SOURCE: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

August 27, 2007 08:00 ET

"HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2: EXTENDED EDITION": The Most Watched Cable Telecast of All Time Comes to DVD and Blu-ray™ High-Def for the First Time, Bigger and Better Than Ever, With an All-New Never-Before-Seen Musical Production Number

The First Disney Channel Original Movie Ever Released in Blu-ray® High Definition! The Perfect Family Holiday Gift Arrives on December 11 Packed With Additional Extras Including Music Videos, Sing-Along and Karaoke Features, Plus Plenty of Behind-the-Scenes Action!

BURBANK, CA--(Marketwire - August 27, 2007) - "High School Musical 2," the most highly anticipated sequel of the year, comes to DVD and Blu-ray™ High-Def in an extended edition on December 11, 2007 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. There's a special bonus musical scene available only on DVD and Blu-ray™ High-Def, seamlessly integrated into the film, in which audiences can finally see the musical number Troy and Sharpay rehearse in the film but never perform. The scene features Sharpay playing the Pineapple Princess looking for her Fresh Fish Prince in the lavish Polynesian fantasy "Humuhumunukunukua'pua'a," in which Sharpay goes all out to win Troy -- and the Star Dazzle Award at the Midsummer Night's Talent Show. The number is complete with a hip-hop ode to Mighty Mount Fufu. "High School Musical 2" pops with more of the infectious music, high energy dancing and exuberant young cast that created worldwide "High School Musical"-mania, and brings back Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay and the entire Wildcat gang in another spectacular must-own musical experience! "High School Musical 2: Extended Edition" is packed with bonus material including music videos and sing-along and karaoke features!

Fans of the top-rated Disney Channel Original Movie will want to watch again and again as the gang from East High takes the stage at the local country club summer talent show! Scheming drama queen Sharpay is at the center of intrigue once more, using her influence to get Troy a job at the club in order to make him her singing partner at the annual show. When Troy arranges jobs for Gabriella and the Wildcats too, Sharpay has to do some fancy maneuvering to keep the others off the stage. To get Troy to go along with her plan, she 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.

Directed and choreographed by Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical," "The Cheetah Girls"), "High School Musical 2: Extended Edition" is an exuberant celebration of youth, friendship and music.

"High School Musical 2: Extended Edition" comes with a grab bag of exclusive-to-DVD and Blu-ray Disc® bonus features that will have fans out of their seats and dancing along in seconds, including:

--  Sing Along with "High School Musical 2" - On-screen lyrics for all the
    songs from the movie let viewers join in with their favorite stars.
--  "High School Musical" Karaoke - Anyone can be a star with this
    interactive, highly entertaining bonus feature.
--  Rehearsal Cam - An unprecedented opportunity to watch the rehearsal
    footage in sync with the movie.
--  Bloopers - Nobody's perfect and that's half the fun! Watch as the
    movie's stars try to cover their hilarious missteps.
--  Music Videos - Including a performance by popular Canadian artist
    Nikki Yanovsky singing "Gotta Go My Own Way" in French and English.

"High School Musical 2" premiered on Disney Channel on August 17, and with 17.2 million Viewers, the premiere of "Disney High School Musical 2" now stands as the most-watched cable telecast of all-time, easily beating TNT's "Crossfire Trail" to become the No. 1 basic cable original movie ever. Furthermore, the Disney Channel original movie ranked as the most-watched TV telecast ever in Kids 6-11, and most-watched entertainment telecast ever in Tweens 9-14. Impressively, two-thirds of all Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 watching television tuned in to watch "Disney High School Musical 2." Compared to broadcast programming, "Disney High School Musical 2" outperformed every telecast of Fox's "American Idol" and CBS' "Survivor" in Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14. Among Girls 6-11, a remarkable 4 out of 5 were watching "Disney HSM2." Moreover, "Disney High School Musical 2" was TV's most-watched entertainment Friday telecast in more than 5 years.

The "High School Musical 2" soundtrack rewrote chart history with its spectacular debut at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart, a first for a television movie soundtrack. The album also entered three other Billboard charts at No. 1: Top Soundtrack Albums, Top Kid Audio and Top Digital Albums. In its first week of release, the CD shipped over 2 million units and is a leading candidate to be the best-selling album of 2007.

"High School Musical," the movie that launched the franchise, was the 2006 #1 TV movie on DVD. An international smash hit in more than 100 countries, "High School Musical" earned two Emmy Awards, a DGA Award, a Television Critics Association Award, an Imagen Award, a Director's Guild of America Award and a Humanitas Prize nomination. Its soundtrack was the Quadruple Platinum best-selling album of 2006, received a Billboard Music Award for Soundtrack of the Year and was nominated for an American Music Award in the Favorite Album (Pop/Rock) category. It inspired a best-selling junior novel, a popular themed show at Disneyland Parks and Resorts, a sold-out 42-date arena concert tour in North America and Latin America, and a touring ice show.

Zac Efron ("Troy"), Vanessa Hudgens ("Gabriella"), Ashley Tisdale ("Sharpay"), Corbin Bleu ("Chad"), Lucas Grabeel ("Ryan") and Monique Coleman ("Taylor") all reprise their original roles in "HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2: EXTENDED EDITION." Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical," "The Gilmore Girls") directs from a script by Peter Barsocchini ("High School Musical," "Drop Zone"). Bill Borden ("High School Musical," "End of Days") is the producer and Barry Rosenbush ("High School Musical," "Get on the Bus") is the executive producer.

The DVD is priced at $29.99 SRP in the U.S. and $35.99 SRP in Canada. The Blu-ray Disc® is priced at $34.99 SRP in the U.S. and $44.99 in Canada.

STREET DATE:              December 11, 2007
Direct prebook:           October 2, 2007
Distributor prebook:      October 16, 2007
Suggested retail price:   $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada
Feature run time:         111 minutes
Rated:                    U.S. "G"; Canada "G"
Aspect ratio:             Full frame 1.33:1
Sound:                    Dolby Digital 5.1
Languages:                English, French and Spanish; French and Spanish

Blu-ray Disc®
STREET DATE:              December 11, 2007
Direct prebook:           October 2, 2007
Distributor prebook:      October 16, 2007
Suggested retail price:   $34.99 U.S./$44.99 Canada
Feature run time:         111 minutes
Rated:                    U.S. "TV-G"; Canada "G"
Aspect ratio:             1080P High Definition Widescreen 1.78:1
Sound:                    5.1 Uncompressed (48 khz/24 bit)
Languages:                English, Spanish, French Dolby Digital 5.1
                          Surround Sound French, Spanish Subtitles

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