Review by Yunda Eddie Feng
Audio: DD Plus 5.1 English, DD Plus 5.1 French
Subtitles: Optional English SDH, French
Extras: audio commentary by director Tom Shadyac; “Bridging the Comedy Chasm”; deleted scene; outtakes; trailer; My Scenes
Released: 12 June 2007
As someone who thinks that The Truman Show handles its premise without a shred of credibility (the nature of the marital relationship between Jim Carrey and Laura Linney alone doesn’t hold any water), I feel that Liar Liar may be Jim Carrey’s best movie. Unlike his other vehicles, which let him run amok, this one places limitations on him. His character, a lawyer, can’t lie after his son makes a magical birthday wish. Because he’s given boundaries, Carrey’s physical struggles and facial muggings have a reason to exist; he’s not contorting just to get a laugh. Oddly for movie that was made just to solicit mindless laughter, Liar Liar creates a genuine moral situation--what would life be like if we could only tell the truth? This bit of soul-searching gives Carrey’s relationships with his son and ex-wife (a wonderful Maura Tierney) welcome heart.
The cover artwork indicates that this is an HD-15 instead of Universal’s usual HD-30, though the video quality does not seem to have suffered as a result of Universal using the 15-gig configuration. Liar Liar isn’t a visually complicated production and runs for less than 90 minutes, so it probably didn’t need 30 gigs of breathing room. The 1.85:1 1080p picture has naturalistic colors (save for Jennifer Tilly’s costumes) but is generally undistinguished.
This is a simple comedy piece, so the Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 English track exhibits to-be-expected sonics--plenty of dialogue from the center channel, a few music zingers in the front mains, and very little surround channel activity. The audio is bright and clear, but there’s nothing special here.
You can also watch the movie with a DD Plus 5.1 French dub. Optional English SDH and French subtitles support the audio
Tom Shadyac has lots of nice things to say about Jim Carrey and the cast in his audio commentary, but Liar Liar isn’t an innovative movie. Therefore, your mileage from listening to this yak track will depend on how much (or how little) you know about moviemaking in general.
“Bridging the Comedy Chasm” is a brief promotional featurette. You also get a deleted scene, outtakes, and a theatrical trailer.
Finally, you can bookmark your favorite moments with “My Scenes”.
An insert advertises other Universal HD-DVDs.