The Boss Baby - 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
- Street Date:
- July 25th, 2017
- Reviewed by:
- Bryan Kluger
- Review Date: 1
- August 14th, 2017
- Movie Release Year:
- 97 Minutes
- MPAA Rating:
- Release Country
- United States
The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take
The Boss Baby is making its 4K home video release day-and-date with the Blu-ray version of the movie. For the full in-depth review, please read our Boss Baby Blu-ray review HERE.
The short version? The Boss Baby zig-zags through action-adventure, family drama, and fart joke comedy that, thanks to its top-notch voice cast, should appeal to audiences young and small. Most of this is put together with a quick pace and big laughs and despite its insane and almost too-cutesy premise, it delivers the goods.
And yes, they're, making a sequel.
Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
The Boss Baby comes with comes with a dual-layered UHD66 Disc and a Region A locked Blu-ray Disc. There is an insert for a Digital HD copy. The discs are housed in an eco-friendly, hard, black plastic case with a cardboard sleeve too.
The Video: Sizing Up the Picture
The Boss Baby comes with a 2160p UHD transfer with HDR and is presented in 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Comparing to the standard Blu-ray release, this 4K transfer isn't a huge upgrade.
When spending the extra money on something that's supposed to be leaps and bounds better than the previous format, you come to expect a certain quality. DreamWorks really outdid themselves on the Blu-ray version, but with this HDR image, detail and colors are only slightly better, where you'd really have to pay attention to see the upgrades. Detail is of course sharp and vivid, as it is on the Blu-ray.
With this UHD transfer, you'll notice small improvements in individual hairs on the character's heads, flowing in the air, as well as more intimate stitching in their clothing, for instance - the boss baby's suite, where very texture can be seen. Even the clouds where the babies are made have more depth here, but that's as far as it goes, which is not much. Colors are look good with the HDR, but it's not much of a difference from the Blu-ray version.
The blue skies might have a better shade of blue and some of the earthy tones in the interior of the house look crisper, but other than that, there is no big upgrade. Black levels are very deep and inky and the skin colors used in the animation look rather realistic. There are no problems with aliasing, banding, or any other noise to speak of.
The Audio: Rating the Sound
This release comes with an impressive Dolby Atmos track that has a much fuller and better sound than the Blu-ray's DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix.
Sound effects are robust and loud throughout with realistic noises that bounce off the walls easily, giving an immersive experience. All of the silly adventures and household sounds flow through the surrounds with force and never stops with great directionality. There is a scene in a large event space with tons of dogs roaming about, which picks up the echoes and reverb of their little barks quite well and places you in the center of the action.
There is also an excellent low-end with powerful bass that has a good rumble to it when it needs to in the heavier action sequences without crossing over into rocky territory. The score also adds to the silliness and dramatic effect of each scene without drowning out any other sound aspect. The overhead speakers provide some great moments, such as the rocket ship taking off and the tons of babies being aligned and dropped to Earth. Dialogue is always cleanly presented and free of any pops, cracks, hiss, and shrills. This Atmos track sure sounds fantastic.
The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff
All of the Bonus Materials included with this release are HD Exclusives. However, none are actually ON the actual 4K disc -- instead, you access this content by by popping in the included Blu-ray. Please see our Boss Baby Blu-ray review HERE for a breakdown of these features.
HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?
Please see our Boss Baby Blu-ray review HERE for a breakdown of these HD Exclusives.
The Boss Baby is a cute film that has a few laughs and some heart. It's not specifically for adults and plays more to the younger crowd, but there are a few moments that should spark interest and smiles with everyone. The film itself looks great and should appease most. The 4K video is only slightly upgraded here, but the Dolby Atmos track is quite good. With the 4K version, you also get the Blu-ray and Digital Copy, which comes with all of the extras, even if they aren't that great. With all of this in mind, this comes Recommended!
- UHD/Blu-ray/Digital Copy
- 2160p HEVC / H.265
- English: Dolby Atmos
- English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
- Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
- French: DTS 5.1
- English SDH, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Mandarin, Norwegian, Swedish
- NEW Mini Adventure: The Boss Baby and Tim's Treasure Hunt Through Time – Narrated by Wizzie, the magical wizard, join Boss Baby and Tim on their adventure!
- The Forever Puppy Infomercial – Always playful, always snuggly, and everlastingly cute; The Forever Puppy is destined to win the cuteness competition with babies once and for all.
- BabyCorp and You – Helpful advice and more for new infants on the job at BabyCorp.
- Babies vs. Puppies: Who Do YOU Love? – Who has won the hearts of familes once and for all? This "scientific" experiment compares and contrasts factors such as "cuddliness," "adorability," and "attention grabbing techniques" used by both demanding competitors.
- The Boss Baby's Undercover Team – From Staci, the note taker who can't read, to Jimbo the huge baby who'll take a suction cup arrow for the Boss, to the triple-threat of the Triplets, Boss Baby dives deeper into this team of cute corporate board members.
- Cookies are for Closers: Inside BabyCorp – Go behind the scenes with Director Tom McGrath as he introduces us to BabyCorp, a secret organization of infants united for a common goal in THE BOSS BABY.
- The Great Sibling Competition – A fun, kid-friendly and humorous look at the competition among siblings to win the affection of their parents. Explore conversations with the cast and crew on their competitive sibling relationships and get very special insights from Boss Baby himself: Alec Baldwin.
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