Friday, August 7, 2009

Hannah Montana: The Movie Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 39.0 GB
Film Size: 22.1 GB
Film Rating: G
Region: A

Video
Hannah Montana: The Movie comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. I have to say I was expecting an oversaturated bubble gum pink and colorful presentation, but instead we get a more natural looking film with rich but subtle colors. The film's look varied by scene, sometimes being sharp and detailed, and other times a bit more soft and flat.

There was a thin layer of grain present throughout the majority of the film, and black levels generally held up good. The soft look of the film surprised me a bit though, sometimes making scenes look a bit more dull and flat. It wasn't too bad though, and the transfer certainly has more positives than negatives. Fans of the film should be pleased with this Blu-ray effort. 8/10.

Audio
A 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included and I have mixed reactions. If you forget this is a 7.1 track, it's actually pretty good. the additional two speakers have minimal use throughout, they are active during any song in the film but very quiet in the mix. The audio is a bit more quiet than your average mix to begin with, so it helps to turn up the volume a bit more than usual on your receiver when viewing the film.

Dialogue was clear as can be, front and center. There are certain songs dialogue that aren't as impressive, due to the mixing of the song, and the obvious major editing of the vocals. There are also songs that sound very good and bring the oomph I was hoping for, such as 'Hoedown Throwdown', 'The Climb' and 'You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home.' 'The Climb' was one of my favorite audio moments in the film, with each instrument playing getting a bigger feel of separation and quality, the vocals also felt much more natural and really showed off the high-def audio track.

The film's effects are generally very front heavy, although they do expand more into the surround area at times. The track was far from disappointing though, and fans of the film will be very pleased with the upgrade in clarity and overall quality. 8.5/10.

Extras

Disc 1:

Audio Commentary
with Director Peter Chelsom

Deleted Scenes (10:36) (HD)
Four deleted scenes are included, with each deleted scene explained.

Music Videos (SD/HD)
"The Climb" - Official Music Video (SD)
"Back To Tennessee" Official Music Video (SD)
'You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home" (HD)
"Let's Get Crazy" (HD)
"The Climb" (HD)
"Bless The Broken Road" (HD)
"Crazier" (HD)

The Hoedown Throwdown Home Experience:
Everybody Now... /Learn The Moves (14:40) (HD)
The story of the Hoedown Throwdown, plus learn how to do the moves. Choreographer Jamal Sims and some of the cast show how to do the Hoedown Throwdown.

Find Your Way Back Home (15:07) (HD)
Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Emily Osment all show you some of their favorite places from their hometowns.

I Should Have Gone To Film School - With Jason Earles (15:19) (HD)
Jason Earles goes behind-the-scenes of making the film. It features a good amount of behind-the-scenes footage, although the making of is explained for kids to easily understand.

Fun With Hannah And The Gang (3:53) (HD)
Bloopers from the film.

BD-Live:
Radio Disney
Currently unavailable.

Country Store
Available during the film or directly. During the film this feature will allow you to select Hannah Montana items throughout the film and purchase them later.

Disc 2:
DVD copy of the film

Disc 3:
Digital Copy of the film

Blu-news Summary
Hannah Montana: The Movie is a very average but fun family film, the more family content on Blu-ray the better and this one definitely shines when compared to many available. The film is very cheesy and bubbly, but there's nothing wrong with that, especially for younger audiences. it's a film that will have your younger kids laughing, your tweens possibly crying of joy, and you surprised it wasn't as bad as you thought it would be.

The Blu-ray release is good, not amazing, but I'm glad the Blu-ray is given the deluxe treatment when it comes to this release, also including both a DVD and Digital Copy for your kids to take on the road or watch in their bedrooms. The video presentation was pleasing, the audio was nice, and the bonus features were aimed at kids but still enjoyable overall. This disc is 'Highly Recommended' for fans, 'Recommended' for those with tweens and children, and 'A Solid Rental' for those who haven't seen it but are curious.

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