The Disney Channel's latest hit series is this fluffy bit of wish fufillment starring Miley Cyrus (daughter of singer Billy Ray, who also stars) as Miley Stewart, a teenager who moves out to California from Tennessee to become a pop star. By day, she's an average student who lives a normal life with friends and homework. At night, she's Hannah Montana, a pop star who sells out huge concerts and looks oddly like a younger Hilary Duff.
The episodes are often centered around Miley and her friends - Oliver Oken (Mitchel Musso) and Lilly Truscott (Emily Osment) - getting into adventures or Miley trying to keep her pop star identity a secret. The series doesn't exactly look slick, even for a cable series (the school sets look like they were taken from "Saved by the Bell"), but the show offers some fun plots and energetic performances (Billy Ray Cyrus is entertaining as Hannah/Miley's father/manager.)
"Pop Star Profile" is another "best of" volume of the series, providing four episodes from the show: "New Kid in School" (TV star Jake Ryan starts to attend school, taking all the attention and leading Miley to consider telling everyone she's Hannah), "Good Golly, Miss Dolly" (Miley tells her Aunt Dolly about her feelings for Jake, only to find that the taped confession of her feelings has ended up in Jake's hands) , "More Than a Zombie" (Miley declines Jake's invite to the school dance, then when she reconsiders, he's already asked someone else) and "People Who Use People" (Miley tries to make Jake jealous by going out with another guy.)
VIDEO: The series is presented by Disney in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show's original aspect ratio. The series looks bright, crisp and colorful on this DVD presentation, which is likely similar to how the show looks when broadcast. Aside from some minor shimmer, the picture appeared crisp and clean. Colors are bright, well-saturated and clean, with no smearing.
SOUND: The Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation offers crisp, clear music, dialogue and effects, but certainly doesn't put the surrounds to much use.
EXTRAS: Short featurette and video for "Nobody's Perfect".
Final Thoughts: While it's a bummer that the show isn't offered in full season sets, fans will still likely want to pick up this latest volume of the show on DVD.