Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (2008) - 2-Disc Extended Edition

Genre(s): Music
Disney || G - 82 minutes - $34.99 || August 19, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-08-22


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Bruce Hendricks
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers


Theatrical Release Date: February 1, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3-D Version
  • The Ultimate Personal Tour
  • Additional Songs
  • Sing Along


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.85), Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

I must admit a couple things up front: 1. This is going to be one of the shortest reviews I’ve ever written and 2. I’m not going to lambast Hannah Montana and/or Miley Cyrus because, quite honestly, I don’t really care. I don’t mind some of the generic pop tunes the Disney Musketeers come out with but at the same time, I also almost go out of my way not to watch some of those shows (“Hannah Montana”, “Cheetah Girls”, etc).

Anyway, I decided to give this concert a try. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s the summer heat or maybe I’m just bored, but I went ahead and finally popped this disc in and, well, it wasn’t as terrible as I had expected. It’s not that great, mind you, but coming from a 28-year-old male, a 2.25/5 rating is pretty damn good...

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert is just as it sounds, a concert starting out with Hannah Montana singing some hit tunes before going off-stage to become actress Miley Cyrus who sings her own songs. Sprinkled in throughout, so it wouldn’t be wall-to-wall music, are inside looks at Miley Cyrus’ world from rehearsal to working with her dad. Also, about half way through, The Jonas Brothers (another hit Disney group) come on stage to sing with Miley before she goes off for a much needed rest and the brothers take over for 15-minutes or so.

The DVD also comes with a second disc with the 3-D version of the concert. Having not worn 3-D glasses in ages, I decided to try it out. Well, that lasted maybe 4-minutes before my eyes started to hurt. I turned it off and watched the regular concert in 2-D. So my limited experience with the 3-D glasses was that it’s not really that great. Outside of the opening titles which did look pretty good in 3-D, the rest just gave depth to the background.

Overall, Best of Both Worlds Concert isn’t aimed at someone my age but instead all those tweens who buy up every CD, DVD, poster, clothing, etc that has Hannah Montana on it. Obviously it was a decent sized hit in theaters raking in $65 million after an amazing $31 million opening weekend in less than 700 theaters (that’s a $45,000+ per theater average, folks). Of course, since then good ole’ Miley has had her share of controversy with one provocative picture coming out after another.

Review done. That was painless, right?



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

3-D Concert Version – You can read my thoughts about this above, but I consider this more of a bonus feature.

Additional Songs – Two extra songs, “SOS” by The Jonas Brothers and “Good and Broken” by Hannah Montana have been included here.

Sing Along with the Movie – With this you can watch select songs with words on the bottom. Um, yeah, no thanks. I can’t sing worth sh**, so I’ll skip this one thank you very much.

The Ultimate Personal Tour (11:23) – This featurette was actually fairly interesting, getting to see what Miley Cyrus’/The Jonas Brothers day is like before/during the concert. It’s not interesting so much before of Cyrus but just the process a performer goes through for a concert.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The film/concert is presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.85 OAR) as well as Full Frame for those using a 4:3 television. For the most part the concert is colorful enough but I noticed plenty of pixilation in this presentation. This isn’t a great transfer, but instead fairly average overall.

I think Disney could’ve really used a DTS track here, but the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix suits things just fine.



.::OVERALL::.

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds is actually not a bad concert, but for those over the age of 17, will probably struggle to get through the entire thing. Also, the 3-D version is a nifty, old school idea, but I could barely watch for more than 4-minutes before my eyes started to water and hurt. Obviously fans will eat this up over and over and over again, but anyone else, even casual fans, might want to pass this one up.