Hannah Montana-Volume 2: Popstar Profile (2006)

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Released 4-Mar-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Family Featurette-The Real Miley Cyrus
Music Video-Nobody's Perfect
Rating ?
Year Of Production 2006
Running Time 95:00 (Case: 92)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up ?
Region Coding 4 Directed By Roger Christiansen
David Kendall
Jody Margolin
Lee Shallat Chemel
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring None Given
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RPI ? Music John Carta
Kenneth Burgomaster


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Unknown English Dolby Digital 2.0 (128Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) is the latest sensation in the booming tween market. Disney have this kind of market down to a science and Hannah Montana (as well as High School Musical) is the proof. A successful television series, music CDs, a record breaking concert tour and more licensed merchandise than you can imagine.

For those new to the show, Hannah Montana is about a teenage girl whose alter ego is a successful singer. Her family and two close friends from junior high school know she is a pop star, but no one else. The show deals with many of the issues that early teens deal with at school and home and also keeping her alter ego a secret from her classmates and fans. Miley's real-life father, Billy Ray Cyrus plays her father on the show and there are many Achy Breaky Heart jokes at his expense.

This DVD, Hannah Montana: Pop Star Profile sounds like it is going to be all about Hannah and her pop star life. Instead, this is a compilation DVD with a four episode arc from Hannah Montana's debut season. One episode even includes Dolly Parton guest starring as Miley's godmother.

The four episodes are;

New Kid in School (22:50)

More Than A Zombie To Me (22:45)

Good Golly, Miss Dolly (22:45)

People Who Use People (22:45)

On top of the four entertaining episodes, there is also some special feature content that is profiled below. Considering that neither of the show's two seasons are available on DVD, other than having the Disney Channel or watching Saturday Disney on the Seven Network, this is the only way to watch the show. This is the second compilation disc, meaning 8 episodes in total are available on DVD. Eventually the season sets will be available, but Disney's profit maximisation strategy will probably mean holding off until more of these compilation discs come out.

It's an amusing show that the whole family can enjoy. I've watched episodes with my kids (daughter and sons) and they genuinely laugh and really like the show. It's a lot of fun and I recommend the show wholeheartedly. However, it's hard to recommend this DVD specifically as I really have issues with buying compilation discs of episodes that aired 2 years ago. I'll spend my hard earned dollars on a full season set when that comes out. Disney, we are waiting!

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Transfer Quality

Video

The episodes are presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

Considering that it's a brand new television series you'd expect the picture to be great. The picture isn't bad, but it's not as clear as you'd expect.

Colours look ok, but they can be overly bright. Skin tones can also be a bit too red.

Black levels are decent and solid with no low level noise and shadow detail is just fine.

There is a subtitle option for English for the Hearing Impaired.

It's a decent transfer, but Disney could do better.

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Audio

The audio track is English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps).

The dialogue came through fine and there were no audio sync problems.

There were no drop out problems.

There's a quite a bit of music in each episode and overall it sounded good.

The surround and bass channels were not used, the only stereo components of the mix were the audience laughter track (which can get annoying) and the music.

Overall it was what you'd expect for a sitcom sound track.

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Extras

The Real Miley Cyrus (5:30)

Brief look at Miley with clips from the show, castmates and her family. Nothing much, but fans will lap it up.

"Nobody's Perfect" Performance (3:38)

Concert footage from one of her hit songs.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

R1 has 5.1 surround sound but considering this is only 4 episodes, its not a big deal.

Summary

It's a fun show for kids, but there's only a few episodes here.

The video is fine for this kind of show, but not as good as it could be.

The audio is competent.

The special features are nothing too special but the kids will enjoy them.

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© Ben Smith (boku no bio)
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Review Equipment
DVDMarantz DV4300, using Component output
DisplaySony VPL HS10 projector on 100 inch 16x9 screen + Palsonic 76WSHD. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony STR-DE685. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationPioneer
SpeakersDB Dynamics VEGA series floor standers + centre, DB bipole rears, 10" 100W DB Dynamics sub

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