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Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (2011/First Run DVD)/Kiss Me (2012/Wolfe DVD)

 

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

 

 

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Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf co-directed Chely Wright: Wish Me Away (2011), a new biographical documentary on one of Country Music’s best female vocalists in decades.  Not just recycling the sounds of bad 1970s Pop/Rock/Country (and adding electronic music to boot), she was sexy, beautiful, glamorous and… lesbian!  However, she kept that last part to herself for years and while she was having hits, this nearly destroyed her.

 

This 96 minutes look at her life, coming out and finding happiness (despite a backlash from the ever-increasingly Right Wing, phony, shallow Country Music industry) in the face of fame and loneliness.  It is one of the more interesting stories in all of recent music you have not heard and ironically, a woman who is one of the few artists to advance that music genre is scorned.  They need all the help they can get and I guess bravery, honestly and individuality are just not in Country Music like they used to be.

 

Extras include text bios, a photo gallery and featurette Chely At Home With Her Wife.

 

 

Alexandra Theresa Keining’s Kiss Me (2012) is a drama from Sweden about an architect (Ruth Vega Fernandez) who has a nice, solid, smooth professional life until she meets Frida (Liv Mjanes) who she falls in love with, finds out she is a lesbian and they get totally involved with each other.  Unfortunately, Mia is engaged to her boyfriend Tim and now she has to make some serious decisions quick.  Is she really lesbian or just having a severe infatuation?  Does she also love Tim?  Could this complicate Mia’s Father marrying Mia’s Mother?

 

You can see how melodramatic and complicated this gets and while the actors are good and locales nice, the film becomes as mixed as it sounds with some clichés and some passages of scenes that do not help explore the multiple interconnecting situations or try to explore new ground despite covering ignored ground.  I even believe the actors and this could have become a disaster or spoof of itself easily.  However, it stops short of really working and is worth a look only if you are really interested.  A trailer and Music Video are the only extras.

 

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on Chely and 2.35 X 1 image on Kiss are about even as the former has location video issues and its share of vintage low-def analog footage, but the latter has poor Video Black, a lack of depth and detail issues.  I wonder if a Blu-ray would improve that.  Both also come with lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo mixes, but the 5.1 in both cases sounds better.  In Chely’s case, it brings out the music best, while in Kiss’ case, it brings out the sound period as the sound is pretty low to begin with so be careful of volume switching when viewing.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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