The Yes Men DVD Review
PictureFilmed on low tech equipment, there's not much one can really say about the image. It's as good as the technology allowed, but in some cases, it looked lower tech than Blair Witch - which is hard to believe. Colours, flesh tones are fine, but the generally quality and graininess of the image is what lets this down. Not that it is a criticism of the transfer, but of the necessary equipment used to document this. The low mark reflects this more than anything else.
SoundWhen a film normally “boasts” a DTS and Dolby surround soundtrack, it's usually a case of the DTS being louder and more bass heavy and generally snatches the glory. Here it really doesn't matter, as this film practically uses one channel - the centre - for the whole movie, with only occasional use of the fronts. I didn't even notice the rear speakers until the end credits as I heard the end music being played. This, really, makes no sense to have 5.1 soundtracks - the stereo soundtrack on this disk really is enough. The sound is clear and crisp, devoid of hiss or crackles and it does its job - but did we really need 2 5.1 mixes for what works better as stereo? More a waste of space than a wasted opportunity.
ExtrasExtras are a tad light on this disk, but we have a UK exclusive interview with the two film makers' which runs for about 25 minutes. I hate to say it, but I found this more interesting that the movie itself, but I wish it didn't use cuts between questions and flowed more continuously. Still that's just a minor gripe. Other than the movie trailer and the usual Tartan reel, that's your lot!
VerdictSatirists can be hugely funny, especially when they nail the subject, but they've also got to be funny at the same time. Well, 50% of that equation is true here, but that is also bearing in mind my sense of humour. I've said it before, I'll say it again - humour is a funny thing, everyone thinks they've got a sense of humour, even the ones that don't. This didn't make me laugh, but I can see how some would find it funny. The biggest criticism is more the picture quality and the soundtracks - one unimpressive due to the recording equipment, the other just plain unnecessary. Still, if you like Chris Morris, you'll love this.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £15.99
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