Mama’s Boy appears in both an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 and in a fullscreen version on this double-sided, single-layered DVD; the widescreen image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Only the letterboxed picture was reviewed for this article. This was a consistently lackluster transfer.
Sharpness usually looked pretty decent. Some scenes came across as a bit blocky, and compression artifacts created somewhat muddy definition at times, but the flick generally seemed reasonably well-defined. No issues with shimmering or source flaws occurred, but I noticed light edge enhancement.
Colors were positive. The flick used a natural palette that came across as acceptably lively and full. Blacks were adequate but not much better, as they tended to be somewhat bland. Shadows also could be a bit dense. This was a watchable image but not one that ever excelled.
Similar thoughts greeted the decidedly unambitious Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Mama’s Boy. At no point did the soundfield muster much to make it memorable. The mix emphasized general atmosphere and nothing more. We got good stereo music and the effects added a little environmental material, but those elements failed to add much. The surrounds remained exceedingly passive as well. This was a bland soundscape.
At least audio quality was fine. Music showed good range and delineation, with nice clarity throughout the film. Speech seemed natural and concise, and effects fell into the same range. Those elements never pushed the envelope, but they were perfectly adequate. The sound was acceptable for a comedy of this sort.
Only a few extras flesh out the set. We open with an audio commentary from director Tim Hamilton. He provides a running, screen-specific chat that looks at how he came onto the project, cast, characters and performers, sets and locations, score and musical choices, visual design, and a few other issues.
Overall, Hamilton provides a pretty good commentary. A few lulls occur, but he usually keeps things interesting and informative. The commentary is certainly more enjoyable than the movie it supports.
Four Additional Scenes run a total of six minutes, 17 seconds. The longest one comes first, as it shows Jeffrey’s attempt to apologize to Mert. We also get a sequence that offers a little more build-up for the film’s ending, another in which Seymour and Jeffrey play Scrabble, and an extension to the Nora/Jeffrey road trip in which he confesses his first sexual experience. All are decidedly inconsequential, so don’t expect anything interesting here.
A few ads open the DVD. We get clips for the Semi Pro, Over Her Dead Body, Get Smart and Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show. No trailer for Mama’s Boy appears here.
If you want some big laughs, look somewhere other than Mama’s Boy. Heck, if you want even minor chuckles, you’ll need to go to another source, as this flick irritates and lacks even rudimentary entertainment value. The DVD provides mediocre picture and audio as well as extras supplemented by a pretty good commentary. Nonetheless, this is a lackluster release for a bad movie.