Disney // 2007 // 92 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Brett Cullum // July 11th, 2007
The real Miley revealed.
Hannah Montana is a "tween" sensation. When her second collection of zippy pop songs debuted in late June of 2007 she knocked original American Idol Kelly Clarkson off top spot on the music charts. The young lady claimed the #1 spot on Billboard with Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus. I live in Houston, and Hannah or Miley sold out her rodeo show here in record time. Yes, even the likes of Beyonce and Sheryl Crow couldn't compete against her popularity. This is a major star, and it seems bewildering to me how it all happened. Could the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus ("Achy Breaky Heart" and Dancing with the Stars) truly be a megaforce in entertainment? Apparently so. Looking at the latest DVD release Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile, I searched for some answers.
So who is Hannah Montana? On the show we have Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus, Big Fish) who performs onstage as a pop star. She's a huge celebrity, but when she's onstage she wears a blonde wig. In her every day life she keeps herself anonymous by not wearing the wig. Somehow nobody at her school knows she's a star other than her best friend Lily (Emily Osment, Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams). It amazes me nobody ever makes the connection when Miley only wears an obvious wig to protect her secret identity. Are people really this easily fooled? If Hannah sported Kiss style kabuki make-up it would seem more realistic, but the show keeps things simple. Of course her family is in on the well kept truth, and they help her keep the secret. Her dad Robbie Stewart (real life dad Billy Ray Cyrus) and brother (Jason Earles, American Pie Presents Band Camp) are along for the ride. The title of the DVD, Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile, is a bit deceptive because the disc only contains four episodes from the TV series. There's no profile of Hannah anywhere to be found. The plots revolve around Miley's struggle when TV star Jake Ryan (Cody Linley, Cheaper by the Dozen) comes to her school. He gets all the attention, and seems to genuinely like Miley. He unabashedly embraces his stardom, and that makes things hard on our undercover celeb hero.
The four episodes are:
"The New Kid in School"
TV hero Jake Ryan (named after the romantic interest of Sixteen Candles) enrolls at school, and pandemonium erupts around having a star in class. Miley gets irritated with the way he gets special treatment, and is tempted to expose her true identity to a reporter.
"More Then a Zombie to Me"
Hannah Montana gets a guest starring role on Jake's Zombie High TV show. Miley discovers she really does like Jake, but can't seem to let him know.
"Good Golly, Miss Dolly"
Miley loses a video tape of her confessing her love for Jake. Through an innocent mistake it ends up in his hands. She needs to get it back, and she'll have to enlist the help of guest star Dolly Parton (9 to 5) to retrieve the incriminating evidence.
"People Who Use People"
Miley and Jake go out with other people to make each other jealous. Jake picks a hot actress, while Miley goes bowling with a boy who claims to be a high school senior.
As a collection the episodes are cute, and they tie together nicely to show us the start of the relationship between Miley and Jake. It's harmless fun that should engage fans, and occupy kids who enjoy the series for an hour and a half. I'm not sure why there isn't a season by season collection of the show, but seems Disney likes to release single discs with four episodes rather than put them in chronological bigger chunks. Transfers include a nice looking fullscreen format and a surround sound mix that is active enough for a situation comedy. Extras are two featurettes: "The Real Miley Cyrus" which consists of interview clips with the cast, and "Nobody's Perfect" featuring a live performance of a new song by Hannah.
Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile doesn't answer any questions about why Miley/Hannah is such a sensation, but it will be something fans will appreciate. It's a simple four episode disc with a smattering of extras. If you can't get enough Hannah Montana it's an easy purchase decision. Adults and people who don't already know the series may find it puzzling such a simple show has created so much fervor. The Dolly Parton appearance will appeal the most to newbies. Like the star of the show, the collection is simple, nice, and unassuming. It's a program that Disney does well, and seems to make a ton of money with. If you believe a wig can keep you normal and your identity safe it's all good times and pop songs. If you yearn for something more complex or deeper then Hannah Montana might not be for you. This one is for the believers.
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Scales of Justice
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* "The Real Miley Cyrus"
* "Nobody's Perfect" Live Concert Performance