Hannah Montana The Movie (Blu-ray)

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Rating: G

Starring:
Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana / Miley Stewart
Billy Ray Cyrus as Robby Ray Stewart
Emily Osment as Lilly Truscott / Lola Luftnagle
Jason Earles as Jackson Stewart
Mitchel Musso as Oliver Oken / Mike Standley III
Moises Arias as Rico
Lucas Till as Travis Brody
Vanessa Williams as Vita
Margo Martindale as Ruby
Peter Gunn as Oswald Granger
Melora Hardin as Lorelai
Jared Carter as Derrick
Barry Bostwick as Mr. Bradley
Beau Billingslea as Mayor
Katrina Smith as Mayor’s Wife

Special Features:
Disc 1: Blu-ray
The Hoedown Throwdown Dance-Along
The Dance Experience With The Cast
7 Music Videos
Cast Bloopers
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary On The Film With Director Peter Chelsom
Find Your Way Back Home
“I Should Have Gone To Film School” – Behind The Scenes

Disc 2: DVD
Standard Edition DVD Of “Hannah Montana The Movie”

Includes Digital Copy Of “Hannah Montana The Movie” For Portable Media Players

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.85:1)
DTS-HD MA 7.1 Surround Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 102 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

“Get ready to be dazzled by Disney’s big-screen smash hit – ‘Hannah Montana The Movie’ – now even better on Blu-ray Disc with sensational visuals and theater quality sound! Plus, this 3-disc set has exclusive extras, including “The Hoedown Throwdown Dance-Along” and more! Hannah Montana The Movie Deluxe Edition: More Music & Moves! delivers laughs, adventure, family fun and fabulous music as Hannah returns to her roots, mixes it up with awesome guest stars (Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Vanessa Williams), and faces the most important decision of her life!

When Miley Stewart (aka pop-star Hannah Montana) gets too caught up in the superstar celebrity lifestyle, her dad decides it’s time for a total change of scenery. Miley must trade in all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood for some ol’ blue jeans on the family’s Tennessee farm, where she’ll have to decide if she can truly have the best of both worlds. Bring home heartfelt entertainment for the entire family: Hannah Montana The Movie Deluxe Edition: More Music And Moves! – now even more awesome on Blu-ray Hi-Def!”

“Hannah Montana The Movie” is rated G.

Mini-Review:
I could care less about Hannah Montana, but my daughter is a big fan. She watches all the TV shows and listens to the music. So when this Blu-ray arrived, she was eager to watch it because, for whatever reason, she missed the film in theaters. After she saw it, I asked what she thought of it. “It was boring,” she said. Huh? I was shocked. In fact, I was even more shocked that my young boys enjoyed the film more. They laughed at the jokes and enjoyed the music. It was not exactly what I was expecting!

As already mentioned, I don’t care about Hannah Montana. My only real concern about the film is whether or not it is survivable for adults. I’ll say it’s a good looking film and it’s interesting to see the cast off the studio set and in the real world. It’s also interesting to see the Hannah Montana character actually in a rock concert setting. They always talk about her being a rock star on the TV show but you never get a sense of it like you do here. It was also cool to see Vanessa Williams as Vita, Melora Hardin as Lorelai, and a funny guest appearance by Tyra Banks. A couple of the songs are also memorable, most notably the “Hip Hop Hoedown”.

I can see why my daughter declared it ‘boring’ despite the fact that she was partially being a sourpuss that’s becoming ‘too cool’ for Hannah Montana. The first third of the film is spent showing Miley being a spoiled Beverly Hills brat. She’s not at all likable for a large portion of the movie. The second third shows her alternately moping and making goo-goo eyes at the young stud on the farm. The final third shows her torn between being a pop star and a regular girl. So, in short, she’s rarely the wacky character that everybody likes from the TV show. They also teased that she would be ‘outed’ as Miley/Hannah in the movie and the final resolution of that wasn’t that satisfying though it does show Disney Channel can keep her TV series going for another year or at least till she has some sort of Lohan or Hudgens-like implosion.

This movie is really only for kids and fans of the TV show. I was going to say that only girls would enjoy it, but the fact that my Star Wars/Superhero/Transformer/G.I. Joe loving boys liked it too tells me that there’s a little something here for everyone.

On the Blu-ray you’ll find a large batch of bonus features. There are the usual offerings like deleted scenes (showing more of the British reporter is MIA for much of the movie), an audio commentary, bloopers, music videos, and ‘making of’ featurettes. There’s also a featurette where Osment and Cyrus show you around their hometowns – Nashville and Hollywood. Also included are some tutorials on the dance moves, a digital copy of the movie, and a DVD copy as well.

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