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Hannah Montana
Keeping It Real

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 113 Minutes

Starring: Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso, Jason Earles, Billy Ray Cyrus, Cody Linley

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Bonus Episode, Miley's Makeover: Hannah Gets A New Look

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Digital Stereo, French Dolby Digital Stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Selection (4 chapters per episode)

Released: March 31st, 2009


 

All the episodes on this release are presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as they aired on the Disney Channel. For what they are and how they're taped, the episode look pretty good. They're sharp for the most part, while colors are well saturated and are pretty vibrant. Fleshtones are natural too, and detail is quite good. There is some noise, but nothing too distracting.

 

The episodes on this collection are in English Stereo. Which might disappoint some, since past releases featured 5.1 mixes for the episodes. Why Disney is reverting back to two channels is beyond me, and disc space should not be a concern. For what these stereo tracks are, they're fine. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, fidelity is pretty good and there are a few sound effects that - while limited - are discernable enough. The laugh track is audible too, but doesn't overpower. And of course, you got all that pop music - which also sounds fine, but most likely would be more enveloping in 5.1. Maybe some kids will notice that not all the channel in their parents' home theater are being used? 

Stereo tracks in Spanish and French are also included, as well as subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

 

Not much. You get one Bonus Episode ("Ready, Set, Don't Drive") and Miley's Makeover: Hannah Gets A New Look that features Miley Cyrus, and two stylists - Judy Len and Sammy Kassaie. It shows off costumes for her concert tour, and the two stylists describe their inspirations for key looks (as the outfits are presented, and as concert footage is shown). I'm sure little girls will be enthralled and want to dress just like Miley. For everyone else, it's yet another plug for the Hannah/Miley empire. (And if anyone is curious, this 4 minute piece is in anamorphic widescreen.) 

Like all of Disney Channel's programming, I'm too old for this... but at the same time, I can see why kids enjoy shows like "Hannah Montana" - it's goofy, innocent fun (see? I'm not a total crummedgon). While the lack of 5.1 tracks on the episodes is suspicious, the episodes look and sound fine overall. Extras, like in past releases of the show, are sparse. If you have that die-hard Miley Cyrus fan in your house though, I'm sure this release will be a must have.