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HANNAH MONTANA
One in a Million

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:  January 29, 2008

“Sweet MAMA...it’s the Jonas Brothers!!”

Shows ***1/2

Hannah Montana lives the best of both worlds as a regular teenage girl leading a double life as a mega pop sensation.  And Hannah Montana has the best of both worlds, too, as the top rated show on The Disney Channel and as a series of hit DVD releases.

I wonder if we’ll ever get complete season packages of this show?  Oh, well.  One in a Million is a compilation of four hysterical episodes, loaded with laughs, music, and some pretty impressive guest stars.

Disney Channel perennial faves The Jonas Brothers show up, much to the delight of Miley Stewart, aka Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus), until, that is, they take to her songwriting ex-rock star dad Robbie Ray (Billy Ray Cyrus) a little more than her!  And if that wasn’t enough, when Hannah gets a major music award, her Aunt Dolly (Dolly Parton) and her grandmother (Vicki Lawrence) show up to join in the celebration.  But can they stop feuding long enough to save her special night?

The parade of stars continue when we finally get to meet Lily’s (Osment) mother, played by Heather Locklear.  When she and Robbie Ray take a liking to each other, it might mean wedding bells and sisterhood for Miley and her long time best friend.  But will it be skyrockets in flight, or just sparks flying?

And Miley also has to deal with the return of her on-again, off-again love Jake Ryan, who remains shallow and clueless but decent, but this time with a surprise.  He has a new guest star in his upcoming film, and it’s none other than Mikayla (another Disney Channel star Selena Gomez), who is Hannah’s top rival.  Yes, friends…Miley has not yet begun to fight!

I’m not ashamed to admit, I really like Hannah Montana.  I’m nowhere near the show’s intended demographic, but the appeal of young Miley Cyrus is undeniable.  She’s one of the funniest, freshest faces on TV, and at a mere 15 years of age, shows the comedy timing of some of the greatest ever in the game.  It’s light fare, but it’s funny, and I find the show actually keeps getting better and better the more it goes along.

Yes, I tune in.  Yes, I’ve gotten my girlfriend hooked on the show.  Yes, my best friends from California sent me a Hannah Montana calendar for Christmas, and it’s hanging up at work.  And yes, I even bought the CDs.  What can I say?  Miley Cyrus is a true talent, and Hannah Montana showcases her pipes as well as comic chops. 

Video ***

Pretty good quality for a TV to DVD transfer.  The full frame offerings showcase good colorings and decent detail.

Audio ***

One thing I like about the DVDs is the chance to hear the music in 5.1, and the mixes don’t disappoint.  Not a lot of rear channel usage, but good dynamic range and clean clear dialogue make for an enjoyable listen.

Features **

The extras include a look at the top ten Disney Channel character feuds, music videos for “True Friend” and “One in a Million”, and a bonus episode of That’s So Raven.

Summary:

Miley Cyrus is indeed One in a Million, and this collection of four of her zaniest and most star-studded misadventures is rib-tickling, musical entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

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