Baby on Board appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Despite some attractive shots, the overall presentation remained average.
Sharpness was generally decent, but rarely seemed very good. The movie tended to display acceptable definition but not better than that. Though the occasional shot looked really tight, most were simply fair. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering appeared, and edge enhancement was absent. Source flaws weren’t much of a concern; I noticed a couple of specks and that was it.
Like the sharpness, colors appeared mediocre. The film’s natural palette never looked off, but it lacked much vivacity. Blacks were bland and somewhat flat, and shadows tended to be dense. This was especially true for a nighttime exterior at Curtis and Angela’s house, but other low-light shots also seemed a bit thick. While the flick boasted enough appealing images to get a “C+”, it was usually a pretty lackluster presentation.
I found even less to impress in the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Baby on Board. The biggest problem here stemmed from the poor quality of the film’s foley work. Speech was natural and concise, and music also sounded fairly full and rich. Unfortunately, effects were often bad. These elements suffered from an awkward echo that gave them an unnatural tone. This became a consistent distraction throughout the film.
The flick’s soundfield did nothing to stand out either. Music showed decent stereo imaging, but effects had little to do. Even when the film tried to become showier, it just appeared contrived. Take the “Korean hand job” parlor scene toward the end; the sound designers put the moans of patrons in the rear speakers. Rather than add life to the track, that choice simply made the mix sound less convincing.
Other effects were no more satisfying. The movie stayed with general ambience and rarely portrayed any real movement or anything involving. Between the bland soundfield and the awkward foley, this was a “C-“ soundtrack.
A few extras pop up here. The main attraction comes from an audio commentary with director Brian Herzlinger and producer Emilio Ferrari. Both sit together for this running, screen-specific look at cast and performances, sets and locations, the opening animation, story, script and rewrites, some visual choices, and a smattering of other production topics.
I’ll say this for Herzlinger and Ferrari: they’re enthusiastic about their film. They seem downright ebullient as they discuss Board. While this attitude isn’t infectious – it’d take some sort of brain-eating infection to make me enjoy Board - at least it ensures a pleasant commentary experience. Happy talk pops up a lot, but the participants balance this with a fair amount of filmmaking info. This doesn’t become a memorable track, but it moves along well enough.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find a Photo Gallery. This running collection includes 50 pictures and lasts four minutes, 13 seconds. We find nothing more than images from the flick in this dull package.
That fits the movie, as Baby on Board provides a uniformly atrocious experience. Except when it bores, the movie offends, and it includes nothing clever or interesting to ever redeem it. The Blu-ray provides mediocre picture and audio along with a decent commentary. Avoid this thoroughly awful film.