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.)
"One in a Million" is another "best of" volume of the series, providing four episodes from the show: "Lilly's Mom Has Got It Goin' On" (Robby goes on a date with Lily's mom, but when it doesn't go well, Lilly and Miley turn on one another), "Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas" (Miley is envious when her dad gets to spend time with the Jonas Brothers), "I Will Always Loathe You" (Miley gets pulled into the feud between Aunt Dolly and Mamaw) and "That's What Friends Are For?" (When Jake Ryan wants to be just friends with Miley, she's okay with that until she finds that he has to kiss her enemy Mikalya in a movie.)
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: "Top 10 Disney Channel Character Feuds" featurette, "One in a Million" music video, "True Friend" music video and bonus episode of "That's So Raven".
Final Thoughts: With the demand very clearly present, it's a surprise that Disney has not started to put out full season sets of "Hannah Montana", but fans will still likely grab these "best of" titles moments after they hit the shelves. The DVD offers fine audio/video quality, as well as a few minor extras. Recommended for fans.