Hannah Montana The Movie BRAY Cover Art
SRP $44.95 1.85:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 BUENA VISTA
 

Would any negative review of a movie starring Miley Cyrus hurt its draw? Doubtful. However, at least as "family" films go, there's nothing dreadful about her first major Hollywood film, "HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE."  Trying to make a thought provocative debut effort for Miley Cyrus is risky, if she can't act(she mostly mugs for the camera), so instead, the script basically expands the tv series, having her character, Miley Stewart and father, Robby Ray Stewart, take a vacation to their hometown in Tennessee. But, even there, Miley is pestered by a paparazzi trying to expose the secret alter identity of Miley, singing sensation...Hannah Montana!  Oh, a fresh, creative, never done before twist, involves Miley courageously taking a stand against greedy land developers! WOW!!!!

Some have compared Miley Cyrus's personality evoking memories of a young Lucille Ball. "Lucy" may have been naive at times, but she was never mentally challenged and never used humor that came across as smug. However, that's the "M.O" for Miley Cyrus! So, it's an awful comparison. But, even with her limitations, she's adequate and not worse than many other young star celebrities. "HANNAH MONTANA: THE MOVIE" isn't painful to watch for adults, even with its predictability and the younger kids it's targeted towards, will enjoy it.

BUENA VISTA has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. The three-disc blu-ray package we've reviewed, contains the blu-ray, a 2nd disc made of a digital copy for laptop/PDA, and the actual dvd. In comparison to the dvd, the detail and colors are notably superior. Colors, muddied in several sequences on blu-ray during some farm scenes, become extremely vibrant in virtually every other scene. However, the dvd offers no such improvement, with a primarily soft appearance.  Depth is also solid on blu-ray, although seldom with the "jump-off-the-screen" impact found on many superior BV blu-ray releases(Lost: Season one,etc).  Contrast is excellent on blu-ray, and only adequate on dvd.

BUENA VISTA has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix.  While generally front focused, the mix provides elaborate, immersive thrills during every musical sequence. Surrounds are restrained during non-music scenes, making up the bulk of the film. Still, even with ambient effects delegated to the front, it's never a dull mix, and dynamic range is excellent. The standard Dolby Digital 5.1 mix of the dvd, is comparable, except for the music sequences, wherein the lossy mix blows it away!

Outtakes, deleted scenes, music videos and featurettes are offered on blu-ray and dvd, however the blu-ray offers these in HD! The audio commentary with the director, is far too dry to sit through, and even die-hard fans of this film(?)will find it hard to listen to it in its entirety.