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DVD Review: Hannah Montana – Miley Says Goodbye?

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Written by Pirata Hermosa

To coincide with the end of the third season, Disney released the latest Hannah Montana DVD today. As the title suggests, there’s a big question that needs to be answered. Is Miley (Miley Cyrus), really planning on leaving behind her secret life as Hannah Montana and moving back to Tennessee?

Thinking back on her visit to Tennessee, which was the basis for 2009’s feature film, Miley finds herself dreaming about her horse, Blue Jeans. Longing for the country life, she talks her father, Robby (Billy Ray Cyrus) into bringing the horse to California. But Blue Jeans isn’t satisfied at just being left in the stables; he begins following her home, to school, the beach, and just about everywhere she goes. Not knowing what to do about her horse’s wandering ways, she goes back to sleep and once again dreams about Blue Jeans, who helps her realize that she wasn’t just missing the horse, but she’s missing Tennessee. And the only thing to do is to pack up her belongings and move back home.

While she struggles with her decision and how she is going to tell her two best friends, Lilly (Emily Osment) and Oliver (Mitchell Musso), that she’s leaving, her brother Jackson (Jason Earles) is busy struggling with his first apartment and the fact that it’s falling apart. To make things even more complicated, Oliver has been asked to open for the band “Tepid Funk” on their six-month world tour. This means they would both be leaving Lilly totally alone. Feeling guilty, they decide to take her out for a day of fun and adventure, so she’ll have something to remember them by. After a little more soul searching, some advice from her brother, a pinch of wisdom from her father, and a musical montage about friendship, everything works out in the end.

The DVD contains five Season 3 episodes: “You Never Give Me My Money,” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Friend,” “Promma Mia,” “He Could Be the One,” and the two-part season finale, “Miley Says Goodbye?” There is also an alternate ending for “He Could be the One” and two other bonus features.

"Sister Secrets" is a look at the set with behind-the-scenes access to the cast as Miley’s sister, Brandi, interviews them and asks embarrassing questions about one another. This was actually fairly entertaining and a little silly, as it should be.

"Hannah’s Highlights" is reminiscent of watching Pop-Up videos on VH1 where interesting trivia and completely random thoughts are shown on the screen during the episode “You Never Give Me My Money”. If you’re interested in just watching the episode, it’s much better to watch without the comments because they are very distracting.

It’s hard to understand why this season finale is being marketed as it is. Granted, there is a cliffhanger, but it’s not really a good one. Not only has it already been announced that there will be a fourth season, but the suspense only lasts for a week as Part One was shown last Sunday and Part Two is on this Sunday. With the DVD dropping between the two airings, it probably won’t generate any extra purchases.

The season finale is also a little flat as it deviates from the normal formula. It spends way too much time focusing on Miley’s dreams and her talking horse. Normally, Miley would be dragging her friends in to some elaborate scheme that ultimately backfires, but instead all of the humor is left up to Jackson and his new apartment.

The other four episodes on the disc are random selections from throughout the season and don’t really have any common link between them. They are fairly typical episodes and most fans will like them.

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  • vania pat

    hi miley how are you ? i will miss you please dont go i love your shoe i will cry i am you number 1 fan i love you so much

  • dorothy

    you should always do what your heart tells you should always no matter what you should fallow your heart and you dreams love halaaa

  • madelyn

    i purchased the dvd since i’m a huge fan but must admit i was a bit disappointed with part 2. what should’ve been a semi-heavy emotional episode (as heavy as you can get for a tweener show) was acted with fake crying *with the intentions of being fake, not fake crying as in they are actors crying. it seemed like miley was reciting lines not really putting any emotion into it. i’m looking forward to her performance in the last song and hope that she brings out the big guns for what is sure to be an emotional nicholas sparks ride. regardless, i’ll continue to look forward to season 4 of hannah.

  • princess

    is miley leaving for true?

  • princess

    y did miley have to leave

  • princess

    miley u r the best movie star that disney channel have to me and it hurt me so deep when i found out that you were leaving.PLEASE DNT GO WE LOVE U WE REALY DO.By the way i wish my dad was like your so funny and knid.

  • princess

    hi miley WE ALL LOVE YOU AND WE DONT WANT YOU TO GO BACK TO TENNISE I LOVE YOUR SHOWS you are so kind and funny your number 1 fan

  • twiggy1234

    you ppl do relise they fired her shes fired for her little pole dance thing at the mucic awards thing and for having thoes pics and for geting thoes tats shes not really going to tennies she dosent have a horse anmed blue jeans SHE IS JUST FIRED!!!!!!

  • bbb

    thank u miley u suck ur such a snoti brat that only happend because of ur dad

  • desy123

    im mad yhu have 2 leave but yhu can always com bac 2 perform nd i will make sure im there.it is rumurs bout yhu coming in da summma.well i will be missn yhu and i will watch all the movies yhu made.i will also watch all the seies ova cuz i got the. movie.all im tri’n to say is plz plz plz plz plz dont go.peace and luv

  • aubrie

    do you leave montana

  • aubrie

    yoooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu aarrrrrrreeeeeeeee ssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooo ccooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllll