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The Bouquet (2012/Gaiam Vivendi DVD)/Nobody Walks (2012/Magnolia Blu-ray)/Who Did I Marry? (2012/E1 DVD)


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



Nothing like watching romance and love highly oversimplified, but these releases do that, though at least one tried to be more ambitious.



Anne Wheeler’s cable TV movie The Bouquet (2012) is not the one, here featuring a bored-looking Kristy Swanson as a business woman whose parents have a flower business, but when her father passes away, it turns out things were not going so well and it is in great trouble now.  Their priest (Danny Glover) tries to help, knowing the situation, but she is not getting along with her sister and will have to mend fences to save the business.


Unfortunately, nothing can save the extremely corny, silly script that also throws in a romance for our businesswoman and this was a very long and tired 90 minutes to sit through.  Some might even hope vampires or Mel Gibson would show up to spice things up, but no such luck.  Forgettable and nearly embarrassing, the disc even includes a Making Of featurette, but it adds nothing and you have seen this all before.



Ry Russo-Young fares a little better with Nobody Walks (2012) about a young woman (Olivia Thirlby) who stays at the home of a married man (John Krasinski) who is helping her add sound to her black and white short film.  She becomes involved with the pool boy (Rhys Wakefield) to some extent, but things get worse when she gets involved with the husband.  However, this is not some formulaic melodrama, but more of a mumblecore film that wants to be leisurely as it goes along.


The problem is that time that could have been spent on more character development (the actors are well cast and can act) is not used well and that flattens out what could have been a good film, including a few subplots that were not bad ideas.  It is at least interesting at times and none of the main characters are unlikable, but this does not add up to anything memorable or that we have not seen before, resulting in a potentially good film that disappoints.


Extras include BD Live interactive features, a Deleted Scene, Original Theatrical Trailer, AXS TV look at the film and separate on camera interviews with Thirlby and Russo-Young worth seeing after seeing the film.



Finally we have Curtis Von Burrell’s Who Did I Marry? (2012), part of yet another cycle of African American Christian-based melodramas inspired by the Tyler Perry juggernaut, but I think New Kingdom Pictures does this formula more seriously and smoothly, yet the results are sadly the same, predictable, knock-off results.  Still, if the makers can get past this, they could be the first unit to rival Perry’s.  We’ll see, but trying a more original title would be a good start.


Outtakes are the only extras.



The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer on Walks is easily the best looking of the three releases here, not only because it is in a higher format, but because it has a consistent look, while the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on the DVDs are softer, have color limits, detail issues and more than their share of motion blur.  Bouquet however is even poorer with more softness throughout, which should not be the case, but we guess they are using older HD cameras.


The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on Walks is easily the best sounding of the releases here, dialogue based like all three of them, but comparatively warmer, smoother and the best recorded of the three, though having the sound towards the front speakers then using sweetened sound effects for the post-production audio on the short film within this film is awkward.  The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVDs are poorer to begin with, but Bouquet tends to shift between practical monophonic sound in the center speaker and simple stereo echoed in the front speakers.  Very lame.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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