What Men Want appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a pleasant presentation.
Sharpness was positive. Only minor softness crept into wide shots, so the image remained pretty tight and well-defined at all times.
I noticed no issues with shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also failed to mar the presentation.
Men went with a teal-influenced palette that sprinkled in a fair amount of orange/amber as well. Within the movie’s color design, the tones seemed solid.
Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows demonstrated nice smoothness. This was a consistently satisfying image.
The Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix of Men showed scope generally typical of the comedy soundfield. That said, a few elements occasionally allowed it to open up in a satisfying manner.
These added some immersiveness, as did a few other exteriors, but those instances remained fairly infrequent. The mix did use the score and songs in a broad, engaging manner, though, and the whole package fit together smoothly.
Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues.
Music seemed warm and dynamic, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Bass response delivered nice punch. The mix suited the story and kicked into higher gear when necessary.
The disc comes with a mix of extras, and we begin with an audio commentary from director Adam Shankman. He offers a running, screen-specific discussion of how he came to the project as well as cast and characters, story and characters, sets and locations, music, editing and cut scenes, photography and connected domains.
Shankman brings a nice discussion of the film here. At times, he leans toward happy talk, but he gives us more than enough useful notes about the project to make this a worthwhile commentary.
10 Deleted/Extended Scenes fill a total of 31 minutes, eight seconds. An alternate opening packs in a bunch of clumsy exposition, while other segments focus more on expanded character domains. Some of these offer interesting tangents, but none seem like sequences that clearly needed to make the film.
The scenes all include introductions from Shankman, as he tells us background for the clips as well as why he cut them. He offers useful notes.
A Gag Reel goes for four minutes, 53 seconds and involves the usual goofs and silliness, so don’t expect much. It opens with another Shankman intro, but he literally just says “welcome to our gag reel”, so this opening seems pointless.
A few featurettes follow, and The Dream Team lasts 15 minutes, 37 seconds. It includes notes from Shankman, producer Will Packer, and actors Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Aldis Hodge, Erykah Badu, Richard Roundtree, John Brener, Max Greenfield, Tamala Jones and Wendi McLendon-Covey.
“Team” discusses Shankman’s impact on the production as well as cast and performances. This becomes a pretty fluffy piece, though some shots from the set add value.
With Flipping the Narrative, we get a three-minute, 32-second reel that features Shankman, Packer, Henson, and co-writers Jas Waters and Peter Huyck. “Flipping” examines the movie’s feminist themes as they relate to the lead. It seems fairly self-congratulatory and not very informative.
What Do Men Want? runs four minutes, 29 seconds and involves Badu, Packer, Henson, Jones, McLendon-Covey, Morgan, Roundtree, Shankman, Greenfield, Hodge, Bremer, and actors Phoebe Robinson, Lisa Leslie, Chris Witaske, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, and Shane Paul McGhie.
They muse about the title subject as well as whether they’d want to be able to read minds and similar topics. It’s a cute but insubstantial reel, though Badu’s version of the movie amuses.
Next comes Poker Night, a three-minute, 51-second featurette with Packer, Henson, Morgan, Witaske, and actors Grant Hill and Mark Cuban. They talk about shooting the poker scene. This turns into another fluffy program.
Finally, Ali + Athletes goes for two minutes, 53 seconds and provides remarks from Shankman, Packer, Bosworth, Morgan, Cuban, Henson, Hodge, Jones, Brener, producer James Lopez, and actors Devonta Freeman, John Collins and Shaquille O’Neal. The focus here goes to cameos, and it gives us a bland reel.
A faux informercial called Sister Spills the Tea lasts one minute, 39 seconds. In this clip, the Erykah Badu character peddles her services. It offers mild amusement.
We also find a DVD copy of Men. It lacks any of the Blu-ray’s extras.
Despite the potential to offer a fun update on the 2000 Mel Gibson film, What Men Want doesn’t work. The movie devolves into a sluggish, dull series of mostly lame jokes. The Blu-ray brings positive picture and audio as well as a collection of supplements that mixes very good material with mediocre fluff. Men becomes a slow disappointment.