The Templeton brothers have become adults and drifted away from each other, but a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together again - and inspire a new family business. Ralph Potts reviews The Boss Baby: Family Business from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.


Head Eyebrow Facial expression Cartoon Product


The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:


Extras:


Audio/UHD Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

90



Details:

Studio and Year: Universal/DreamWorks - 2021
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 108 minutes
Genre: Family

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC (HDR10/Dolby Vision)
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Alex Baldwin, James Marsden, Eva Longoria, Lisa Kudrow, Amy Sedris, Ariana Greenblatt
Directed by: Tom McGrath
Music by: Hans Zimmer
Written by: Michael McCullers
Region Code: A,B,C


Release Date: September 14, 2021


"How Many Boss Babies Can One Family Hold?"


Synopsis:

The Templeton brothers have become adults and drifted away from each other, but a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach is about to bring them together again - and inspire a new family business. – Universal Pictures Home Entertainment


My Take:

The Boss Baby: Family Business welcomes back brothers Ted and Tim. Now adults, Tim is a stay-at-home dad for two adorable daughters, while his estranged brother, Ted, is a big-shot CEO. The two are suddenly thrust together again by a brand-new boss baby, Tim’s daughter Tina, who is on a mission from BabyCorp. The plan? Join forces with Tina, take a magical formula that transforms them into babies for 48 hours and, go undercover to prevent an evil genius from turning fellow toddlers into monstrous brats.

My feelings on The Boss Baby: Family Business are essentially identical to that of its predecessor. It features a decent cast, contemporary themes, pop culture references and an elementary plot aimed at younger viewers. It keeps things simple, and builds upon its familial based elements, while adding a bit of adventure. The dialog feels rather familiar, the production elements are excellent, and there are a few charming moments, but there is nothing here that we haven’t seen before, and quite frankly the laughs and too infrequent. The Baby Boss: Family Business never really grabbed hold tight enough to keep me engaged throughout. I do think that little ones will get more out of it, so in that light, it may have something tangible to offer.



Replay Value:



Parental Guide:

The rating is for rude humor, mild language and some action.



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.


UHD Presentation: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)



    • HDR: Dark Highlights:
    • HDR: Bright Highlights:
    • HDR: Expanded Color:
    • Resolution:
    • Visual Impact:


Dolby Atmos Rating: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)



    • Level of immersion:
    • Soundstage integration:
    • Audio object placement:
    • Effectiveness of Atmos platform:
    • Entertainment factor:


The Boss Baby: Family Business comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

The Boss Baby: Family Business in Ultra HD is rendered from a 2K DI and up-converted to 4K.

In terms of resolution the differences between this and the 1080p version are appreciable as there is a noticeably finer texture in the minutia, especially in the characteristics/physical makeup of the animated characters. This also applied to the hand-crafted sets/backgrounds which emphasized depth of field and fine detail. This is essentially a boldly colorful film that also makes use of grays, black, blue and crimson, to coincide with its varied chromatic palette. Whites are gradational and bright and low-level sequences are multi-staged and dimensional in appearance.

The use of HDR is spot on, empowering the brilliance of explosions, flashes of light, and emboldening interstitial blacks, and depth of field in low lighting. Overall, I found the Ultra HD rendering superior to the 1080p version, adding another layer to its digitally crafted imagery.


Dolby Atmos:

In listening to the Dolby Atmos mix I found it made steady use of the platform. Its use of sounds placed above is a mix of atmospherics and discrete effects. This is done well and creates an involving listening experience. Over the course of the film there are various sequences where environmental sounds, music cues and discrete objects are mixed to differing locations in the sound field, adding a head turning element to the viewing experience.

Ted’s arrival via helicopter at Tim’s house, followed later by the extended horse drawn adventure through town, show off the mix’s chops, incorporating flying debris, atmospherics, and near field objects that rotate around the soundstage from both above and at ear level. Overall, I enjoyed this immersive sound mix and think that it complimented the source material.


For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

Ultra HD Blu-ray Has Come to AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews


Blu-ray Video:


Video: 100
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)



    • Resolution/Clarity:
    • Black Level/Shadow Detail:
    • Color Reproduction:
    • Fleshtones:
    • Compression:


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


    • Dynamics:
    • Low frequency effects:
    • Surround Sound presentation:
    • Clarity/Detail:
    • Dialog Reproduction:
    • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

The Boss Baby: Family Business comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

This is a reference quality video presentation that boasts vivacious colors that are rich in saturation and bold in depth. Detail is superlative as the video has definitive three-dimensional quality with crisp texture and excellent fine articulation. Contrast is strong and well balanced so that whites are crisp and colors pop without distortion or loss of detail. Blacks are deep with excellent dynamic and enriching gradational highlights. This is a beautiful and pristine quality digital transfer that sparkles on Blu-ray.

