The Pacifier 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. While it boasted some good shots, too much of the movie looked mediocre to merit a high grade.
Largely due to the presence of some notable edge enhancement, sharpness often appeared lackluster. The film never became truly soft, but it usually resided in territory that made it somewhat indistinct. At least jagged edges and shimmering failed to occur, and I noticed no signs of source flaws.
Like the sharpness, colors were acceptable but unspectacular. The movie went with a natural palette and occasionally tossed out some fairly lively tones. However, more than a few shots came across as a bit messy in regard to their tones. Blacks appeared nicely rich, however, and low-light shots were clean and smooth. A mix of the good and the bland, The Pacifier wound up with a less-than-stellar ďB-ď.
Despite its status as a family comedy, the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack performed better than expected. That occurred because of the occasional action piece. The movieís opening sequence presented a lively environment with its various vehicles and weapons. Much of the rest of the flick was less ambitious, though scenes like the one with the ninjas and a few other bits brought the spectrum to life. Those elements used all five speakers well and created a nice action setting.
Otherwise the movie stayed firmly in the realm of the standard comedy. Music dominated the non-action scenes with good stereo imaging. The rest of the track tended toward general ambience. The stems fleshed out the track acceptably well for this material.
Across the board, quality seemed strong. Speech came across as concise and crisp, and I noticed no flaws attached to the lines. Music was vibrant and lively, as the score demonstrated good range. Effects followed suit with distinctive highs and tight lows. Bass response worked nicely in all ways, as the low-end was firm. Only a few scenes boasted great liveliness, but the overall impression earned the mix a ďB+Ē.
When we move to the DVDís extras, we start with an audio commentary from director Adam Shankman and writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific track. A really screen-specific track, as a matter of fact, as the information almost always relates directly to what we see.
Shankman dominates this piece and spends much of it in comedian mode. His remarks cover a lot of subjects but they almost always feel like minor asides. He concentrates on locations and the minutiae of the shoot. Thus we hear many little tidbits about the babies, the ducks, stunts and other elements, but these get little coverage beyond quick anecdotes.
As for the writers, they tell us that they originally intended Pacifier for Jackie Chan, and they also occasionally note changes to their script. However, they play a small role in the proceedings, as the glib Shankman doesnít leave much room for others. Actually, thatís not true; a moderate amount of dead air occurs, so the writers have a chance to chime in that they donít take.
They do joke with Shankman a lot, and for some folks, that light tone might make the commentary worthwhile. Not for me, however. The participants toss out the occasional amusing quip but most of the witticisms arenít funnier than anything in the movie. Frankly, it seems oddly disrespectful. The trio presents the impression that theyíre above this kiddie nonsense and gleefully make fun of their work. If the movieís no good, why didnít you try to make it better, guys? All of this adds up to an unfocused, uninformative and fairly tedious commentary.
Five deleted scenes last a total of three minutes. These include a chat between Wolfe and Gary the duck, more taunting of Wolfe from the vice principal, a quick shot of Wolfe as he plays kickball and gets called to the principalís office, Sethís wrestling practice, and a confrontation between ZoŽ and the cops. The only one that seems even remotely amusing is the clip in which Brad Garrett goads Diesel. The rest are pointless to painful - a conversation with a duck?
A two-minute and 33-second blooper reel follows. As one might expect, it mostly presents the usual roster of goofiness and mistakes, most of which involve the kids. I must admit itís hard to resist the shot in which a piece of bologna falls on Dieselís bald head, though.
Two featurettes come next. Brad Garrett: Unpacified runs four minutes, four seconds. As one might expect, it focuses on the supporting actor. We get lots of shots from the set and some comments from Garrett and Diesel. Garrett mostly jokes around about his role and his approach to it. Thereís some mild amusement on display here but not much actual information.
After this we find On Set with Mr. Diesel: Action Hero/Nice Guy, a two-minute and 40-second clip. We hear from Shankman, producers Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman, and actors Lauren Graham, Faith Ford, Brittany Snow and Max Theridt. Mostly they tell us how wonderful Diesel is in this fluffy piece of nothing.
Special Ops TV Commercials presents five ads that fill a total of two minutes, 35 seconds. This is simply a collection of TV promos for the movie.
At the open of The Pacifier, we get some ads. The disc presents promos for Chicken Little, The Chronicles of Narnia, Ice Princess and The Hitchhikerís Guide to the Galaxy. These also appear in the packageís Sneak Peeks area along with clips for According to Jim, Aliens of the Deep and HalloweenTown movies.
Comedy for the easy to amuse, the financial success of The Pacifier makes my teeth hurt. Outside of a game performance from Vin Diesel, thereís almost nothing to like about this idiotic, simplistic attempt at cheap humor. The DVD presents decent picture with very good audio and a minor set of extras. Skip this silly, inane piece of fluff.