Everybody has a "Madea" in his/her family!
Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 06/26/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll admit that I'm a Johnny-come-lately to the "Madea" series, finally seeing this compilation at the insistence of my teenaged niece. Creator Tyler Perry and his alter-ego, the opinionated, pistol-packing, chain-smoking (never lit, by the way) "Madea," have starred in several successful stage plays and subsequent theatrical film versions to the delight of fans, mostly African-American, nationwide.
Though the stories feature the tried-and-true clichéd characters (the belligerent teenager, the devoted wife, the straying husband, the vixens, the lotharios, etc.) and situations (infidelity, promiscuity, straying from the church, comedic funerals, obnoxious and overbearing family members), Perry's productions also introduce a bit of spirituality with each story's ending dependent upon DIVINE INTERVENTION making things right. Some of the acting performances are a little over the top, and the musical selections, though sung with gusto and relish by the gifted vocalists, are weak in the lyrics department; however, as a whole, the respective productions are entertaining and inspirational.
Perry has tapped into a market that is unconsciously ignored by Hollywood, and is having great success on both the stage and screen.
This compilation lets the viewer experience and/or revisit those money-making stage shows.
Tyler Perry Collection a must-have for your family!
Dianne M. Daniels | Norwich, CT United States | 08/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My family and I have been fans of Tyler Perry since seeing our first Madea video borrowed from a friend several years ago. When I saw this set, I had to have it. He speaks the language of families and has much better subject matter and language in his productions than many my family could see elsewhere. We are making plans to see his latest production "What's Done In The Dark" live, and know it will be worth it. Get this set for your DVD library - you won't regret it!"
thesavvybamalady | Prichard, Alabama USA | 07/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will admit to this; I LOVE Madea; got her book, DVD's(trying to get the latest ones); I am a big fan; I go to the movies on opening weekend. What I like about these plays and movies is that they have a message; a message that has been sort of lost and that is you don't have to have sex to be with someone, you should remember God in what you do; Ok, Madea is "over the top" sometimes, but how are you going to defute that she isn't getting the message across to the millions of black fans that flock to her plays and shows, made the book a bestseller and is basically making Tyler Perry a household name? Is she that bad a character that we have to ignore her? I don't think so; I can say this and that is, we ALL have a Madea in our lives; and if you don't mind me writing this, we sure need more!! Now, three years ago, I didn't know NOTHING about Tyler Perry; watched his "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" play and though that isn't my particular favorite, I was hooked; watched his Family Reunion, and got even more hooked; went to the movies when they came out, and I'm sorry, you just cannot tell me she is all bad; she is more needed than anything.sorry; these plays come highly recommended; Peace."
AgapeJones | Palmdale, CA | 01/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tyler Perry is wonderful. He has a true blessing from God and I thank him for sharing it with the world. Each play was funny, real and a pleasure to watch. Glad to have in my collection of DVDs, and I'm looking forward to more movies and/or plays from Tyler Perry.