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Diary Of A Mad Black Woman
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 99 (Aug 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor, Cicely Tyson & Tyler Perry

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lions Gate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 17556
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For Drug Content, Thematic Elements, Crude Sexual References And Some Violence.
(Retail Price): $28.95
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 117
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/28/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): Tyler Perry
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
For 18 years Helen (Elise) has been married to Charles (Harris), now a wealthy attorney. On the night of their anniversay Charles suddenly announces that he wants a divorce and kicks Helen out of the house. With nowhere else to go, Helen goes to see her feisty grandmother Madea (Perry), who tries to make Helen see that she can go on without her husband. As Helen begins to move on with her life, we learn through the "Diary Of A Mad Black Woman" all about Helen's secrets, feelings, and most especially her fears. (Tricia Spears)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture often exhibits soft characteristics. While details can be nicely rendered, there is a slight haze noticed throughout. Colors are nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are also very nicely rendered. There is some pixel breakup apparent, but little in the way of bothersome edge halos. (Suzanne Hodges)

With its good mix for music, complete with phantom imaging across the front stage for individual instruments, the Dolby