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Madea's Neighbors From Hell - The Play (2014/Lionsgate DVD)

Picture: C Sound: B- Extras: C Main Program: C+

Madea and Aunt Bam gets some new neighbors, a woman and her 3 foster kids, but things aren't what they seem when things go missing in the neighborhood. It is up to Medea and Aunt Bam to give a good old fashion schooling (and a$$ whooping) on how to raise unruly kids and the adults who watch over them in Madea's Neighbors from Hell - The Play (2014).

Medea is back in another live action play, the kind that introduced her to begin with, in a story of kids growing up in corrupt and broken foster care system. Their new neighbor adopted the foster kids, but only to collect their welfare money for herself, leaving them starving, beaten and on their own most of the time. The children are forced to steal or prostitute themselves out to just find food, and get caught by Medea who discover what their story is and then deals her own brand of justice.

Tyler Perry's Medea is a wonderful comedy and character, you no longer see him as a man, but a tough, no nonsense, old African American woman. The story is mainly about child abuse with foster care system and why so much goes ignored, when legal systems fail, it up to Medea to save the day. Note that unlike the feature films, the stage versions have musical moments.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a little softer than it should be for a production at this point, but the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is more like it, if not perfect. Extras include digital and behind the scenes.

- Ricky Chiang


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