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Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus
Best Of Both Worlds Concert

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: G

Running Time: 82 Minutes

Starring: Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Kenny Ortega, Billy Ray Cyrus

Directed by: Bruce Hendricks

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: The Ultimate Personal Tour, Additional Songs, Sing Along With The Movie

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby 2.0, English Subtitles, Song Selection (16 Songs)

Released: August 19th, 2008

 

 

You get the "Best Of Both Worlds" with this DVD, as a 3-D version and 2-D version are presented in this two-disc set. Since the 3-D version is just a murky blur of red and blue (unlike Digital/Real 3-D, which I believe was used for the theatrical showings of this movie), I'll focus on the 2-D version (for those not into straining your eyes). There's not much to say, except the magenta and purple-ish tints and lighting come off well from the performing stage, and detail is quite refined - you can notice a lot on the costumes and even features on audience members. In the "backstage" portions, colors are fully saturated and fleshtones are also strong. The image quality is overall sharp here, clean to boot.

Each version of the movie is also presented in 1.33:1 full screen. And you get four pairs of 3-D glasses.

 

The concert is presented in English Dolby Digital 5.1, and it's a pretty rich mix at that. If you can get past the overwhelming screams and cheers from the fans at some parts, you'll find that all the slick, pop songs have plenty of bounce and energy through the channels. The songs hit strongly and with plenty of juice, which is sure to satisfy. Fidelity is remarkably high, subwoofer use is quite good and dynamic range is wide and strong. For better or for worse (depending on your view), you'll feel like you were in the audience for this once-in-a-lifetime tween experience.

An English subtitles track is also included. 

 




Other than the option to see the movie in 2-D or 3-D, not much is here. The main goodie is The Ultimate Personal Tour, where Ms. Cyrus describes the life of putting on a show: the band, the stage, the dancers, the costumes, sound check, and what happens after the show. Even her friends the Jonas Brothers, who perform a few songs, figure prominently into this piece. It's 11 minutes that every Hannah Montana fan will relish.

Other than that, there are two Additional Songs (one performed by the Jonas Brothers, one by Miley Cyrus) and the option to Sing-Along with the movie. 
 
 

If you couldn't get tickets for your kids to the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus tour and had to take them to see the movie multiple times in the theater, or did shill 2 grand from a scalper, you can now re-live the memories in the comfort of your own home. This concert film is strictly for the kids, but given the backstage access in between the songs, I'm sure they'll savor it. The DVD is light on bonus features, but you do get 2-D and 3-D versions. And keep those wallets open, parents! A 3-D Jonas Brothers concert film hits next year.