Yes Man (2008) - Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 104 minutes - $35.99 || April 7, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-04-03


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Peyton Reed
Writer(s): Danny Wallace (book); Nicholas Stoller and Jarrad Paul & Andrew Mogel (screenplay)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Terence Stamp, Rhys Darby, Danny Masterson, Sasha Alexander, Molly Sims


Theatrical Release Date: December 17, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 6 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Music Videos
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

I’ve always thought Jim Carrey was an interesting actor, a bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde if you will. On the one hand he’s brilliant at comedy especially when he crashed into movie theaters (making him a star) with Ace Ventura then trying dark comedy (The Cable Guy) before finding his comedy niche in Liar Liar and then finding balance with The Truman Show. Since he’s sort of bounced back and forth between drama and comedy: Me, Myself & Irene, Bruce Almighty, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Number 23 to name a few.

I still feel Carrey is a funny actor, yet I'm not sure if he knows who he is at this point. It’s good when actor doesn't doesn’t box himself or herself in to one genre or another, but when you bounce around as much as he does and with mixed results, he’s beginning to lose what made him so great.

With his latest, Yes Man isn’t so much classic Jim Carrey more that it’s Carrey going back to the basics within the confines of a safe comedy (well there is the old woman neighbor) in a world where Judd Apatow is now king. Now, I would love to see what someone like Apatow could do with Carrey; THAT would be something worthy to see. Yes Man doesn’t break new ground, just continues what Liar Liar did and provide a stage for Carrey to perform on, schmaltzy romantic subplot included.

Synopsis: Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) has stumbled across a way to shake free of post-divorce blues and a dead-end job: embrace life and say yes to everything. When Carl begrudgingly follows the teachings of Terrence Bundley (Terrence Stamp) saying yes to anything and everything, it leads him to meeting and falling for Allison (Zooey Deschanel), a free-spirit who is living the life Carl only dreams of. Soon enough Carl embraces this practice but will he learn a lesson as his “yes-ways” get him into trouble?

Yes Man is a funny movie. Simple enough, yes? I enjoyed it for what it was meaning an outlet for Jim Carrey to make goofy faces, dress up as Harry Potter and wrapping his head with packing tape. There’s nothing innovative with his comedy style but that’s OK, I’m not looking for the next Knocked Up, just something that can make me laugh and keep up the gimmick for 95-minutes.

However, the film is successful in large part to a fun supporting cast that includes Bradley Cooper (Wedding Crashers), John Michael Higgins (in a small role, disappearing after the first 20-minutes), Rhys Darby (“The Flight of Concords”), Danny Masterson (“That 70s Show”) and, especially, the beautiful and underrated Zooey Deschanel (Elf).

I think if the script, based on the Danny Wallace novel, was written better, with this supporting cast and even Carrey’s “been there, done that” antics (funny as it is), Yes Man could’ve actually been a memorable comedy. As it stands, it is a good time waster that will make you laugh, but nothing more.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features are presented in HD (1080p).

Downtime on the Set of Yes Man (3:59) – During scene set-ups in between takes boredom can set in but with Jim Carrey on the set, there’s nothing boring about it. Short but funny featurette...

Jim Carrey: Extreme Yes Man (11:52) takes a look at the unusual amount of stunt work in the film performed by Carrey himself including bungee-jumping, being chased by a rabid dog and riding a Ducati (on a platform).

On Set with Danny Wallace: The Original Yes Man (8:32) – Author Danny Wallace goes on the Warner Bros. set of Yes Man where he talks with the cast and crew. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Future Sounds: Munchausen by Proxy (5:28) – Mockumentary about the movie band featuring interviews with the girl band (including Allison played by Zooey Deschanel).

Say “Yes” to Red Bull! (2:06) – Because producers/Warner has to get money to pay Carrey’s salary, Red Bull steps in to save the day. Anyway, in this featurette, Jim Carrey chugs down some Red Bull in preparation for a scene. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Yes Man: Party Central with Norman Stokes (2:16) – Rhys Darby’s character, Norman Stokes gives us a tour of his apartment, in MTV “Cribs” style, dressed up in his Harry Potter attire. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Additional Scenes (7:31) – There are several useless and some short scenes though there are extra scenes as Carl opens a loan office after he quits his job at the bank. Another scene finds Carrey and Deschanel body rolling blading (or w/e it’s called) down a winding road. This was actually featured in the stunts featurette.

Lastly we get a gag reel (5:35), 5 Music Videos (14:33 total) from “Munchausen by Proxy” and a digital copy. I have to admit, some of these songs were actually catchy...



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Yes Man is presented in its OAR of 2.40 and in 1080p high-definition on a 50GB Blu-ray disc. I’ll be honest; I’m not a big proponent of paying a premium for comedies on Blu-ray as more often you don’t get the biggest bang for your buck. Now with this movie, I believe it looks fine in HD and that colors look bright and clean and I noticed no dust, dirt or scratches, this is a good transfer, but nothing more. The picture itself is fairly sharp in some spots but also a little soft in others. This isn’t going to be reference material but it looks good.

The audio is given, per Warner Brothers standards, a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track that is pumped up more for the comedic score than anything else. Other than the occasional hyperactive scenes, it is mostly a dialogue driven movie in which case, sounds good. I did notice that my subwoofer did kick in during certain moments such and as with almost all of Warner’s Blu-ray titles, the audio defaults on Dolby Digital 5.1 so be sure to switch it when the movie (automatically) starts.



.::OVERALL::.

Yes Man is a funny movie that even though Jim Carrey isn’t at top form, with the help of a solid supporting cast plus Carrey’s oddball antics makes this movie worthy of a purchase (for Carrey fans) or at the very least a rental. However, once again the Blu-ray doesn’t exactly deliver in terms of special features but the audio and video are both quite good especially for a comedy release.