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YES MAN

YES MAN ($36) is a charming romantic comedy romp that finds funnyman Jim Carrey delivering a performance that is more sweet, than outrageously over the top. In YES MAN, Carrey portrays Los Angeles bank employee Carl Allen, whose life is going nowhere… and he really doesn’t seem to care. Wallowing in self-pity since his divorce, Carl has no interest in his job, his friends or life in general. However, he is convinced by an old friend to attend a self-help seminar being given by motivational guru Terrence Bundley (Terence Stamp). At the seminar, Carl is browbeaten into making a covenant with himself- one in which he vows to answer "Yes!" to every opportunity, request or invitation that presents itself.

At first, saying "Yes!" results in Carl being stuck in the middle of nowhere, with an empty gas tank and a dead cell phone. However, after hiking miles to the nearest gas station, he is rewarded with a ride back to his vehicle and a kiss goodnight by Allison (Zooey Deschanel), the quirky girl he meets while she is refueling her scooter and he is filling his gas can. Emboldened by the positive experience, Carl wholeheartedly begins saying "Yes!" to absolutely everything- flying lessons, Korean lessons, guitar lessons, a Persian Bride website, throwing a bridal shower for his best friend’s fiancée, as well as each and every loan application that crosses his desk. As a result of being a Yes Man, Carl’s life turns around- his dead end job takes a sudden detour to the corporate level and he finds romance. The cast of YES MAN also features Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Rhys Darby, Danny Masterson, Fionnula Flanagan, Sasha Alexander, Molly Sims, Brent Briscoe and Rocky Carroll.

Warner Home Video has made YES MAN available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation is really quite pleasing, which is exactly what it should be for a comedy just coming off its theatrical run. The image appears sharp and highly defined, plus it produces a whole lot of depth and dimensionality. Colors are rendered at a fairly natural level of saturation throughout, with stronger hues appearing here and there. Blacks, whites, contrast and shadow detail all get high marks. The elements from which YES MAN has been mastered appear virtually flawless. Film grain is fairly minimal.

YES MAN is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. It should come as no surprises that YES MAN features a fairly standard, dialogue driven comedy mix. Sure, the outlying channels do engage for a few rambunctious sequences, but for the most part, the material is localized front and center. Of course, the requisite complement of ambient sound and musical fill does find its way to the rear channels. Fidelity is pretty strong, but the nature of the material doesn’t offer many opportunities for it to shine. The bass channel gets the job done… when required. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue is totally understandable. French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. HD Featurettes include Down Time On The Set With Jim Carrey (four minutes), Jim Carrey: Extreme Yes Man (twelve minutes), On The Set With Danny Wallace: The Original Yes Man (eight minutes), Future Sound: Munchausen By Proxy (five minutes), Say "Yes" To Red Bull (two minutes) and Yes Man: Party Central With Norman Stokes (two minutes). Five Munchausen By Proxy Music Videos are also included, as are seven Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel. YES MAN is also BD-Live enabled (requires a Profile 2.0 player). A Digital Copy of the film is also provided.

YES MAN is a charming romantic comic romp that has been given a very pleasing presentation on Blu-ray. If you are a fan, say "Yes" to the Blu-ray.

 

YES MAN 


Yes Man (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2008)

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