Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
The cover features a shot of Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana, singing for the masses. Not a great cover, as there is not much to it.
The menu is supposed to reflect the 3D aspect of the movie, even on the 2D film. It is presented with two cubes that rotate, with various shots from the concert. The cubes are colored in the same way that the movie looks, which means it looks blue and red and purple. I really didn’t like the menu at all.
The extras include a short Featurette that is a behind the scenes piece that easily (and probably) appeared on the Disney Channel to promote this DVD. It is pretty basic, and it doesn’t add much more than the pieces that we were given in between some of the music in the film.
Also included are some additional songs that were not included in the movie, from both Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. There is also a sing-a-long for the songs, which I have to admit I did not participate in (I don’t really know these songs, and even if I did, if Ascully caught me singing along to them, I would probably not be allowed to review any more DVD’s, and he might have me sent to a Looney bin.)
The extras are not all that great, and not all that expansive.
This really isn’t a movie as much as it is a concert. It features Miley Cyrus, and her alter ego Hannah Montana, the Disney Channel superstar. Miley Cyrus performs as both herself and the Disney character, and is joined onstage by Disney boy-band the Jonas Brothers. It is basically a full concert set from her insanely-hard-to-get-tickets-for tour. If you live under a rock (or are over the age of 17) you may not know about the tour that basically sold out at every venue it played across the US last year. This is an up close view of the show, complete with thousands of screaming young girls.
I can’t really say too much negative about the concert itself. This may shock a few people, but I actually thought that it looked and sounded great, and it was extremely refreshing to see a live show that was not lip-synched or overly choreographed (okay, so there was a bit too much choreography for my liking, but this is a Disney Channel concert.)
Miley Cyrus is the real deal, and the girl can sing. She has enough talent to make this concert seem fun and fresh, even if I didn’t really know any of the songs themselves. There was no drum machine moments, and it was well done from start to finish. Now this is not really my type of music, and I definitely was not crying when I was unable to procure (although I didn’t try to get them anyway) tickets for the show here in my city, but for those who like Miley Cyrus, I think this was a pretty good concert.
The concert itself is presented with little clips of Miley with her friends, or father in between songs, which is a nice way to bridge the gap in these types of concert movies (see my review of the Rolling Stones Shine a Light, which also did this in an even better way). It is nice to break up the show, and it adds a bit of intimacy to what would otherwise be just a straight video of a concert.
Overall I thought that Best of Both World was well done, even if it was not really done for me. Entertaining and fun, which is how a concert, especially one aimed at younger kids, should be. If I had one complaint, it was the fact that Miley kept winking at fans as the show went on, and I would simply say stop. It is kind of creepy and weird, and I can see her father Billy Ray Cyrus doing the same thing as he sang Achy Breaky Heart,” and it makes me feel a bit queasy.
Video & Audio: 8/10
The audio and video was well done. Crisp and clean on the 2D version, and the colors were bright for a concert DVD. There is a slick 3D version that is also included in the DVD, and it was amazingly cool. I got a bit of a headache after a while, but the 3D effect was actually pretty well done. There were 3D glasses included with the DVD, and it was great to see my whole family decked out in the (very cool) shades. It looked pretty neat, but I can’t see myself really watching the 3D version again. It was gimmicky, and probably not needed.
The audio was again very nicely done. Even with the somewhat annoying crowd noise (it seemed mixed in a bit high at times when compared to the music) it really worked, and added to the experience. Miley was loud and crisp, and very understandable, which is a always a plus when watching a concert DVD. Overall pretty well done.
If you have pre-teen, or teenage girls who are into Hannah Montana, you probably “have to have this” movie. If you are not into Hannah Montana, I would not really recommend buying this. It is a very well done, entertaining concert DVD, but I think like all concert DVD’s, you must be a fan of the performer. If you are not a fan of Hannah Montana, don’t bother. But by saying that, I am not really a fan of Hannah Montana, and I thought the DVD was pretty decent for what it is.