You Again appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. No concerns materialized in this strong transfer.
From start to finish, sharpness looked nearly immaculate. Only the slightest hint of softness affected wide shots, and those examples occurred too infrequently to cause problems. Instead, the film looked concise and well-defined. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge enhancement was absent. I also failed to detect any source flaws.
In terms of colors, the movie featured a natural palette that favored a slight golden tone. Across the board, the hues looked positive. They showed nice clarity and breadth and came out well. Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows appeared clear and smooth. I thought the movie consistently looked great.
I thought that the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of You Again seemed fine but it didn’t excel because of a lack of ambition. Like most comedies, the movie featured a limited soundfield that strongly favored the forward channels. It showed nice stereo spread to the music as well as some general ambience from the sides.
Panning was decent, and the surrounds usually kicked in basic reinforcement. A few scenes opened up better, though, like at the rehearsal dinner; that sequence boasted lively music. However, most of the movie stayed with limited imaging.
Audio quality appeared good. Speech was natural and distinct, with no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects sounded clean and accurate, with good fidelity and no signs of distortion. Music was perfectly fine, as the score and songs showed positive dimensionality. This track was good enough for a “B-“ but didn’t particularly impress.
A minor set of extras fills out the disc. A featurette called Following Fickman: On Set with the Director goes for seven minutes, three seconds and offers comments from Fickman as well as producer John J. Strauss, assistant property master Mark Richardson, and actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Kristen Bell, Jimmy Wolk, Sean Wing, Betty White and Kristen Chenoweth. We get thoughts about Fickman and see shots from the set. The remarks in “Following” do little more than blandly praise the director, but the behind the scenes bits are reasonably amusing, as they show the wackiness that occurred during the shoot.
Blooper Dance Party runs five minutes, 18 seconds. It shows the usual assortment of mistakes and chortling. It does emphasize dance bits shot for the film, but otherwise, it’s pretty unexceptional.
We hear from the actors during the one-minute, 22-second Ask the Cast. It features White, Weaver, Bell and Curtis. They take questions from alleged e-mailers and make this a moderately amusing little promo clip.
Under Funny or Die, we find a three-minute, two-second piece. Originally aired on that website, we get White, Bell, Curtis, Weaver and Yustman as they bicker during a promo shoot. As contrived as it is, it’s also reasonably funny.
11 Deleted Scenes fill a total of 20 minutes, 59 seconds. Most extend existing sequences, though we get some substantial additions that better develop the Ramona/Gail rivalry. I’m not sure any of these are essential, but I do wish the extra bits with Kristin Chenoweth stayed, if just because they’re pretty funny. The other pieces have their merits but don’t seem particularly memorable.
We can view the scenes with or without intros from Fickman; with those attached, the compilation occupies a total of 27 minutes, 22 seconds. During these clips, he tells us a little about the segments and lets us know why he omitted them. Fickman delivers useful content.
The disc opens with ads for I Am Number Four, Secretariat and Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure. These also appear under Sneak Peeks along with promos for Tangled, Gnomeo and Juliet, Bambi, Pretty Little Liars and Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. No trailer for You Again appears here.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of You Again. This throws in a few extras, so it’s not a totally bare-bones rendition. For folks without Blu-ray players, it helps “future proof” their investment.
Though it never threatens to become an awful movie, You Again certainly ends up as a disappointing one. After a good first act, it quickly degenerates into a leaden collection of failed comedic beats and soppy sentiment. The Blu-ray boasts excellent visuals, acceptable audio and a small collection of supplements. The disc presents the movie well, but it can’t turn the flick into something consistently entertaining.