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If You Really Love Me (2012/RLJ DVD)/Steel Magnolias (2012 TV Movie remake/Sony DVD)


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



Now for two African American cast dramas…



Roger Melvin’s If You Really Love Me (2012) is a choppy, formulaic drama comedy about three sisters trying to find happiness by finding “a good man” in this long 88 minutes exercise where the actors talk at each other with dialogue that gives them little choice.  This ran on and on for a while and never added up, though I wondered if it suddenly might, but there is not enough ‘love’ for the audience we guess.


The cast can be likable if they just got a good chance, but everything here comes across as generic and ultimately very disappointing.  At least they were not trying to copy Tyler Perry.


A Photo Gallery is the only extra.



In speaking of copying, we have a third version (yikes) of Steel Magnolias, but this time as a 2012 TV Movie remake with Queen Latifah (who co-produced), Alfie Woodard, Phylicia Rashad and the ever-underrated Jill Scott, directed by Kenny Leon.  Unfortunately, it is as tired as the overrated 1989 theatrical film we recently reviewed in its limited edition Blu-ray version at this link:




Of course, if you like the original and anyone in this cast, or are just curious to see what they did with the remake, you may want to see this.  Otherwise, this is one magnolia to walk by.


Ultraviolent Copy is the only extra, if you can call it that.



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image on both DVDs are a bit soft, but the overstylized approach on Steel actually makes it look weaker than Love, which has better color range and a more consistent image.  The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on Steel should be better than the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on Love, but both are dialogue-based, so don’t expect much sonically from either.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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