Boss Baby, The: Family Business 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 260, March/April 2022

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In "The Boss Baby: Family Business," the sequel, the Templeton brothers –– Tim (James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin)—have become adults and drifted away from each other. Enter new boss baby Tina (Amy Sedaris) with a cutting-edge approach and can-do attitude that is determined to bring them together again...and inspire a new family business. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director/Executive Producer Tom McGrath, Producer Jeff Hermann and Production Designer Raymond Zibach; the new original short "Precious Templeton: A Pony Tale" (HD 04:15); a gag reel (HD ); a deleted scene with introduction by Director McGrath (HD 03:25); four featurettes: "Never Grow Up: The Big Babies Behind The Boss Baby: Family Business" (HD 06:16), "Roll Call" (HD 08:51), "Creative Experiment Lab" (HD 07:18) and "Boss Baby Art Class: How To Draw" (HD 08:23); the "Together We Stand Lyric Video" (HD 02;59) and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was animated digitally and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The animated picture is bright and colorful with terrific textural detail and color fidelity. The wide color gamut exhibits nicely nuanced hue shadings. Colors are strongly saturated, vivid and punchy, yet perfectly balanced. HDR contrast is superb with a bright white level, deep shadow saturation and delineation, and deep black levels. Image motion is prominent and often fast paced. The imagery is super sharp with fine, nuanced detail exhibited throughout. This is a flawless picture with brilliant colors that will enthrall home theatre enthusiasts. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Amos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack features a lively music score that is diversified with great fidelity, a wide and deep soundstage and aggressive surround envelopment. Dynamics are excellent, with deep bass extension. Sound effects are exciting and atmospherics are active throughout. Foley sound effects are prominent throughout with excellent realism. ADR dialogue is intelligible, often with convincing spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element opens with expansive outdoor atmospherics, then lightening/thunder effects, applause, a lava rush, wind, the sound of children chattering, a helicopter, and other effects. Unfortunately, the height layer, while active in the early scenes, is infrequently used in the scenes when the main characters revert back to babies, except for very brief effects. So much more could have been achieved to enhance height dimensionality, including extension of the music score.

Overheads are occasionally used in a discrete manner but are just as frequently deployed to support the barrage of audio cues that penetrate the listening area.

This is a soundtrack with aggressive elements that surround the listener with holosonic® immersion. (Gary Reber)