Baby Mama

Featured In Issue 135, October 2008

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Single and successful, Kate (Fey) is the youngest vice president her company has ever had. Kate has long put her career ahead of a personal life, but now she is ready to start a family. Because of her advancing maternal years and deformed uterus, Kate is told that she has a one-in-a-million chance of conceiving a child. But Kate didn't get where she is in life by lying idly by waiting for solutions, instead she decides to hire a surrogate to carry her child for her. When Angie (Poehler), Kate's Baby Mama, shows up on her doorstep with no place to live, a comedy of errors ensues when highly structured Kate attempts to turn the free-spirited Angie into a perfect expectant mother. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include commentary by cast and crew, a Blu-ray-exclusive U-Control interactive feature, and the ability to create clips of your favorite scenes with My Scenes.

Noticeably heavy compression artifacts and soft sharpness can damage the anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD. Black levels are elevated, and shadows generally look flat. There are scenes, however, where near-black shadows are rendered well. Fleshtones have a pink hue, and the picture is generally too bright. Colors are fairly well balanced, though. Compression artifacts can be recognized on occasion, and while edge enhancement is subtle, it is noticeable on high-contrast transitions. The VC-1-encoded Blu-ray Disc shows good resolution with a good sense of dimension to the image. There is minor color bleeding, and whites bloom on occasion. The lightness is balanced well, though. Fleshtones have a plugged-up appearance, but they can look natural from time to time. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is typical of movies of this genre, depending on the front stage with very little surround engagement. The LFE channel is used infrequently, but bass does sound tight and natural, as delivered from the front full-range channels. Still, the bass rarely drops below 60 Hz. The sense of depth in the front stage is adequate, although the majority of the presentation does sound rather flat. Fidelity is decent, but dialogue often sounds muffled. Phantom imaging is very rare, and a high-pitched ringing can be heard at times throughout. The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio™ encoding features the same mix as the DVD, and dialogue sounds more natural. The high-pitched ringing is still audible at times and dialogue can sound recessed with poor naturalness. (Danny Richelieu)