Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Music
Disney || G - 82 minutes - $34.99 || August 19, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-08-07


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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:
  • The Ultimate Personal Tour
  • Bonus Songs
  • Sing Along
  • 3-D Mode


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS MA 7.1), English (PCM 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

3D in HD on BD.

As I have admitted before in past reviews, I do watch The Disney Channel on occasion and have seen my fair share of Hannah Montana (unfortunately a bit too much). Do I like the show? No, not really, but I have no qualms with watching it and do laugh at some of the jokes. Itís not must see TV, but something that I can see as being enjoyable for tweens and understand why she (and her brand) is incredibly popular.

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour is really not that bad, but certainly not something I would ever want to sit through again. I'm not a fan of Miley's music, nor am I a fan of the blatant Disney branding that is present nearly every moment of the concert. Her songs are catchy though as I found myself humming them for a short while after pondering if a CD purchase is in my future (I am kidding about that, I promise). The Jonas Brothers, who I have personally never heard play before but know enough about them through various TV entertainment shows, are actually pretty strong here - better than Miley dare I say.

Let's talk about a first for Blu-ray - 3D. I imagine some people will be purchasing this to check out the 3D feature alone...while some for their own enjoyment (hopefully for your kids though). I am a bit disheartened to report that I could not watch more than ten minutes of this mode before having to stop. Why? I became incredible nauseous and spent the next twenty minutes in the bathroom revisiting my lunch. While I am a casual gamer, some games give me motion sickness (FPS Shooters mostly) and I unable to play them. Hannah Montana did just that to me.

You need to keep in mind a few things about the 3D mode. For one, it won't be in "color". If you try and watch the film without you're special glasses on, the picture will be very dark colors - black, grey, white with hints of red and blue around the edges. When you put your glasses on, those images will appear to be in 3D. Itís a very... interesting effect to say the least. I was expecting 3D more along the lines of Jaws 3D or even Friday the 13th 3-D, but instead it looked almost like cardboard cutouts being displayed on screen. If you're a gamer like me, the film resembles Paper Mario 2 on Game Cube just in black and white.

Was I impressed with my very short time in 3D? No, not really. I had high expectations for it and they were simply not met. Lack of color, lack of anything happening (shots of fans, Miley were pretty much all that was present) was simply not enough. That coupled with the fact that you are way too often being forced to remove the glasses for the backstage footage means it can be a bit unpleasant for younger viewers.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

A first for Blu-ray - included are 4 Red/Blue 3D glasses for watching the 3D mode. As what anyone should expect, they are cheaply made of cardboard, uncomfortable, and branded with Hannah Montana all over the place. Kids will love it.

The Ultimate Personal Tour (~11 Minutes; SD) - A short interview-like segment with Miley chatting.

Bonus Songs (~6 Minutes; HD) - If the concert wasn't enough included are two additional songs - one by Miley titled "Good and Broken" and one by the Jonas Brothers titled "SOS".

Sing Along - This mode allows the lyrics to be shown on screen during the concert... for those that want to, well, sing along. I imagine any Hannah fan will already know all the lyrics.

Exclusive to the Blu-ray release is the special 3D Mode which I have covered in my normal review section.

Since I consider the 3D mode to in fact be a "bonus feature" my score reflects that. If it was not, the Special Features would be rated 1.5.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB Disc. Everything here looks wonderful. Backstage footage looks grainy on purpose, but even that I found to be razor sharp. The concert itself is filled with so many different colors and things going on all at once itís hard not to call this "eye candy" material.

A first for Disney, they opted to include a DTS MA 7.1 mix and as well as a PCM 2.0 track. I switched between both the DTS MA and PCM track throughout and the DTS MA track is by far the better one (being 7.1 and all). A good mix of crystal clear dialog coupled with fans screaming give a good sense of realism happening. I'm personally a fan of TrueHD or PCM tracks so everyone who owns a Blu-ray player can decode them (since they are all identical anyway).



.::OVERALL::.

Itís Hannah Montana. If you're a fan of her you no doubt will be picking this up on release day. If you're daughter (or son?) is a fan, once again, you will be buying this on release day whether it on DVD or Blu-ray. I, however, strongly recommend a Blu-ray purchase not only because of the 3D mode; itís a cool experience for many I would think, but because of the excellent 7.1 DTS MA track present.