The Boss Baby appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with an excellent visual presentation.
Sharpness seemed terrific, as the film offered consistent clarity. This meant a tight image without a sliver of softness.
No signs of jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes remained absent. Of course, the image lacked any print flaws, as it remained clean at all times.
Colors became a strong element. The movie skewed toward orange and teal, but it boasted a mix of other tones as well, and these displayed consistently vivid hues.
Blacks were dense and tight, and shadows were fine, with nice clarity in low-light shots. Across the board, the image satisfied.
As for the movie’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack, it opened up the film in a satisfying manner. Though the mix didn’t give us wall-to-wall theatrics, it managed to use the spectrum well.
As expected, the film’s occasional action sequences boasted nice breadth and activity, and the aerial elements created a fine sense of involvement, as these components zoomed around the room. While the soundscape didn’t stun us on a constant basis, it provided more than enough to succeed.
Audio quality seemed consistently solid. Speech appeared natural and distinctive; no edginess or other issues marred the dialogue.
Music sounded warm and full, while effects showed good clarity and accuracy. When necessary, bass response came across as deep and tight. All of this lifted the track to “B+” status.
This package includes both 2D and 3D versions of Boss Baby. The picture comments above reflect the 2D edition – how did the 3D compare?
In terms of visual quality, the two looked very similar. A few wide shots seemed a smidgen soft in the 3D version, but otherwise, the pair felt a lot alike.
Whatever minor picture degradation we encounter became balanced by the excellent stereo presentation, as the 3D Boss Baby popped literally from beginning to end. At the movie’s start, Tim’s fantasies leapt out of the screen, and that high level of activity continued through the finale.
Given all the action and crazy antics, the film came with plenty of room to shine, and it took excellent advantage of those opportunities. Without question, the 3D Boss Baby turned into the most satisfying way to watch it.
When we move to extras, we start with BabyCorp and You. This three-minute, three-second reel offers an “orientation film” for the company’s employees. It’s cute enough but not great.
In the same vein, ”The Forever Puppy” Infomercial lasts two minutes, nine seconds and it shows a fake promo for the movie’s important product. Like “BabyCorp”, it offers minor amusement.
Another short piece, Babies Vs. Puppies fills three minutes, 26 seconds, as it presents a “news report” about the conflict between infants and pooches. It features some movie crew to provide another gently entertaining piece.
A new short, The Boss Baby and Tim’s Treasure Hunt Through Time takes up three minutes, 35 seconds. In this, Tim and Boss Baby go on a pirate adventure – one that largely seems to recycle footage from the movie. Though it gives us passable piece, it feels cheap.
The Boss Baby’s Undercover Team goes for two minutes, 17 seconds and offers a cutesy look at the film’s infant supporting characters. Like the other clips, it comes with minor entertainment, but don’t expect much – and like “Hunt”, it seems chintzy, mainly because I’m pretty sure Alec Baldwin doesn’t do the voice of Boss Baby here.
Next comes the three-minute, 37-second Cookies Are For Closers. It includes comments from director Tom McGrath, head of character animation Carlos Fernandez Puertolas, producer Ramsey Naito, and actor Alec Baldwin.
The piece offers a look at the makeup/design of BabyCorp. It produces a couple of decent insights but lacks substance.
The Great Sibling Competition fills three minutes, 27 seconds and features McGrath, Baldwin, and actors Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow, and Jimmy Kimmel. Those involved discuss their reactions to their siblings. It’s another cute but lackluster reel.
Four Deleted Scenes last a total of 11 minutes, 30 seconds. These include “Tim’s Nightmare”, “Puppy Interrogation”, “Car Ride” and “Emergency Landing”. All offer minor amusement but none seem especially memorable.
That 11:30 running time includes introductions from McGrath and Naito. They give us basics about the scenes as well as why the clips didn’t make the final cut.
A Gallery gives us 36 screens of concept art. It’s a pretty good collection.
The disc opens with ads for Captain Underpants, , Spirit: Riding Free, and Voltron: Legendary Defender. Sneak Peeks adds promos for Despicable Me 3 and All I Want For Christmas Is You, and we also get the trailer for Boss Baby.
Under The World of DreamWorks Animation, we find various promotional elements related to Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, The Croods, Turbo and Home. Mostly we get music videos, but a few trailers appear as well.
A second disc provides a DVD copy of Boss Baby. It includes the same extras as the Blu-ray.
Aspects of The Boss Baby veer toward cleverness, but the movie shoots itself in the foot. It cares more about its erratic attempts at comedy than any form of consistency and development. The Blu-ray provides stellar visuals along with very good audio and superficial collection of supplements. Boss Baby disappoints, though the terrific 3D presentation made it a bit more fun.
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