Little Blu-ray Review

The big boss gets a small dose of karma when Little, an irreverent comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow arrives on Blu-ray on July 9th. Check out Ralph Potts’ review.

The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/Video total rating:
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89

Details:

Studio and Year: Universal – 2019
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 109 minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin
Directed by: Tina Gordon
Music by: Germaine Franco
Written by:Tracy Oliver and Tina Gordon
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: July 9, 2019

“Her Boss Woke Up Like This”

Synopsis:

“The big boss gets a small dose of karma when Little, an inventive new twist on the “body swap” comedy, arrives on Digital June 25 and Blu-ray July 9. The irreverent comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up – and glow up – right stars Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Marsai Martin (“Black-ish”) and Issa Rae (“Insecure”).” – Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

My Take:

Jordan is a take-no-prisoners tech mogul who torments her long-suffering assistant, April, and the rest of her employees on a daily basis. She soon faces an unexpected threat to her personal life and career when she magically transforms into a 13-year-old version of herself right before a do-or-die presentation. Jordan will now need to rely on April more than ever — if April is willing to stop treating Jordan like a 13-year-old child who has an attitude problem.

Little presents us with another spin on the life’s lesson comedy involving an adult that is transformed into their younger self in order to gain insights into all that they have taken for granted. I really enjoy young Marsai Martin on “Black-ish” and thought that she basically stole the show in this role. Outside of her performance the comedic aspect of Little feels pretty forced as opposed to creating clever context with which to convey the plot. There are no heartwarming elements to be found and even the story’s primary focus/lesson seems watered down.

Issa Rae’s talents are thoroughly wasted and Regina Hall’s overreach of a performance is painful to watch more often than not. Based on what I saw in the trailer I was hoping for more but, was ultimately left disappointed in Little.

Replay Value:

Parental Guide: 

The rating is for some suggestive content.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Little comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

High definition detail is notable as images are firmly resolved, with defining sharpness and dimensional depth. Colors are beautifully rendered with revealing delineation tonal warmth and vibrant textures. Fleshtones appear descriptive with discernible complexional variety that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast. Blacks are a solid shade of deep black with excellent dynamic range and discernible highlights. Contrast is well balanced which enriches both light and dark onscreen elements.

The lossless soundtrack doesn’t consistently engage the entire surround platform however it has moments where it comes to life and reproduces the source elements with aplomb. Dialog has definitive presence with refined vocal character and excellent room penetration. Dynamic range is very good which lends subtle distinction to low level sounds and gravity to broader ones. This soundtrack isn’t demonstration worthy but for a comedy it readily delivers a satisfying listening experience that didn’t leave me disappointed.

Bonus Features:

  • • Gag Reel
    • More Than a LITTLE Talent – A behind-the-scenes look at the dream cast that brings Black Girl Magic to the silver screen.
    • Regina Goes Method – A look at Regina Hall’s unique approach to playing the character of Jordan Sanders.
    • Marsai Martin Presents… – Journey with Marai Martin as she tours around the set interviewing the filmmakers and crew.
    • Black Momma Whuppin’ Situation – Go behind-the-scenes of the hilarious parking lot fight with Issa Rae and Marsai Martin.
    • Issa Rae’s Assistant Survival Guide – Issa Rae shares tips for surviving a boss from hell.
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy

Final Thoughts:

Little is a formulaic comedy that boasts a talented cast but, a noticeably bland script that simply goes through the motions. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video and a fan friendly supplemental package. Little ultimately left me wanting and is probably best left for cable TV viewing. If you’re curious I highly recommend a rental prior to purchase.

 

Ralph Potts
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