I Can Do Bad All By Myself

Featured In Issue 148, May/June 2010

WSR Score2.5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking
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"I Can Do Bad All By Myself" centers around Madea (Perry), who after coaching some children looting her home, turns them over to their Aunt April (Henson), a nightclub singer who wants nothing to do with her late sister's kids. But things begin to change when a handyman (Rodriguez) decides to rent a room in her basement. Now nothing will ever be the same as April finds love, faith, family—and herself. Based on the stage play "Dear God, Are All Men Dogs?: I Can Do Bad All By Myself" by Tyler Perry (Gary Reber)

Special features include three featurettes: "A Soulful Ensemble" (HD 10:05), "The Power Of Music" (HD 05:51), and "Tyler's Block Party" (HD 04:41); and the theatrical trailer.

The 1080p 1.78:1 AVC picture is pristine enough, but resolution is soft and lacking fine detail and clarity. Colors are nicely rendered with strong vivid hues that are rich and warm in tone. Fleshtones are perfectly natural as well. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. But still, the picture is overall soft, though, pleasing to view due to the excellent color rendering and dimensionality. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is limited in surround envelopment due to the dialogue-focused storytelling. But the scenes in the nightclub are nicely aggressive and holosonically® enveloping. The music is well recorded, with excellent instrument and vocal timbre and a wide and deep soundstage. Scenes that do suggest an atmospheric soundfield fail to connect due to the low level of surround engagement. Dialogue is nicely recorded and always intelligible, with generally good spatial integration. At times, though, the production sound dialogue sounds forward and disconnected with the scene. The music, especially that performed by Gladys Knight and Mary Blige, is the highlight of this production and the sound element that delivers the greatest emotional impact. (Gary Reber)