Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best Of Both Worlds Concert

Featured In Issue 135, October 2008

WSR Score3.5
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Why choose between Hannah Montana And Miley Cyrus when you can experience the Best Of Both Worlds in this 3-D Concert. Enjoy Miley Cyrus as herself, as well as her alter ego Hannah Montana, in this groundbreaking stage performance. Awesome sets and unforgettable dance moves choreographed by Kenny Ortega will have every tweener within listening range squealing with delight for this largely hyped title. Playing support band for Hannah's act is another successful Disney phenomenon, the Jonas Brothers. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include two additional songs; a Sing Along With The Movie option, which contains all the songs in the movie with subtitle lyrics; an 11-minute backstage featurette The Ultimate Personal Tour; and previews.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.84:1 DVD appears smeared, with relatively poor resolution. Black levels are elevated, and shadows are flat. Fleshtones are pasty, and colors generally have a slightly dim appearance. Compression artifacts aren't overly distracting, and edge enhancement is generally minor. The 3-D experience is fairly ineffective, although there is some depth into the screen, and the paper filter glasses destroy color accuracy. But it should still be enjoyable for the target audience. Four sets of glasses are included with the disc. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc is an improvement, with a less washed-out appearance on non-concert material. Black levels are still slightly elevated, but colors are bold and vibrant. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack's front stage is wide and nicely mixed. The surround channels are used well for crowd reaction and to create a sense of space in the arenas, but the non-concert portions are more reminiscent of a documentary, with a poor use of the surrounds. The non-concert scenes sound thin and forward with poor spatial dimensionality, and the concert scenes often lack a sense of depth. The LFE channel is used frequently and bass definition is fair. Vocals are often lost in the loud instruments as well. The Blu-ray Disc's lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1-channel encoding improves overall fidelity, with slightly tighter bass, but vocals are still lost in the instruments at times. (Danny Richelieu)