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Our reviews of Hannah Montana And Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert (Blu-Ray) (published August 27th, 2008), Hannah Montana: Keeping It Real (published April 6th, 2009), Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert (published August 19th, 2008), Hannah Montana: Miley Says Goodbye? (published March 15th, 2010), Hannah Montana: One In A Million (published January 26th, 2008), and Hannah Montana: The Movie (Blu-Ray) (published August 18th, 2009) are also available.
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:
"More Then a Zombie to Me"
"Good Golly, Miss Dolly"
"People Who Use People"
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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