- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 17, 2009
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- 2-Disc Set
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Additional Audio Material: "Sing-Along Mode - Get In Tune With The Wildcats!"
- Bonus Footage: Extended Version of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR With Additional Scenes
- Deleted Scenes: With Introductions by Director Kenny Ortega
- Behind the Scenes:
- "Cast Goodbyes -- The Cast Of HSM 3 Bids An Emotional Farewell To East High"
- HSM 3 Bloopers
- "Night Of Nights - Prom Scene Tell-All With The Cast"
- "It's All In The Dress - The Ladies Of East High Dish On Prom Dresses"
- DisneyFile Digital Download Copy Disc
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Chris Warren, Jr.,
Justin Martin &
William R. Borden &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by
USA Today - 10/24/2008
"What grabs and keeps our attention are the pretty faces, infectious songs and eye-popping dance moves....HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 really does emerge like a breath of fresh air."
New York Times - 10/24/2008
"Mr. Efron's athletic grace is Astaire-like in its casual authority. Ms. Hudgens's blissful smiles melt the screen."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/31/2008
"HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR gives you an honest jolt of feel-good fizz....Brought to life by the high-energy cast and the musical numbers, which Ortega shoots with electrifying pizzazz." -- Grade: B
Variety - 10/17/2008
"[I]nfectiously upbeat....[The] pic's bouncy playlist and bigger musical numbers will see theaters packed with the faithful..."
Empire - 12/01/2008
3 stars out of 5 -- "The dancing is stunning....Busby Berkeley and Bob Fosse are the references for two set-pieces..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/20/2009
"[A] cheery-kids-put-on-a-show spectacular....Why not kick back and let the G-rated student body at Albuquerque's East High belt out a few Disney song confections..." -- Grade: B
The first HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL movie to be released straight to the silver screen, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 finds the cast of the beloved earlier installments, all students at East High, dealing with the ups and downs of senior year. While all the characters have their own dilemmas, the central issue, as in past films, is the relationship between sweethearts Troy (Zac Efron), the captain of East High's Wildcats basketball team, and the bookish Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), who face the possibility of imminent separation when Gabriella gets a chance to attend college early.
With this third outing in the wildly popular Disney series, director Kenny Ortega takes full advantage of HSM3's big-screen leap, staging musical numbers that go far beyond the scope of the movie's predecessors (see the lavish "I Want It All" by resident East High diva Sharpay, played by Ashley Tisdale). While the series regulars are in fine form and a few new characters are introduced, the film really belongs to Efron, who gets the most screen time and is clearly on a trajectory for stardom beyond HSM. Rather than hold back their budding leading man, the creators and producers of HSM3 let Efron take the spotlight, much to the movie's advantage. Designed to welcome the few viewers who might be unfamiliar with HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, SENIOR YEAR certainly offers plenty of valedictory excitement, and will leave fans giddy with delight.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
It's time to celebrate as Disney's phenomenal HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL hits new heights in HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR! Fresh from the big screen, this motion picture extravaganza delivers nonstop entertainment from start to finish! It's almost graduation day for high school seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Ryan and Taylor -- and the thought of heading off in separate directions after leaving East High has these Wildcats thinking they need to do something they'll remember forever. Together with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical reflecting their hopes and fears about the future and their unforgettable experiences growing up together. But with graduation approaching and college plans in question, what will become of the dreams, romances and friendships of East High's senior Wildcats' Find out what happens to all your favorite characters in the big screen musical sensation, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3: SENIOR YEAR! It's a fabulous celebration the whole family will love!