The Weather Man appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Some problems with definition made this a less than stellar transfer.
Sharpness varied a bit. Much of the movie came across as reasonably defined and concise. However, more than a few exceptions occurred, as the film occasionally looked somewhat soft and tentative. No jagged edges or shimmering occurred, but I noticed moderate edge enhancement at times. No problems with source flaws caused distractions, as the movie remained free from defects.
With an extremely subdued palette at work, not many colors cropped up in Weather Man. The movie went with a cold grayish-blue tint that reflected its tone and winter setting. The colors we saw looked fine; we just didnít get many of them beyond the chilly tint. Blacks remained acceptably dense, and shadows were clear and smooth.
While it lacked much ambition, the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of The Weather Man was perfectly satisfying for the material. The soundfield focused on general information. Music showed good stereo delineation, while effects created a solid sense of place. Mostly we got general atmosphere without too many specifics. The surrounds reinforced these, though they added a little unique information due to different elements. A car here, a plane there Ė all of these helped spark the back speakers.
No problems with quality occurred. Speech was consistently concise and crisp, and I detected no issues with intelligibility or accuracy. Music sounded robust and lively, while effects were clean and detailed. The occasional loud sequence presented good bass response as well. Not much stood out here, but the overall impression was positive.
Most of the DVDís extras come from some featurettes. Extended Outlook: The Script runs 10 minutes, six seconds and uses the standard format with movie clips, behind the scenes bits, and interviews. We hear from producer Todd Black, director Gore Verbinski, screenwriter Steve Conrad, and actor Nicolas Cage. We learn a little about why the script appealed to those involved, but the most interesting bits come from Conradís information about inspirations for various aspects of the story. Those make it a fun piece to watch.
Next we find Forecast: Becoming a Weatherman. This five-minute and 44-second show includes notes from Cage, Conrad, Verbinski, Black, and meteorological technical advisor Tom Skilling. We get info about the challenges associated with Cageís performance as a TV weatherman. Itís a little fluffy but it includes a few nice insights.
During the nine-minute and 23-second Atmospheric Pressure: The Style and Palette, we discover comments from Verbinski, director of photography Phedon Papamichael, and production designer Tom Duffield. They go over choices for the color palette and the sets and locations. These areas offer many good details about the selections and we receive a solid primer in the decisions related to visuals.
Relative Humidity: The Characters lasts 19 minutes, 43 seconds, and includes comments from Verbinski, Cage, and actors Michael Caine, Hope Davis, Michael Rispoli, Gemmenne De la Pena, and Nicholas Hoult. They discuss their parts and give us inner glimpses of the characters and their relationships. Some of this comes across as basic recap, but decent insight fleshes out the program. I especially enjoy the shots of Verbinski as he repeatedly pegs Cage with food for the many scenes of that sort.
Finally, Trade Winds: The Collaboration fills 15 minutes and 40 seconds. It features Verbinski, Papamichael, Black, editor Craig Wood, composer Hans Zimmer, and costume designer Penny Rose. This looks at how Verbinski works with others in the areas of editing, cinematography, producing, costumes, and music. ďCollaborationsĒ suffers from a rather scattered tone, as it covers too many semi-disparate topics without much to link them. Still, it gets into some intriguing subjects and fleshes them out just well enough to make this a decent show.
In addition to the movieís trailer, the DVD opens with some promos. We get ads for Elizabethtown, Yours, Mine and Ours, Asylum, MacGyver, CSI: NY and Ferris Buellerís Day Off. These also appear in the discís Previews area.
Quirky but not obnoxiously so, The Weather Man manages to balance itself well. It provides just enough drama and emotion to succeed along with its definite tone of oddness. These make it unusual and intriguing. The DVD offers decent picture and audio with a moderately useful set of extras. This isnít a killer DVD, but the filmís interesting enough to merit a rental.