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HANNAH MONTANA
Living the Rock Star Life

Review by Michael Jacobson

Stars:  Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso, Jason Earles, Billy Ray Cyrus
Directors:  Various
Audio:  Dolby Digital 5.1
Video:  Full Frame 1.33:1
Studio:  Walt Disney
Features:  See Review
Length:  92 Minutes
Release Date:  October 24, 2006

“Sweet niblets!”

Show ***

Just how big is Hannah Montana?  Well, two CDs have been released for the show, and both have gone to number one.  According to Nielsen, Hannah Montana is the second highest rated show amongst teens, after American Idol.  In the business, we call that nailing your demographic.

The Disney Channel’s show about a 14 year old girl with a double life is a cute, funny and family friendly affair.  Anchored by the effervescent Miley Cyrus, Hannah shows us all that we can reach for and live the dream. 

Hannah Montana: Living the Rock Star Life showcases four early episodes, including the first two, where Miley Stuart lets her best friends Lily (Osment) and Oliver (Musso) in on her secret.  Of course, her older brother Jackson (Earles) and her father (Billy Ray!) also know, but to fans, she’s Hannah, and at school, she’s just Miley.

Rounding out are an episode where Miley uses Hannah to raise some money for charity, and one where Miley dates a guy who…gasp!…doesn’t like Hannah Montana.

It was a cute beginning to a cute show, but it would get even better in its second year.  These early shows laid some of the groundwork, and that includes Hannah’s double life, the support of her friends, and mostly, Miley Cyrus herself.  Yes, she’s the daughter of Billy Ray, but she carved out a delightful comic niche for herself, and to my way of thinking, she has all the spunk, timing and delivery of Lucille Ball.  Yes, she’s THAT good.

It’s a kids show…but sweet niblets, why do me and my fiancée love it so much?  I guess because it always makes us laugh.  And laughter is always great…even if it comes in small packages.

Video **

Shot on video, the image quality is about par for the course…perfectly watchable, but with some medium limitations.

Audio **

Is it really 5.1?  That’s what the box says, but it struck me as more of a stereo mix.  Either way, the sound is fine…not a lot of dynamic range, but some fun music to punctuate the four episodes.

Features **

The extras include an interview with Miley Cyrus, plus a look at her audition tapes and a music video.

Summary:

I said GOOD DAY…Hannah Montana: Living the Rock Star Life is a charming disc that serves as a nice little introduction to The Disney Channel’s most popular show.  Enjoy it on TV, and enjoy it in your DVD player.  The best of both worlds, indeed.

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