Horrible Bosses appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. No issues emerged in this satisfying presentation.
Sharpness worked well. Virtually no softness appeared, as the movie was always crisp and accurately defined. No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred, and edge haloes failed to appear. Source flaws also remained absent.
Colors looked good. The image took on a slightly golden tone much of the time, but the image stayed with a pretty natural impression. The hues seemed vivid and full. Blacks appeared dark and tight, while shadows showed nice delineation. Across the board, this was a strong image.
I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Bosses was unexceptional, though it worked fine for this sort of film. Of course, I didn’t expect a dazzling soundfield from this sort of comedy, and I got exactly what I anticipated. In terms of effects, general ambience ruled the day. Surround usage stayed limited; the back speakers gently fleshed out various settings but did little more than that.
In those forward channels, the music provided nice stereo separation and opened up the mix reasonably well. A few of the more action-oriented scenes – like a car chase – managed to spread out the spectrum a bit, and bar sequences used the speakers to demonstrate a slightly more active sense of place. This remained a pretty standard comedy track, though.
Audio quality appeared fine. Dialogue was consistently warm and natural, without edginess or problems. Effects seemed appropriately clear and accurate, with good range and punch. The music worked quite well, as the score and songs were pretty peppy and warm. Nothing here really impressed, but it all sounded good enough for a “B-“.
With that, let’s move to the set’s supplements. The package includes both the film’s theatrical cut (1:37:43) and an extended version (1:45:36). In an unusual step, they appear on different platters. The extended version sits alone on Disc One, while Disc Two includes the theatrical cut and various other supplements.
What do you get in that extra eight minutes? A bunch of short extensions that pop up across nine sections of the film. Only one – in which the guys chat before the police interrogate them – almost counts as a true deleted scene; the rest are clear additions/alterations to existing sequences.
Do these make the movie better or worse? I think they allow it to work a little better, though they’re so minor that they don’t create a huge impact. Still, they tend to allow the various scenes a little more room to breathe, and they include enough funny moments to become good additions.
Seven Deleted Scenes run a total of 10 minutes, 22 seconds. The first two show alternate openings, while the other five lean toward extensions to existing sequences. We see Kurt ask out the hot Fed Ex girl and then chat with his boss. There’s an extension to the opening exchange between Kurt and Bobby, an alternate version of Nick’s fantasy, a shot of Bobby at the pharmacy, and tape of Kurt with Harken’s wife.
The alternate openings are the most interesting of the lot, though they’re not particularly great, as they start the film in a way that’s not a radical departure from the actual opening. The others provide some decent comedy, though the bit between Kurt and his boss is nothing more than slow, unnecessary exposition.
A few featurettes finish the set. My Least Favorite Career goes for five minutes, one second and offers notes from director Seth Gordon and actors Jamie Foxx, Julie Bowen, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day. They discuss their worst bosses in this fluffy but fun piece.
Surviving a Horrible Boss goes for six minutes, 29 seconds, as we hear from Bateman, Sudeikis, Day, Gordon and stunt coordinator Sean Graham. The director tells us why he came onto the project and we also hear about cast, characters and performances as well as some story and production notes. “Surviving” doesn’t give us a deep look at the flick, but it throws out a smattering of decent thoughts.
During the seven-minute, seven-second Being Mean Is So Much Fun, we find notes from Spacey, Aniston, and Farrell. They cover their characters and performances. This one acts as a complement to “Surviving” and does pretty well for itself. Actually, it’s a little deeper than its predecessor and a nice look at the actors.
Finally, we go to The Making of the Horrible Bosses Soundtrack. It lasts six minutes, 22 seconds and provides comments from Gordon, composer Chris Lennertz, and musicians Money Mark, Mike McCready, and Stefan Lessard. They tell us a bit about the movie’s score and its recording. As a Pearl Jam fan, it’s fun to see McCready, and we get a smattering of decent details here.
The theatrical disc opens with ads for Shameless Season One and A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas. No trailer for Bosses shows up here.
A third platter provides both a digital copy of Bosses for use on computers or digital portable gadgets as well as a DVD copy of the film. This delivers a barebones package, so don’t expect any extras.
Like most comedies, Horrible Bosses lives and dies with its actors. Despite a few dodgy moments, the film usually prospers due to its cast – especially Jennifer Aniston, who nearly steals the movie as a sexually-charged dentist. The Blu-ray provides excellent visuals, fairly good audio and some minor extras. While I don’t think this will ever become a comedy classic, it’s an amusing flick that holds up through multiple viewings.