Plot: What’s it about?
The Hannah Montana phenomenon has taken off like a turbo rocket, with the show’s viewers grabbing CDs, DVDs, clothes, posters, and all kinds of other memorabilia. So of course, it only makes sense that Hannah would be put into her own movie, so we have Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert. In the movie, we watch as Hannah/Miley performs her hits for wild crowds of her dedicated fans. In between the songs, we’re taken backstage to see her and her friends behind the scenes. In short, a brisk look at her 2007 tour style and some snippets from behind the curtain, packaged in a feature film format. Even when shown on a limited theatrical basis, Best of Both Worlds was a hit, pulling in fans in droves. Now this concert is available for fans to relive over and over, even in the original 3-D presentation!
The tween sensation Hannah Montana has arrived in her own movie, a concert performance that was a smash success in a limited theatrical run. In addition to the drawing power of the Hannah Montana brand, Best of Both Worlds benefited from being shown in 3-D and that proved to be a potent lure. Now on Blu-ray, you can choose between the 3-D presentation and the standard one, all on one disc. The show itself is vibrant, lively, and fun to watch, as Hannah/Miley puts on a good show and the backstage elements seem to work well enough. This is tween pop however, so if you weren’t a Hannah fan beforehand, Best of Both Worlds isn’t likely to win you over. But for Hannah’s fans, Best of Both Worlds is a chance to take in a fun concert show and see the popular star muck about behind the scenes. Best of Best Worlds is simply good old fashioned fun and for fans of Hannah, this Blu-ray disc offers the optimal chance to revisit the show over and again.
Video: How does it look?
Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This movie looks excellent, thanks to slick production values and a top shelf high definition presentation. The concert visuals simply shine, with such depth that you can see immense subtle detail. You’ll know you’re watching a high definition program, as the colors are so vivid, contrast is dead on, and as I said, detail is simply incredible at times. Should you go for the 3-D option, the movie still looks great, but is limited by the technology implemented. As inconsistent as it can be, it is still fun to watch the show in 3-D and I am sure younger viewers will insist upon it.
Audio: How does it sound?
I expected to be blown back by this DTS 7.1 option, but I wasn’t. I was impressed however, as this is a boisterous and effective soundtrack that makes you feel like you’re at the concert. The music sounds great, with loud presence that puts you in the seats, even if placement and movement weren’t always the best. The vocals stream through well however, which is important, since Hannah’s voice is the main attraction. The audience is alive as well, so expect those rear channels to overload at times with high pitch screams of happiness. This disc also includes an uncompressed PCM 2.0 option, as well as English subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a brief promotional featurette, an option to turn on song lyrics so you sing along at home, and two song performances that weren’t shown in the movie.