Hannah Montana Forever (a J!-ENT DVD Review)
November 22, 2010 by Dennis Amith
For “Hannah Montana” fans, each season of the TV series including the feature length film was building up to the moment when Miley Stewart would reveal to the world that she and Hannah Montana are the same person. “Hannah Montana Forever” features the new two-part special plus five episodes where we see Miley throughout the four seasons being torn apart of having to live two lives. If you are a longtime “Hannah Montana” or Miley Cyrus fan, this DVD is definitely for you!
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DVD TITLE: Hannah Montana Forever
DURATION: 185 minutes (one special + five episodes)
DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital, NTSC, Color, Dolby Digital Stereo Sound, French and Spanish Language Tracks and Subtitles, Full Screen (1:33:1)
COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: November 2, 2010
Created by Richard Correll, Barry O’Brien, Michael Poryes
Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana
Emily Osment as Lilly Truscott
Jason Earles as Jackson Stewart
Billy Ray Cyrus as Robbie Stewart
Mitchell Musso as Oliver Oken
Moises Arias as Rico
World-famous superstar Hannah Montana has been living a double life as Malibu teen Miley Stewart?! Say what, say what? In the much-anticipated, 1-hour episode from the all-new season, HANNAH MONTANA FOREVER, the whole world will watch as Hannah takes the wig off … for good! This is the must-have series collection that includes all of Hannah’s biggest moments when she takes off the wig and shares her true identity. Hannah has been rocking the world and living the celebrity life, but behind all the glitz and glamour, she’s just a normal teenage girl named Miley Stewart. Things get complicated when she has to keep her true identity from friends, classmates, crushes, paparazzi and millions of fans! Join Miley on a journey of self-discovery in 8 hilarious episodes — including the sensational series pilot! Watch as she confesses her double life to her BFFs Lilly and Oliver, then to Jake, and then to…? You’ll have to watch to find out! Will Hannah finally take center stage as Miley Stewart? It’s the big moment y’all have been waiting for — and you can see it first, only on this DVD! Sweet nibblets!
It’s the end of Hannah Montana.
For four seasons and a feature length movie, we have seen the character of Miley Stewart struggling with having a normal life and being another person with her music persona Hannah Montana. With the release of “Hannah Montana Forever”, this latest DVD focuses on various moments in Miley Stewart’s life in which she contemplated telling the world that she is Hannah Montana. But most of all, it features the special episode “I’ll Always Remember You” when a grown up Miley Stewart is now pushed to the brink of deciding to tell the world that she is Hannah Montana.
Having a child that is a big fan of various Disney series, “HANNAH MONTANA” has been part of our household family viewing for years. So, suffice to say that I have watched and reviewed a good share of the episodes of “HANNAH MONTANA” to get a good feel of what the series is about.
While the ending of the first season who could have been a good series finale for actress/singer Miley Cyrus, she and the cast came back for one more final season to tie everything together and say goodbye. And possibly a good time for the singer to leave her TV persona as she has grown up, doing feature length films and has said many times in interviews that she now wants to try different things in her life that is not targeted towards a younger audience. Which is understandable as we have seen this young teenager grownup quickly before our eyes and has become a young woman.
For those not familiar with the television show that launched the career of pop star, Miley Cyrus, “HANNAH MONTANA” is a popular Disney Channel television series which started back in 2006 and revolves around a family of three.
Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) is a normal teenage girl but when she goes on stage and records an album, she dons a blond wig and is known as the popular pop idol Hannah Montana.
Her father/manager Robbie (real life father, Billie Ray Cyrus) has given her the dual identity so she can live a normal teenage life. She lives with her brother Jackson (played by Jason Earles) who is a bit of goof off who tends to get himself into some sort of predicament at home or at work at the hot dog stand owned by young entrepreneur Rico (played by Moises Arias). For Miley/Hannah, she is fortunate to have her best friend Lilly Truscott (played by Emily Osment) and Oliver Oken (played by Mitchel Musso) around at times to be her voice of reason and to help bail her out of trouble.
