Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hannah Montana: Miley Says Goodbye?

Growing up means becoming more responsible, and Miley (Miley Cyrus) and her brother Jackson (Jason Earles) face some difficult, life-changing decisions in the final six episodes of the third and penultimate season of Hannah Montana. "You Never Give Me Money" finds Jackson pleading for a later curfew and Miley angling for a raise in her allowance, but when puppy-dog eyes and begging don't seem to convince their dad (Billy Ray Cyrus), Jackson and Miley discover that acting responsibly might just do the trick. Hannah has to stand up to her father and a crazy choreographer in "Papa's Got a Brand New Friend," and in "Promma Mia," she has to choose between singing a duet with David Archuleta and keeping her word to a geeky classmate. "He Could Be the One" chronicles Hannah's simultaneous infatuation with Jake and fellow band member Jesse and her turmoil over deciding which boy to date. In the end, it's Miley's departed mother that helps Miley realize that true happiness can only be found by following her heart. This episode is punctuated by a multitude of hilarious musical interludes performed by Jackson and Rico (Moises Arias) in a range of musical styles, including a Scottish jig, a Caribbean song, a Broadway duet, and even a disco number. The surprisingly moving two-part episode "Miley Says Goodbye?" may just signal the end of an era for Hannah Montana fans as Miley struggles to decide whether to remain in Hollywood or return to her home town of Crowley Corners, Tennessee. While Miley can't imagine moving away from her close friends Lilly (Emily Osment) and Jackson (Mitchel Musso), she misses her horse Blue Jeans, her family, and her life in the country. After some bizarre dreams in which Miley's horse pleads with her to come home, Miley again realizes that only by listening to what's in her heart can she figure out which course of action will make her happy. Only one question remains: how will her friends and family feel about her decision?
The Hannah Montana television series has consistently done a good job of portraying the joys and difficulties of growing up, and these final episodes of the third season do not disappoint. Bonus features include an alternate ending to "He Could Be the One"; "Sister Secrets," which features eight minutes of cast interviews by Miley Cyrus's real-life sister Brandi Cyrus; and a rendition of the episode "You Never Give Me Money," with more pop-up trivia than one would imagine possible. Viewers can only guess at what the final season of Hannah Montana will bring

Bonus Features include:
He Could Be The One, Alternate Ending
Hannah's Highlights: You Never Give Me My Money Episode
Sister Secrets: Miley's Real-Life Sister Reveals Another Side Of Miley!

I have to admit that this video was totally not what I was expecting. First of all, I was expecting it to be a movie. Why? I have no idea. But for some reason I didn't realize it was actual episodes of the Hannah Montana show. I also thought this would be the final time we would see the Hannah Montana character, but everything I am reading online seems to indicate that there will be at least another season of this show, much to the delight of young girls everywhere.

This DVD includes six episodes. The show has changed since it first appeared on the Disney channel, but that's to be expected. The kids on the show are getting older and the situations they find themselves in are more in line with what teens face in the real world today. Here are the episodes that are included (and I won't give away anything, so no spoilers!):
-You Never Give Me My Money
-Papa's Got A New Friend
-Promma Mia
-He Could Be the One
-Miley Says Goodbye? Part 1
-Miley Says Goodbye? Part 2

My favorite episode was "You Never Give Me My Money", as I think it's so difficult to teach children about finances. I also thought the two-part "Miley Says Goodbye?" was very touching...surprisingly so.

This is a great DVD for any Miley fan. Very funny, very touching and lots of great extras.

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