UNIVERSAL has released one of Jim Carrey's most successful comedies, "LIAR LIAR" on hd-dvd. No matter what one thinks of Jim Carrey's style of acting, it's going to be hard for anyone to not like "Liar Liar." This is because it's made with more warmth than his previous films, and the comedy, though broad, is never gross. In fact, in many ways "Liar Liar" feels like a PG-13 Disney film for the whole family! Carrey plays a lawyer whose son wishes he can't tell a lie for 24 hours. Obviously this magical wish presents plenty of opportunities for humor and the jokes, when not too soft-targeted, are terrific. Older male fans will enjoy seeing a hilarious brief elevator scene with Krista Allen, when she looked her greatest.
UNIVERSAL has provided a 1080p/VC-1 transfer with the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio. While it's notably better in black levels and noise than the previously available dvds, it doesn't offer the substantial level of detail one hopes for on hd-dvd, and has often been achieved by UNIVERSAL with their newer hd-dvd film releases. Sure, the detail is better than dvd, but it doesn't offer that many scenes appearing to jump off the screen with depth. Colors are solid, but much of the film just appears flat.
UNIVERSAL has provided a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix. A typical dialogue-heavy comedy, this isn't an aggressive mix, with most separation delegated towards the front. Surrounds kick in at select times with ambient effects. Bass and discrete effects are rare but enjoyable. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. Not a great mix, but better than the standard dvd.
UNIVERSAL has carried over the extras from the previously available collector's edition laserdisc, including a fun commentary with the director and Carry and an extended deleted scene.