Yes Man (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

On March 23, 1997 Jim Carrey’s movie “Liar, Liar” was released and officially started off the 1997 “summer” movie season. That year we’d be subjected to films like “Good Will Hunting”, “Men in Black”, “Air Force One” and, of course “Titanic”. But that was then and this is now. Jim Carrey isn’t quite the star he was back in the late 90’s but he still commands an audience. In the time between “Liar, Liar” and “Yes Man” he’s had some hits and misses most notably with “Bruce Almighty” as his highest box office gross and some critical acclaim with “Man in the Moon” and “The Truman Show”. So what gives? Is director Peyton Reed simply trying to rehash “Liar, Liar” just over a decade later or is there something completely original and unforgettable here? I will say that Carrey isn’t as crazy as he used to be. Maybe his ADD is under control or maybe it’s the fact that he knows he can make movies and not have to worry about money. At any rate, “Yes Man” is here (and is a new trend in movie titles among us with this and now “I Love You Man”?), ready or not…

Carl (Jim Carrey) works in the mortgage department of a bank which gives him the authority to say “No” to pretty much anyone he so desires. It so happens that Carl likes saying no and it gets him through his days. But his friend takes him to a seminar (one of those in a airport hotel in which the room is packed) and the message is to say “Yes” in life. “Yes” to everything! Carl decides to turn over a new leaf and starts answering in the affirmative to pretty much everything thrown his way. As it turns out, he gets a promotion at the bank because the small loans he gives out are actually making the bank money. He meets and starts dating Allison (Zooey Deschanel), a free-spirit who is the yin to his yang. Things couldn’t be better, right? Well, let’s just say that “Yes Man” is a tad bit predictable but Carrey is one of the few actors that can really pull this role off.

For those looking for “Liar, Liar” they might not find it though the concept is irritatingly similar. Still, “Yes Man” made nearly $100 million at the box office this last season (down from “Liar, Liar’s” $180 million in 1997) and it shows that Carrey still has the power to carry a movie. This is the sort of movie that you take with a grain of salt and just looking at the poster, be prepared to laugh. The ensemble cast includes Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper and Terence Stamp. So while the 90’s are gone forever, Jim Carrey lives on and proves that so long as blood courses through his veins, he’ll most likely never grow up. And that’s a good thing.

Video: How does it look?

“Yes Man” comes to Blu-ray in a very nice-looking 2.35:1 VC-1 HD transfer. As we might expect from a big budget film, the colors really pop, flesh tones are average and grain is nearly non-existent. A few of the scenes at night have a little tinge of grain associated with them, though it’s nothing too serious. There’s not a whole lot else to say here, it’s an above average transfer and one that’s consistent with Warner’s new Blu-rays.

Audio: How does it sound?

By and large, most comedies aren’t too audio intensive and that’s the case here as well. Granted, we do have a fairly good-sounding Dolby TrueHD track, but it mainly shines during the action scenes when the surrounds are active. Dialogue is perfect and we can hear each one of Carrey’s “Yes'” in perfect HD sound. This is more like a good Dolby Surround mix than anything else, but we’ll take what we can get. For those expecting to have their ear drums blown out, look somewhere else but the soundtrack fits the movie which works just fine.

Supplements: What are the extras?

“Yes Man” comes to Blu-ray with a variety of featurettes, though nothing too groundbreaking has been included. There’s a conversation with Jim Carrey, a pseudo-documentary on the rock band in the film complete with some pseudo videos as well. We also get a 12 minute featurette with Carrey as it shows some of the outrageous stuff he does. Some deleted scenes are also included. Being that this is a Blu-ray, we do get a few additional goodies starting out with a conversation with Danny Wallace the original “Yes Man” who wrote the book that the film was based on. We get a scenes with Carrey as he chugs Red Bull (if there’s ever anyone who didn’t need Red Bull it’s Jim Carrey) and a look at character Norman Stokes’ apartment. The second disc is a digital copy of the movie.

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