Friday, May 31, 2013
A Walk in My Shoes (2010)
Not on the Elm Street We All Know and Love!
I rarely step into the Wal-Mart in my town these days. However, I had to buy a gift card and Wal-Mart was right there. Upon grabbing the card, I decided to go back to look at their Blu-ray selection; which it actually expanded somewhat, yet was still poor as I owned a lot of them. While looking around at the $7.88 bin, I saw something strange at the bottom while digging. I pulled up this beat to hell copy of a film called, "A Walk in My Shoes". It had a price tag of $15 on it and I proceeded to take it to the scanner and it rang up $5. I decided to get it and went to the cash register.
Upon looking at the poor old woman who looked like she was 75 years old; looked like she was depressed to the point she wanted to "check out" herself. I've never seen depression like this where you could tell that someone was wanting to end it all. I pay, I leave; and I go home. I look at this Blu-ray and I dread what lies ahead of me. I pop in the Blu-ray into my PS3 and the previews begin to load up and the horrors! Oh, the horrors! We had two previews for some horribly made movies which makes The Asylum films look like movies that Spielberg made.
Constantly advertising that; "FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT IS BACK"! Really? Who cares? There was a family movie night? Most nights in my family as a child was family movie night. Except, one day, it would be "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and then the next night it would be; "The Big Lebowski". Not crap like; "The Jensen Project". Not in a million years!
With this movie; "A Walk in my Shoes", think of the movie, "Freaky Friday" sprinkled with Wal-Mart Great Value and P&G's Dawn advertisements all over the film. That's it! A one sided "Freaky Friday" with two different women somewhat switching bodies. We don't see what happens on Nancy Travis' side with the broke mother who works at a diner to try to pay the bills. It doesn't make complete sense which makes me wonder why did the producers even try. Another aspect of the film is that Randy Jackson from American Idol was a producer on this film. Really? I don't know how many times his name was placed on the packaging.
The frustrations I felt while watching this film, were legendary, even in hell. One thing that constantly annoyed me was that there was a street sign that popped up several times throughout the film. What was the name of the street sign? NE ELM ST. I wish Freddy Krueger would come in and slash everyone to pieces with his glove. It made me want to watch the four Elm Street Blu-rays that I own. Avoid this film, the Wal-Mart advertisements were making me nauseated. .5/5.
Presented in 1080p with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, Wal-Mart has given this transfer a decent look. Which is surprising because when I think of Wal-Mart doing something, who would have thought that they wouldn't screw this up like their Blu-ray selection at most stores throughout the country. Most scenes look crisp and clear. However, whenever we had P.O.V. shots from a skateboard, it looked like a poor resolution Go-Pro camera taped to the board. However, despite the fact the image is crisp and clear, it doesn't impress. 3.5/5.
Someone at Wal-Mart Studios knows what Dolby Digital DTS-HD Master Audio is? Because we have a DTS-HD MA 5.1 track for the English audio. Surprising. But, it's not that action packed of an audio track for the film. Then, we have a dub track in Spanish, that is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. We couldn't get that Spanish dub in DTS-HD MA 5.1? 4/5
While this release may span across three discs, I measure this by quality. The first disc in my case was the CD soundtrack; while a soundtrack would be a more desirable choice over a DVD, this soundtrack is unimpressive. With mostly a tame rock soundtrack that has to be good for all ages as Wal-Mart doesn't sell CDs with a parental advisery! HIDE THE KIDS' EARS!!! There's cussing in 'his music, Ma! A DVD copy of the film, really, someone at Wal-Mart Studios thought to put a DVD copy in this Blu-ray combo pack?
The special feature section of the Blu-ray is creatively called; "Beyond a Walk in my Shoes". The first thing on the menu is "Meet the Stars" where you can individually go in and look at the cast interviews. Who cares about this cast? "Family Moments" which asks the more adults of the cast of what makes good family moments? "Just for Laughs" is an individual selection of clips which consists of bloopers and the cast and crew just screwing around on the set. "Beyond the Soundtrack" which consists of bios on the "talent" who had songs on the soundtrack.
"Behind the Scenes" which is more stuff from filming that you can't care for at all. And finally; "Favorite Movie Moments" which is more behind the scenes stuff which shows how the scene was done. Again...I'll take "Crap" for $2,000; Alex. Also, the cover advertises; "And More..."; well, there's nothing else. .5/5.
To toot my own horn here on the box cover, "Widescreen Version: Presented in a 'LETTERBOX' Widescreen format preserving the 'SCOPE' aspect ratio of it's original theatrical exhibition. Enhanced for Widescreen TVs." Judging from the NBC logo slapped on the back of the box art, this didn't go theatrical. My film went theatrical and is in "scope". This is a straight to television movie and is not in "scope". If this went theatrical, I'm sure there would be riots. I've seen a theatrical presentation of an Aslyum film on the big screen; Mega Python Vs Gatoroid. There's no way this went theatrical.
But, with my little rant aside, this is a bad movie. If you want to see a film with blatant product placement with Wal-Mart's "Great Value" brand splashed over the screen most of the time, have at it. This $5 could have gone to something better. Yet, I like to torture myself with these films because no one else really has reviewed this release. So, my pain for your enjoyment! ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? 2/5.