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Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert — The 3-D Movie (DVD Review)

6 Jul, 2008 By: Anne Sherber


Prebook 7/8/08; Street 8/19/08
Box Office $65.3 million
$34.99 two-DVD set, $35.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘G'

The enormous success and instantaneous sellouts of Miley Cyrus' concert tour, coupled with hundreds of thousands of disappointed pre-teen and tween fans and more than a few irate parents, prompted Cyrus and her alter ego, Hannah Montana, to release this concert film.

And, because Hannah is a Disney property — she rose to prominence as a consequence of her wildly popular Disney Channel show — this is not just any concert film. It is, among other things, the first Blu-ray Disc that can be viewed in 3-D. The film, which can also be viewed in standard-DVD format, opens with Cyrus preparing for a concert and alternates between concert performances and interstitial footage of her preparing for the tour, learning the choreography, and orchestrations, and giving the audience a backstage tour of the sets and costumes.

The title refers to the slightly schizophrenic nature of Cyrus' celebrity. To hundreds of thousands of her fans, she is Hannah Montana, a singing sensation. But Cyrus also is trying to carve out a singing career as herself. So half the concert is Cyrus singing as Montana and, in the other half, she sings as herself.

Hannah Montana songs include “Rock Star,” “Life's What You Make It,” “Just Like You,” “Nobody's Perfect,” “Pumpin' Up the Party,” “I Got Nerve” and “We Got the Party.” The Jonas Brother Band, another Disney creation, jumps in for a musical interlude with “When You Look Me in the Eyes,” and “Year 3000.” Cyrus returns as herself and performs “Start All Over,” “See You Again,” “Let's Dance,” “Right Here,” “I Miss You,” “Girls Night Out” and “The Best of Both Worlds.”

The program includes only a couple of extras. Viewers can follow the bouncing ball and sing along with several songs from the movie. Also included is a Backstage Disney program, a basic featurette that includes interviews with Cyrus, the film's director and crew and her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

Not only did the concert tour sell out, but the film's one-week theatrical run also sold out. So there should be a great deal of pent-up demand for this title.

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