while he is said to have a "crush" on Gabriella Montez, but noticeably reacts in the manner of a school girl whenever Troy enters the vicinity. During Season 1, Ryan is seen wearing more obviously flamboyant clothing than in the other two years.

Are Taylor and Chad from High School Musical together? ›

And no, Bleu and Coleman are not dating IRL. Bleu is engaged to Sasha Clements — who are both on Say Yes to the Dress — while Coleman married Walter Jordan in 2012. While they may not be together in the real world, they'll always be together in Disney's world.

Who is the villain in High School Musical 3? ›

Tiara Gold is a foreign exchange student from London who goes to East High where she meets Sharpay. She serves as the main antagonist of High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

How old is Troy and Gabriella in HSM 2? ›

Troy's love interest and musical partner, Gabriella Montez, is also 16 or 17. Gabriella met Troy at a New Year's Eve party. When the two are called upon to sing a karaoke duet, it's immediately apparent they have chemistry.

Who is the villain in High School Musical? ›

Sharpay Evans is the main antagonist of High School Musical and High School Musical 2, and is the titular protagonist of Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.

Did Troy ever ask Gabriella out? ›

When you think about it, Troy and Gabriella were never *officially* together. "Troy never actually asked Gabriella to be his girlfriend," one fan pointed out.

What happens to Troy and Gabriella After High School Musical 3? ›

She announces at graduation that she will be doing prelaw, despite her science and computer skills. Troy chose to go to UC Berkeley to pursue basketball and theater, and most importantly, be close to Gabriella — yikes.

What age is High School Musical appropriate for? ›

Great for kids 9 and up! A little flirting, no bad words, great for tweens. Troy and his dad say a few heated words but they make they make up. There are no kisses on lips and there's only a kiss on the cheek between Gabriella and Troy.

How many versions of High School Musical 2 are there? ›

Like its predecessor, High School Musical 2 has been adapted into two different theatrical productions: a one-act, 70-minute version and a two-act full-length production. This stage production includes the song "Hummuhummunukunukuapua'a" that was left out of the original movie but included in the DVD.

Is there a high school musical 3? ›

High School Musical 3: Senior Year premiered in London on October 17, 2008, and was theatrically released in the United States one week later, making it the only theatrical release in the franchise.

Are they making a season 3 of High School Musical? ›

Season 3 of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series premiered on July 27th, 2022.

How many episodes will High School Musical The series season 2 have? ›

Before the series debuted, it was renewed by Disney+ for a second season containing 12 episodes, which premiered in May 2021. The third season premiered in July 2022, consisting of eight episodes; a fourth season is in production.

Why is Miley Cyrus in High School Musical 2? ›

Miley Cyrus has a brief cameo during the last song.

Cyrus had been chosen to make a cameo in the movie after fans voted online. At the time, she was known for her role on the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana."

Will Olivia Rodrigo be in HSM3? ›

Olivia Rodrigo will officially return to star as Nini in season 3. Ever since High School Musical: The Musical: The Series first aired on Disney+ back in 2019, Olivia Rodrigo has been one of the show's main cast members playing the lead role of Nini Salazar-Roberts.

Is Nini in season 3 of Hsmtmts? ›

Olivia Rodrigo officially left her role as Nini during the High School Musical: The Musical: The Series season 3 finale.

Is Zac Efron in High School Musical 4? ›

Details: When the 34-year-old actor was asked in a May interview with E! News if he would be interested in a fourth “High School Musical” movie, Efron responded with no hesitation: yes.

Why is Nini not in season 3? ›

Olivia played the role of Nini Salazar-Roberts on the beloved Disney+ show since it first premiered in 2019. According to Tim, Olivia is departing from HSM:TM:TS to continue pursuing her uber-successful music career that took off after she released her Grammy-winning single, "Drivers License," in 2021.

Who does Nini end up with? ›

Act Two. In the Season finale, Nini gets thrown off by the fact that E.J. is now in Ricky's role. While singing Breaking Free, E.J. decides to step aside so that Nini can sing with Ricky. After the curtain call, Ricky confesses his love for her and she confesses her love for him and they kiss.

Is Olivia in season 3 of HSMTMTS? ›

Olivia Rodrigo is coming back to High School Musical: The Musical: The Series just in time for the season 3 finale.

Is there any kissing in high school musical 2? ›

There is only one kiss in the whole movie, no cursing, no violence at all, no sex, no drug use and consumerism I dont really keep track of. It's really good you should see it! Great acting! Wonderful music.

How many episodes are in season 3 of Hsmtmts? ›

Chronology. Season 3 of Disney+ High School Musical: The Musical: The Series premiered on July 27, 2022 and concluded on September 14, 2022. It consisted of 8 episodes.

Who plays Mr Wood in Hsmtmts? ›

Fans of Disney Channel's Hannah Montana will be thrilled to see Jason Earles in this season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series as Dewey Wood, Camp Shallow Lake's strict camp director.

Videos

1. High School Musical Cast - Work This Out (From "High School Musical 2")
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2. High School Musical Cast - All For One (From "High School Musical 2")
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3. Chad, Ryan - I Don't Dance (From "High School Musical 2")
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4. Sharpay, Ryan - Fabulous (from High School Musical 2) (Official Video)
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5. Troy - Bet On It (From "High School Musical 2")
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6. Troy, Gabriella - You Are the Music in Me (From "High School Musical 2"/Sing-Along)
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