Thursday, September 23, 2010

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 37.2 GB
Film Size: 32.6 GB
Film Rating: TV-G
Release Date: September 7th, 2010
Region: A
The Video
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The Blu-ray release certainly looks good and is an improvement from the DVD copy included, however I wasn’t blown away by the high-def presentation.

The film is colorful and the transfer brings out the colors vividly and accurately. The film also has a nice upgrade in clarity from DVD; however I wasn’t blown away by the detail at certain moments. Detail while generally solid did look a bit less than desired at moments, creating some very dull and flat looking moments at times.

The presentation as a whole does look like a made for television production, but that is because it is. Unfortunately I can’t rave about the video presentation, but I can tell you that it is very solid and actually free of any technical issues.

My issue lies within the source itself (which just doesn’t make for the most stunning high-def visuals). Overall I am certainly more than pleased; I just wouldn’t call this demo material whatsoever. TV on Blu-ray can look amazing, but we have also seen some very dull looking releases hit the format. Camp Rock 2 looks quite great for a TV production, but it won’t always blow your socks off visually. 8/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless option included. Other audio options include Spanish L.A. 5.1 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and Dutch 5.1 Dolby Digital. Optional subtitles include English, English SDH, Spanish L.A., French, Spanish and Dutch.

The audio presented on the release is certainly good, but I had hoped for better when it comes to certain audio aspects. The film’s music is aggressive and clear and makes terrific use of the surround speakers; it is exciting like a musical track should be.

Dialogue is always crisp and easy to understand. The audio effects included are also quite clear and are generally present within the front left and right speakers. Surround use is there, it just isn’t as immersive as it maybe could have been.

The uneven quality of the mix is my issue with the track. When there isn’t a musical performance, the mix is fairly uneventful and sounds like your basic TV-comedy. Surround use when used is actually quite impressive for a TV-produced film.

Overall the audio track is more than solid, I just think if more ambient effects were thrown into the surround speakers it could have been a more impressive track as a whole. Regardless, I wasn’t too disappointed by the audio mix included as it certainly did impress throughout. 8/10.

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc):

Rock-Along (HD)
This is basically a sing-along feature, something I am sure younger audiences will enjoy.

Music Videos from Camp Rockers around the World (HD/SD)
Popular artists from other Countries made promotional music videos for Camp Rock 2, see them here. Some of the music videos are up-converted while others are presented in natural high-definition.
  • France (3:03) (SD)
  • Spain (2:47) (SD)
  • Benelux (3:26) (SD)
  • Germany (3:31) (HD)
  • Italy (3:39) (HD)
Getting to Know Camp Star’s Newest Stars (5:45) (HD)
Alyson Stoner interviews the new additions featured in Camp Rock 2. This is fun for those who would like to get to know them better.

BD-Live Portal
Download the latest Disney trailers in both high-definition and standard-definition viewing options.

Disc 2 (DVD):

DVD copy of the film.

Disc 3 (DVD):

Digital Copy version of the film
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media.

There aren’t very many extras, which isn’t too surprising. The extras included are enjoyable, but I do wish behind-the-scenes featurettes were included. The DVD and Digital Copy inclusion is a smart choice by Disney and I am sure those buying the Blu-ray combo pack for their kids/teens will appreciate them. 4/10.

The Movie
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam feels like it has taken forever to release since the time I heard it was originally picked up. The film is a sequel to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie Camp Rock. The entire cast returns for the sequel, which includes Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers.

The first film was actually decent for a Disney Channel Original Movie. The story while not completely original featured likeable characters and solid music. The film was basically another take on ‘High School Musical’ and it succeeded. The Camp Rock series may not be as big as the High School Musical series, but it certainly has many fans.

Camp Rock 2 had me worried by the time it was ready to air on television as I felt it had been too long since the first and the Jonas Brothers have lost steam due to Justin Bieber in particular. Despite my worries, Camp Rock 2 was a TV-success and is now on Blu-ray.

The film starts off very simple and basic, it actually turned me off quite a bit and made me delay watching the entire film to another time. After the first 20 minutes I do think the film picks up and feels much more high-budget than it did at first.

The musical performances are much impressive this time around; however they took more of a music video approach to many performances with heavy-choreographed dance numbers in which everyone is involved. At first I thought it was very cheesy, but by the end I found it to be well done.

The songs themselves vary in quality, but I was surprised that they did deliver some catchy songs that will leave kids and teens singing the songs in their head many times after the film ends, perhaps asking you to pick up the soundtrack.

The story itself was something that I also didn’t think I would like at first, but I actually liked the competitive edge they gave the film (introducing a new camp called Camp Star, which threatens the existence of Camp Rock) and it was the best idea when making a sequel rather than keeping things purely at Camp Rock.

Overall I was very impressed by the quality of the Disney Channel Original Movie. It isn’t amazing by any means, but I certainly expected much worse from this sequel. Younger audiences will really enjoy Camp Rock 2 and adult viewers (watching it with their kids) may not find it half-bad either. I can’t compare this to a theatrically released film, but all things considered it isn’t so bad. 7/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is a solid Disney Channel Original Movie that your kids will enjoy. The Blu-ray release is good, featuring a solid video presentation and quite impressive audio mix. There aren’t many extras, but I do consider the DVD and Digital Copy some significant additions for this release. Overall the Blu-ray combo pack is ‘Recommended.

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