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Liar Liar (HD-DVD)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: C-     Film: C-



Ever wonder when Hollywood tried the impossible alchemy of turning Jim Carrey from Mr. Grossness to Tom Hanks?  It happened with director Tom Shadyac, who put him on the map as the outrageous one in his lame Ace Ventura films.  Liar Liar (1997) was this film and though it was a hit, it did not satisfy the audience as much.  The gross-out fans thought it was too light and mainstream audience who did not like him were not converted.  Well, it did better than latter attempts like The Majestic.


The story of him as a lawyer who has to tell the truth for 24 hours after making a wish to be honest on his son’s birthday runs almost 90 minutes, though the premise as an ironic comedy in a classic half-hour Twilight Zone about a used car dealer was far superior.  The result feels more like an elongated In Living Color skit that does not know when to end and the use of Eurythmics’ classic Would I Lie To You? In the trailer is as entertaining as anything in the film.  Yawn!


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 VC-1 digital High Definition image looks like an older master and was likely the one used on the old D-VHS of the film, which has some minor limits but is watchable.  Russell Boyd, A.S.C., is a good cinematographer though this film did not require or use any challenging camerawork or need it.  It is not much above a TV sitcom in its flatness, but that is why it is a commercial film.  The flatness extends to the dialogue-based sound mix, here in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix.  John Debney’s score is as adequate as the image, but this mix is dated and I wonder if a DTS version would have sounded that much better.


Extras include outtakes, deleted scenes, original theatrical trailer, making of featurette and feature length audio commentary by Shadyac that gets thin very, very quickly.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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