hannahmontanadvd‘Hannah Montana’ has taken the world by storm since its debut on the Disney Channel in March 2006. Miley and Bill Ray Cyrus took a rather simple concept and have turned it into gold. This is more than just a television show; this sitcom has turned into a phenomenon with girls ages 6 and up. Disney has really steam rolled with this franchise making it one of their most successful shows ever on the network.

Miley Stewart lives with her father Robbie Ray and Jackson (Jason Earles) as they have moved to Tennessee from Malibu. Throughout the entire show, Miley holds a secret from all of her friends and classmates that. No matter how many close calls she has had with her friends finding out her secret, she has done a good job covering it up. When Miley is Hannah in concert and at parties, she wears a blonde wig and make up that makes her unrecognizable to others. Miley lives a double life that is rather difficult for her as we see in many of the episodes. This is by choice as Miley wants to be liked for who she is and not for being a pop star.

While her secret identity is great in allowing her to live this double life, there are many times where she just wants to come out and let others know who she is. In the first few episodes Hannah hides her identity from her friend Lilly (Emily Osment), who can be that irritating friend that would drive you nuts. Even worse though is her friend Oliver Oken (Mitchel Musso) who continues to chase Hannah after her concerts and even dives into the moving limo as an example.

Guest stars galore appear on the show such as her Aunt Dolly (Dolly Parton), Patrick Ryan Anderson (Todd), Ma-Mau (Carol Burnett) and Brooke Shields (Miley’s Mom) to name a few stars. Guest stars have been incorporated into the show rather well and many making multiple return appearances.

The acting is utterly superb in ‘Hannah Montana’, no matter how goofy and off the wall some of the shows premises might be. Chemistry between the entire cast feels just right, even from the first episode. Miley does a great job with the dual role and she has a great onscreen chemistry with her father (which I would have expected). If I have one problem with the show is that Robbie Ray’s character sometimes treats Jackson differently as if he isn’t a part of the family. It is as if Robbie Ray shows a lot of favoritism towards Miley the way the show is written. There have been a few episodes where I felt bad for his character.

‘Hannah Montana’ is a show that the whole family can sit down and enjoy. There are a lot of comedic moments in each episode. It is nice to also see many life lessons injected into some of the episodes central storylines.

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The show on DVD looks very good with a clean transfer that isn’t overly impressive, but good enough to enjoy the show. Audio is presented in Dolby Digtial 5.1 mix. The 2.0 mix is good enough for the show since this is a more dialogue driven television series. I do wish that during the concert scenes, the rears could have been utilized. Dialogue is very clean and crisp through the center as this is a front heavy presentation.

Special Features

  • Back Home Again with Miley – Join Miley for a visit to her hometown – Nashville Tennessee! 2008 Disney Channel
  • Games Kickoff Episode– Watch Miley kick off the festivities with a special performance.
  • Hannah Highlights – Select episodes presented with cool pop-up trivia and interviews with thecast —including Miley!

I found the ‘Hannah Montana’ to be very entertaining television show that is just right for the entire family to enjoy. Disney has made ‘Hannah Montana’ as their core show building every other programming around it like the same was done with ‘That’s So Raven’ several years ago.