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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Hannah Montana The Movie (3-Disc Combo Pack)'
(Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lucas Till, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, et al / DVD+Blu ray / G / 2009 / Disney)

Overview: Get ready to be dazzled by Disney's big-screen smash hit Hannah Montana the Movie, filled with laughs, adventure, family fun and fabulous music! Come along for the ride and see Hannah like never before as she returns to her roots and faces the most important decision of her life!

DVD Verdict: As an insomniac, I'll admit to having caught all the reruns of Hannah Montana on late night Disney Channel, and I was won over not only by Miley Cyrus' perky charms but by a show that captured some of the broad but nevertheless character-driven style of classic 1960s television. So, I approached 'Hannah Montana: The Movie' with the expectations of having a bit more fun than I did watching the Lizze Maguire movie, and that one wasn't all that bad. What a disappointment!

'Hannah Montana: The Movie' tosses out nearly all the successful ingredients of the TV series, reducing nearly all the show's supporting characters to cameo roles. Even Jason Earles, who plays Miley's brother and frequently is responsible for generating the show's biggest laughs, seems to have been largely left on the cutting room floor. And I may have stumbled into the truth there.

'Hannah Montana: The Movie' is so choppily-edited and so poorly structured, I think there might be an entirely better, if perhaps sillier movie on that same cutting room floor. Who knows? What we're left with is an overly serious Miley returning to her country roots, and the overlong scenes of her cornpone family strumming guitars and singing country songs are such a white-folks-got-soul cliche, they must be some kind of reverse racism. Miley remains as cute as a button, but we don't even get her usual fashion parade here.

She looks distressingly like, well, just a normal girl. Surprisingly, her dad Billy Ray Cyrus comes off best, the warm charm of his TV persona translating nicely to the big screen. He's a great TV dad. But you'll have more fun watching four or five episodes of the Hannah Montana TV series than watching this movie. [MW] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

The Hoedown Throwdown Dance-Along Learn The Moves!
DVD Of The Movie Plus Bonus, DisneyFile Digital Copy
The Dance Experience With The Cast
7 Music Videos
Cast Bloopers Fun With Hannah And The Gang
Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary On The film With Director Peter Chelsom
Find Your Way Back Home Join The Stars As They Show You Around Their Hometowns
I Should Have Gone To Film School
Go Behind The Scenes With Jason Earles For Movie Secrets And More!
Disney BD-Live