Posted in: Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on August 3rd, 2007
Monty (Idris Elba, 28 Weeks Later) is a father struggling for custody of his three children. This has become of utmost importance to him especially since his ex wife is involved with a local drug dealer. He enlists the help of attorney Julia (Gabriel Union, Bad Boys 2) to get his children back. Of course sparks begin to fly between the two, and the children seem to take the backseat. Iâ€™ve seen this type of movie way too many times before, and I would be completely content if I didnâ€™t have to again.
Itâ€™s a good thing I had no expectations of this one going into it, because otherwise I would have ended up being extremely disappointed. This movie is poorly played out, albeit pretty realistic in some aspects. But regardless Iâ€™m getting tired of these day to day struggle movies, they all end the same way, donâ€™t expect anything different here. The acting in this movie was rather disappointing as well, including the one facial expression we are graced with from Gabriel Union throughout. The movie started off as a struggle for a man to get his kids back, but ended up being another horrific and predictable romance. But if youâ€™re into these emotional types of movies about the struggle of Joe everyman, you might find this one worthwhile checking out.
Presented in 1080p 1.85:1 aspect ratio and encoded in MPEG-4, the transfer makes watching this trash a lot more bearable. As with all recent releases from Lionsgate, Daddyâ€™s Little Girls comes equipped with an impressive color palette, crisp detail and a clean print. While the use of color is good with each one looking vibrant, they do have a tendency of becoming oversaturated, most notably flesh tones. The print itself is in great condition with limited grain and no specking. Overall this is great looking transfer, proof that even uninspired junk will receive a quality transfer from Lionsgate.
Lionsgate has proven it knows how to create high quality tracks for its Blu-ray releases; Daddyâ€™s Little Girls is no different. Presented in 7.1 PCM, the sound quality is topnotch for this release. Dialogue sounds crystal clear coming through the front channels, with no noticeable faults or balancing issues. Of course this track is front heavy but there are a few instances like the riot scene where the track picks up and utilizes all channels effectively.
Itâ€™s always nice to see the inclusion of a 7.1 PCM with any title, but Daddyâ€™s Little Girls simple doesnâ€™t utilize it. The quality of the remains high however and should definitely please fans. A 5.1 Dolby Digital EX track is also available for English and Spanish languages.
Lionsgate has included an impressive package of features. If you are a fan of the movie than you will surely enjoy everyone as they provide either more footage or a behind the scenes look. Most features are presented in HD.
- Audio Commentary – Commentary by Writer/Director Tyler Perry
- Deleted/Extended Scenes – 17 deleted scenes that are even worse in quality than the ones that made it into the picture. We are also given an extended church sequences as well as 3 uncut scenes. Again, if you enjoyed this movie than Iâ€™m sure these will offer some entertainment.
- Gag Reels – Two unfunny gag reels.
- Touring the Sets – We are given various footage from the sets used in the film with commentary by Terry Perry himself.
- Introducing the McClain Sisters – A 6 minute interview with the McClain sisters, who play Montyâ€™s daughters in the film.
- Inside Looks – An inside look at the riot and Aquarium scenes. We also get a look at the real life Oakland Cemetery which provides an worth while viewing.
- Tylerâ€™s Team: Cast and Characters – A 14 minute praise by Perry as he discuses the actors and the characters they play.
Aside from the movie being a complete waste of time, the disc looked and sounded quite good. There are enough features here to keep fans interested, but the features themselves are nothing special. All and all this disc is a worthy purchase only to the hardcore fans out there. Otherwise youâ€™d be safe to leave this one sitting on the shelf at your local video store.