Plot: What’s it about?
This film tells the story of Tammy Faye Bakker-Messner, whom many will remember from her days with ex-husband Jim Bakker. As many of you know, the two worked as televangelists and were very popular, getting a lot of donations and gaining a lot of fame in the process. From celebrities to saving souls to waterparks, their foundation seemed to have a hand in it all. But when corruption surfaced, all sorts of problems came out of the woodwork and the reign was over for Jim and Tammy Faye. This was not the last we’d see of Tammy Faye and her trademark heavy mascara though, rest assured. Despite those problems and the public’s perceptions of her, Tammy Faye managed to return to the spotlight in various forms, including as a talk show hostess at one point. Her life hasn’t always been easy and perhaps she’s made some bad choices, but Tammy Faye never gave up and in the end, her story is a very interesting and sometimes inspiring one.
I’ve always been interested in the whole Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker story, so I was looking forward to giving this documentary a spin. But then, I remember going to P.T.L.’s water park as a kid, which was fun. So I have a base with Tammy Faye so to speak, but those unfamiliar with her past story might find it to be on the dull side. In the end, this documentary is a real fun experience, not as pointless and meandering as I expected. I know Tammy Faye and her story aren’t among the most pressing topics out there, but it is an interesting sequence of events. Also, Tammy Faye is a larger than life type person, which a high level of charm, faith, and of course, her loads of eye mascara. The Eyes of Tammy Faye doesn’t take much of a stance on the events in her life, but it does offer a chance to see her better sides, along with the bad. So in true documentary fashion, we’re given the chance to view the subject matter from all angles, then form our own opinions and such. Some might argue with the worth of the subject matter, but this is a well done piece in all respects, including the entertainment angle. This disc is recommended as a rental, but you hard-core Tammy Faye fans can rest easy, as the purchase price is well within reach.
Video: How does it look?
The Eyes of Tammy Faye is presented in a full frame transfer, which is the intended aspect ratio for the film. The clips and such here come from various sources, so the video quality varies from section to section. The older interviews and footage look good enough though, while the more recent stuff looks very smooth. I saw little in terms of compression errors, although some edge enhancement at times. In the end, this is a very solid presentation and I think it suits the material very well.
Audio: How does it sound?
This disc includes a 2.0 surround track, which more than adequate for this documentary feature. No real surround use is needed here, so the front channel based presentation is very effective and doesn’t slack much. The vocals sound clean and very crisp, although not as much in the older clips, which is to be expected. No real sound effects is present, but then again, there doesn’t need to be, now does there? This is an average level track in the end, but it handles this material very well, so I am bumping the score a tad. This disc also includes English subtitles, in case you need them and some folks do.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes a trailer presented in full-frame.