Plot: What’s it about?
A wish upon a shooting star can work wonders, especially if that wish happens to come true. But when the wish is granted, will things turn out as the wisher expected? In Wish Gone Amiss, three of Disney’s most popular television shows explore what can happen when a wish comes true. In Hannah Montana’s tale, Miley wishes she could be Hannah all the time, as she has grown tired of her double lifestyle. After all, being a pop star full time has to be awesome, right? But if things aren’t quite as rosy as she expected, will she ever be able to be Miley again? Meanwhile on Cory in the House, Cory wishes he was Commander in Chief and on The Suite Life, Zack and Cody dream of being superheroes. These wishes seem to promise certain success and happiness, but will they learn to be careful what they wish for?
This is not a new direct to DVD movie, instead it is a collection of three episodes of Disney Channel shows. The case doesn’t let the potential viewers know that, but it is indeed just three television episodes. One episode each of Hannah Montana, Cory in the House, and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. So if you’re on the fence about this Wish Gone Amiss release, just know that however you feel about these shows, is how you’ll feel about this disc. The concept is decent, to combine themed episodes from various shows, but I’d still prefer season collections. I’d never seen Cory in the House before and probably won’t watch another one, while The Suite Life was almost as bad. The lone bright spot is Hannah Montana, which is solid fun in the Disney Channel sense, but one out of three isn’t that great. The wish upon a star theme is interesting, but unless you’re a devoted fan of all three shows here, Wish Gone Amiss is best suited as a rental.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The shows look good here, better than standard broadcast and free from serious concerns. The images are on the soft side, with some minor compression issues, but these won’t be noticed much by the DVD’s target audience. Even so, the complaints are minor and by and large, the visuals look good. I found colors to be bright and natural, while contrast is accurate and consistent. So while there is some softness and minor errors do creep in, overall these episodes look just fine.
Audio: How does it sound?
The shows sound good, thanks to a clean Dolby Digital 5.1 option. Of course, these shows are dialogue driven and as such, there isn’t much surround use to mention. Hannah Montana’s music does sound quite good here however, so there is life in the mix when it needs to be there. Otherwise, its a basic presentation and vocals sound clear, while other sound effects are well handled, but unmemorable. This disc also includes English subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The lone supplement is a five minute piece on wish making, which includes some vintage clips from Disney’s vault.