Yes Man appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Though many parts of the transfer looked great, too many exceptions occurred in this erratic presentation.
Sharpness was one of the inconsistencies. Much of the film exhibited good clarity and definition, but more than a few shots came across as somewhat soft. Some of this stemmed from light edge enhancement, and some other artifacts left us with mosquito noise and blockiness. I also saw a few instances of jagged edges and shimmering, though neither seemed heavy. Source flaws were minor; the picture suffered from a bit of grain at times, and I saw a speck or two, but otherwise it seemed clean.
Colors worked pretty well. The movie went with a warm natural palette that appeared acceptably vivid and full. Blacks appeared dark and full as well, but shadows were less positive. Low-light shots tended to be a little thick and bland. The mix of good and bad left this as a “C+” transfer.
Like most comedies, the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Yes Man didn’t pack a big punch. However, it seemed more than satisfying for this kind of flick. Most of the time, the soundfield emphasized general ambience. This meant a good sense of atmosphere throughout the film, as the track brought the various settings to life in a positive manner.
Surround usage tended to reinforce that side of things, though a few sequences added a bit of zip to the package. For instance, a thunderstorm provided a nice sense of place, and some aircraft scenes did the same. This wasn’t an impressive track, but it did what it needed to do.
At all times, audio quality was fine. Speech sounded distinctive and natural, without edginess or other concerns. Music was vivid and rich, and effects also seemed well-reproduced. Those elements showed good vivacity and accuracy throughout the film. The soundscape wasn’t exciting enough to make this more than a “B” track, but I thought it was more than acceptable.
Though billed as a “2-Disc Special Edition”, Yes Man doesn’t come packed to the gills with extras. On DVD One, we find a few featurettes. Downtime on the Set of Yes Man with Jim Carrey goes for three minutes, 59 seconds and provides some comments from actor Jim Carrey and director Peyton Reed. They don’t tell us much, as “Downtime” mostly just shows Carrey as he goofs around on the set. That makes it mildly interesting but not more than that.
We find more of the actor in Jim Carrey: Extreme Yes Man. This one goes for 11 minutes, 52 seconds as it presents info from Carrey, Reed, “rollerman” Jean-Yves Blondeau, stunt player Ernest Vigil, and actor Zooey Deschanel. We check out the shooting of some of the movie’s stunt sequences. This feels a bit promotional, but it gives us a number of good glimpses behind the scenes.
Some info about the movie’s music comes to us via the five-minute, 27-second Future Sounds: Munchausen By Proxy. This becomes a fake Behind the Music sort of program about the film’s phony band. It’s cute at best but not exactly fascinating stuff.
Next we find five “exclusive” Munchausen By Proxy Music Videos. We see clips for “Uh-Huh”, “Yes Man”, “Star-Spangled Banner”, “Sweet Ballad” and “Keystar”. Don’t take the title of “music videos” too seriously, as these actually offer clips from the shoot. However, they provide longer versions of some songs and a few performances that don’t make the final film at all, so I expect fans will find them interesting.
A Gag Reel fills five minutes, 34 seconds. Should you expect more than lots of shots of Carrey as he goofs around on the set? Nope, but that’s enough to make this more fun than the average blooper reel.
DVD One opens with some ads. We get promos for Blu-Ray Disc, He’s Just Not That Into You, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. No trailer for Yes Man appears here.
Finally, DVD Two includes a Digital Copy of Yes Man. It seems like every DVD provides this option these days; it allows you to easily transfer the flick to a portable device. I have no use for it, but I guess someone must dig it.
I like Jim Carrey and wanted to enjoy Yes Man, but the film disappoints. It can’t compensate for its flimsy premise with enough laughs to engage us. The DVD provides erratic visual quality, good audio and a minor collection of extras. Neither the movie nor the disc prove to be memorable.