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Wizards On Deck with Hannah Montana

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV-G

Running Time: 68 Minutes

Starring: Selena Gomez, David Henrie, Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals Barrera, David DeLuise, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, Brenda Song, Debby Ryan, Phill Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment,Mitchel Musso, Jason Earles, Moises Arias, Billy Ray Cyrus 

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Justin's Award Winning Essay, It's A Suite Life Having Fun With Hannah & The Wizards

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Episode Selection, Chapter Selection (4 chapters per episode)

Released: September 22nd, 2009


 

The three episodes that make up this crossover are presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as they aired on the Disney Channel. Save for softness and the noise, the episodes look pretty good. Detail is fine, fleshtones hit their mark and colors are pretty bright and well saturated. While nothing really stands out here nor do the episodes look really sharp, they're watchable and in good condition. 

The episodes also feature English Dolby Surround tracks. These too are good, but nothing really outstanding. All the dialogue spoken is clear and easy to hear, and the various music spread throughout the shows sound nice, have energy that is spread out — albeit it's a bit limited compared to 5.1 mixes. Sound effects are also limited by the lack of channels, but for the most part do have a springy quality that lets the audience engage a bit more in the action. Even if kids realize their family's home theater isn't being used entirely, they should be pleased with the tracks nonetheless. 

English and Spanish subtitles are also included.

 

Justin's Award Winning Essay is a short featuring the "Wizards Of Waverly Place" character, and is disguised as something of a prologue for this crossover. Really though, it's more like an educational short for the kiddies about do's and don't for writing their own essays. 

The other extra is It's A Suite Life Having Fun With Hannah & The Wizards. Running a bit shy of 6 minutes, this has all the stars of all three series featured offering sound bites about how much they love their contemporaries, how fun it is to be on the set with them, how they are all friends and don't get to see each other often, etc. Also mixed in are some bloopers. In any case, kids should love this. 

This mega-Disney Channel crossover seems like the equivalent of the moon landing for tweens. The three episodes that are composed of this crossover look and sound pretty good, and while there are only two short extras, kids should love them the same. In any case, this release is critic-proof: those who love Disney Channel series will want to own this, and are probably asking their parents for a copy as you read this.