In the third season, Miley having made a successful movie, her career is doing well but getting a taste of her old life in Tennessee, she questions if California or Tennessee should be her true home. Jackson is dealing with decisions about college (and not going to college) and living on his own. Oliver has done well in a music talent show and sees his music career starting to blossom while Lilly is now living with Miley and figuring out where she fits in with the success of her best friends. Eventually Miley and the family ended up moving but Lilly came to move in with the Stewarts.
In the fourth season, Miley has a new boyfriend named Jesse (her guitarist), Jackson has a new girlfriend named Siena and as for Lilly, she and Miley are trying to get into Stanford University.
The “Hannah Montana – Forever?” DVD features a total of seven episodes. Included are:
- EPISODE 94: I’ll Always Remember You - The kids are growing up and as for Miley, things are heating up between her and Jesse but when Jesse accidentally kisses Hannah Montana after her performance on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, everyone wants to know who Hannah’s new boyfriend is. Everything seemed alright until he and Miley were together and media started to speculate why Hannah would date a boy who was two-timing her. Eventually the pressure from the media starts to work its way into their relationship and it becomes too hard on Jesse.
- EPISODE 89: De-Do-Do-Do, Da-Don’t-Don’t-Don’t Tell My Secret! – Miley nearly blows her cover when she returns home as Hannah Montana which causes a jealous Siena to wonder why Hannah was at Jackson’s home?
- EPISODE 35: Achey Jakey Heart (Part 1) - When popular actor Jake tells the world on TV that he loves Miley Stewart, Miley becomes popular in the media.
- EPISODE 36: Achy Jakey Heart (Part 2) - Miley reveals her secret to Jake that she is Hannah Montana.
- EPISODE 2: Miley Get Your Gum - What happens when Miley reveals to her friend Oliver that she is Hannah Montana?
- Episode 1 – Pilot: Lilly, Do You Want to Know a Secret? - What happens when Lilly sneaks into Hannah Montana’s dressing room and finds out that her friend Miley is Hannah Montana.
VIDEO, AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Hannah Montana – Forever” is presented in Full Screen (1:33:1) and is featured in Dolby Digital Stereo Sound with also a French and Spanish audio track available. Subtitles are in English SDH, French and Spanish.
The DVD comes with the following special feature:
- Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure! - (2:09) A sneak peak into Ashley Tisdale’s latest “High School Musical” related film, “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure”.
With the last DVD, “Hannah Montana – Miley Says Goodbye?”, the episodes focused on the kids growing up and now having to make decisions about life, love and career. It was not known at the time if the season would be the final season of “Hannah Montana” but for the episodes alone, I felt it would have been a fitting ending if Disney chose not to renew the series.
Personally, it’s quite interesting to see how much has changed with the characters and to see them grow from these young kids to now young adults within the last five years and here we are with “Hannah Montana Forever”. For four seasons, we have seen Miley Stewart agonize about having to live the life of two people. And through each season and the feature film, we have seen her getting closer and closer to revealing herself to the public. Well, she did in the “Hannah Montana” film to her local town (who promised to not tell a soul about her real identity) but for the TV series, we see Miley now grown up. Dating a boy named Jesse and trying to hide it from the public, but when Jesse slips and kisses her during a late night talk show, now their relationship is put under a microscope.
Meanwhile, Miley and Lilly are trying to get into Stanford University and once again, being Hannah Montana has taken its toll on Miley getting into college. This season is literally the breaking point for Miley Stewart as she is sick of hiding behind Hannah Montana. It was fine when she was younger but now she has grown up and she’s tired of hiding behind the blonde hair.
So, it was quite interesting to see this DVD release of “Hannah Montana Forever” show us various moments in which Miley Stewart has had enough of Hannah Montana and having to become two people. We get the first two episodes of “Hannah Montana”, the Jake episodes from season two and two episodes from the new season four.
And most importantly we do get the two-part special 94th episode (the episode before the final episode) with the major big reveal by Miley Stewart. I suppose when you think about it, nearly each season was building up to this special episode, so it was bound to happen.
Overall, as a father of a child who enjoys the series, the show definitely has its share of hilarious moments and for one special plus five episodes for a low price, you really can’t go wrong with it. Fans of Miley Cyrus and “Hannah Montana” won’t be disappointed.
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