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Aunt Bam’s Place (2011/Lionsgate DVD)/A Fool & His Money (2012/Image DVD)/Good Deeds (2012/Tyler Perry/Lionsgate Blu-ray)


Picture: C/C/B-     Sound: C+/C+/B-     Extras: C-/D/C-     Main Programs: C-/D/C+



Will a new era of African American film and TV production result now that the Tyler Perry era is in decline?  Spike Lee had to self-fund his latest film, a revising of sorts to his classic Do The Right Thing (1989), while Tyler Perry is starting to see his box office slip and imitators are trying (and mostly failing) to be his successor.  We’ll see what happens, but here are some recent releases in the Perry Cycle including two by Perry himself.



Aunt Bam’s Place (2011) is his latest stage offering that is so imitated that you cannot tell the rip-offs and copies from the original, including in comparing Perry’s own work.  The same old combination of comedy, amusing characters and an inevitable calling to a God of the Christina Left, as young people need all the help they can get.  The twist here is the idea that a new character can be created to be the next Medea, but another over-accessorized lead may be too much for most and only serious fans will find this working for them as it preaches to its already established choir.  Extras include Cast Intros, From Cast To Cassi (Cassi Davis plays the title character) and a Behind The Scenes clip.



A Fool & His Money (2012) is almost the same play, but worse as a semi-religious family (some have found God, others have not, or there would be no formula script) win a million dollars in a radio contest, only for things to not work as well as they should.  The imitators like this series from David E. Talbert sometimes seem more forced as compared to the Perry originals, but anyone is a fan could not tell me if they could win a million bucks how Talbert’s works differ from Perry’s outside of the cast.  Three featurettes are the only extras.



Perry needs to expand more, but does not want to loose his audience, putting him in a corner that was more apparent than ever with the lack of commercial theatrical success with Good Deeds (2012) where he plays a businessman who might be too insensitive to the needs of his employees and others.  We could almost call this “Mr. Deeds Dodges Hell” with its beyond-obvious Christian message, but it takes itself a bit more seriously and having name actors like Thandie Newton, Jamie Kennedy, Rebecca Romijn, Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union is a more of the direction he needs to go into.  It also rings truer than the highly problematic For Colored Girls (reviewed elsewhere on this site).  Two featurettes and Digital Copy for PC and PC portable devices are the only extras



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on both DVDs have some good color range, but both are on the soft side and have too much motion blur for their own good.  The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Deeds has minor softness and issue problems, save a few bad shots and easily outperforms both.  The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes on the DVDs are better than their accompanying images, but are really stretching out what is simple stereo, while the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on Deeds is the best sound we have ever heard on a Perry release in any format, only held back by the fact that it is sop dialogue based.  Otherwise, it is well mixed and well recorded.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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