Definitely, Maybe appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. This was a passable transfer and that was about it.
Sharpness was generally fine. A little softness marred wider shots, but the majority of the flick looked acceptably well-defined and accurate. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and only light edge enhancement materialized. Source flaws were absent, but the movie seemed awfully grainy much of the time; the grain levels were distracting.
Colors appeared decent at best. They lacked much vivacity and tended to seem somewhat drab and flat. Blacks followed suit, as dark elements looked muddy, and shadows were too dense. Low-light shots came across as dull and somewhat tough to discern. This was a consistently ordinary transfer that deserved a “C+”.
When I examined the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack of Maybe, I couldn’t find much to praise, either. I expected that, though, since I wouldn’t anticipate a wild experience from this sort of chick flick. The soundfield focused on the front spectrum, and music presented the most prominent element. The score showed good stereo imaging, and we got some minor ambience, but that was about it. If the surrounds played a real part, I didn’t notice them; they added some mild reinforcement and nothing else. This was a very low-key experience.
Audio quality was fine. Speech sounded distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues. Effects didn’t have much to do, but they were acceptable for what they offered. Music appeared reasonably full and rich. There wasn’t enough here to merit a grad above a “C+”, though, so don’t expect a memorable soundtrack.
When we head to the DVD’s extras, we start with an audio commentary from director Adam Brooks and actor Ryan Reynolds. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific piece. They discuss cast and performances, music, sets and locations, characters and story, and a few other production issues.
A dull movie gets a mediocre commentary. Though we get a reasonable number of useful facts, a fair amount of puffery also occurs, and we discover too many slow spots and dead air. There’s enough content to keep you with the piece, but don’t expect a scintillating chat.
Four Deleted Scenes run a total of five minutes, 42 seconds. These mostly provide a bit more info about the characters in “present day”. That makes them moderately interesting but they wouldn’t have fit all that well in the flick; its denouement goes on too long as it is, so extra “finishing up” footage would’ve made the movie even slower.
Two featurettes follow. Creating a Romance goes for 12 minutes, 29 seconds as it mixes movie clips, shots from the set, and interviews. We hear from Reynolds, Brooks, executive producer Liza Chasin and Bobby Cohen, and actors Derek Luke, Elizabeth Banks, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin and Rachel Weisz. The show covers characters and story, cast, characters and performances, Brooks’ work as director, and closing thought about the movie. Expect a standard puff piece here. No real information appears in this promotional clip.
The Changing Times of Definitely, Maybe runs five minutes, eight seconds and features Brooks, Reynolds, Chasin, Cohen, Banks, Fisher, Weisz, Breslin, production designer Stephanie Carroll, and costume designer Gary Jones. The program examines period details used to cover the various eras viewed in the movie. A few good tidbits emerge here, but the piece is too brief and superficial to truly satisfy.
A few ads open the DVD. We get clips for Mamma Mia, Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day, and Lipstick Jungle. No trailer for Maybe appears here.
I’ve seen worse chick flicks than Definitely, Maybe, but I’ve not seen many I’d call more forgettable. Despite a clever premise and some talented actors, the film provides a consistently dull, ordinary piece without much to entertain. The DVD provides mediocre picture and audio as well as unexceptional extras. Nothing about this release stands out as notable, so I’d advise you to skip it.