The 7.1 Dolby TrueHD (Atmos core) soundtrack makes effective use of the surround platform and offer detail rich sonic clarity, and crystalline dialog reproduction. The mix doesn’t bombard you with aggressive surround sound. It applies it when appropriate and combines discretely placed directional cues with supporting ambience that fills the listening area nicely. The front and rear sound field never collide but work in unison to render the soundtrack’s elements. Dynamic range and bass response is excellent, adding thematic emphasis and resonating punch when called upon. This is a solid audio presentation that mates well with the source material.




Bonus Features:
  • Disc 1: The Boss Baby: Family Business Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Disc 2: The Boss Baby: Family Business Blu-ray
    • ALL-NEW ORIGINAL SHORT “Precious Templeton: A Pony TALE” - In this original DreamWorks animated short, Precious Templeton has entered the Perfect Pony Pageant in hopes of winning top prize. Just as the winner is about to be announced, the crown jewels are stolen. What will they do now? Find out in this hilarious original short.
    • Gag Reel
    • Deleted Scene – “Time Out” with introduction by Director Tom McGrath.
    • Never Grow Up: The Big Babies Behind The Boss Baby: Family Business – Get behind the lens with cast and filmmakers as we uncover how The Boss Baby: Family Business came to life. Dive deeper into the inspirations for each character and see what it took to bring this animated feature to life.
    • “Together We Stand” Lyric Video – Sing along with Tabitha as she performs “Together We Stand,” in this whimsical lyric video.
    • Roll Call – Meet the voices behind the babies as we take a cast roll call of The Boss Baby: Family Business.
    o Alec Baldwin – Boss Baby (Ted)
    o Amy Sedaris – Tina
    o James Marsden - Tim
    • Creative Experiment Lab – Schools in Session! Join us in the creative experiment lab to become a scientist in your own home. Hosted by James Marsden (voice of Tim), we’ll teach you everything you need to know to pass science class with flying colors.
    o Potato Power
    o Volcano To Go
    o Plastic Fantastic
    • Boss Baby Art Class: How to Draw – Ever wondered what it would be like to be an animator? Get a firsthand look at how to draw your favorite Boss Baby at home with this fun drawing tutorial. Hosted by Catherine Rader, one of the lead story animators of The Boss Baby: Family Business, you’ll see step by step how to bring this big baby to life.
    o Boss Baby (Ted)
    o Tina
    o Precious Templeton
    • Feature Commentary – Feature Commentary with Director/Exec. Producer Tom McGrath, Producer Jeff Hermann and Production Designer Raymond Zibach.
  • Digital Code



Final Thoughts:

As with its predecessor, The Baby Boss: Family Business is a mildly entertaining, formulaic, family adventure, that will appeal more to young viewers, while, aside from a few well-placed pop culture references, will leave their parents rather bored. It comes to Blu-ray in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent Ultra HD quality, sparkling high-definition video, rewarding lossless surround sound, including a fair Dolby Atmos mix, and a fan friendly assortment of extras. The Baby Boss: Family Business didn’t make for a wholly gratifying family film but, should make for an entertaining evening for the kids, especially on Blu-ray.















Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews


Reference Review System:

JVC DLA-RS2000 4K Ultra High Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Calman color calibration software and Portrait Displays C6 HDR2000 colorimeter from Portrait.com)
Stewart Filmscreen - Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16x9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Electronic Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV7706 Audio/Video Processor
Emotiva XPA-7 Gen 3 Seven Channel Amplifier
Emotiva XPA-11 Gen 3 Amplifier
Panasonic DP-UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Oppo BDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
System Controller: Apple iPad/Roomie Remote V6 Universal Remote Control
SVS Ultra Tower Speakers (Gloss Finish)
SVS Ultra Center Channel (Gloss Finish)
SVS Ultra Surrounds (Gloss Finish in Bipolar Configuration)
Dual SVS PC4000 Cylinder Subwoofers
Niles Audio In-Ceiling/In-Wall Series Speakers
Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) - Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
AC Infinity Aircom T8 Component Cooling Systems