Daddy Day Camp

Featured In Issue 129, March 2008

WSR Score3
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Daddy Day Care owners Charlie (Gooding Jr.) and Phil (Rae), decide to expand their child-care operation to "Daddy Day Camp" when their seven-year-old sons want to spend the summer at Camp Canola, which is run by a childhood rival of Charlie's. The successful day care owners impulsively purchase neighboring Camp Driftwood, but the challenge proves more difficult than the pair anticipated. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include up-front previews, a featurette How I Spent My Summer: Making Daddy Day Camp, the What I Learned At Day Camp: Interactive Quiz in either English or Spanish language, and additional previews.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.83:1 DVD has a somewhat blown-out appearance, with washed-out colors and elevated black levels. Color fidelity is generally good, with the various hues of green of the forest delivered nicely. Contrast is fairly well balanced and resolution is nicely rendered with fine details presented well. There are times, however, when fine details are somewhat soft. Edge enhancement and "mosquito" noise can be recognized at times, but they are not noticeable throughout the presentation. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc still looks somewhat blown out, with washed-out and somewhat pallid fleshtones. Fine details are fairly soft as well. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is relatively basic, with most of the soundtrack dedicated to the front three screen channels. The surrounds can be used fairly well for atmospheric effects, but phantom imaging is limited. The front and rear stages rarely mesh together, leaving the feeling of two disjointed stages rather than one continuous field. Dialogue generally sounds natural, but there are times when it can be difficult to understand, sounding muffled and digitized. The Blu-ray Disc's Dolby TrueHD encoding features the same issues in the mix that plagued the DVD's Dolby Digital encoding. The improved resolution of the TrueHD encoding compounds the issues in the dialogue, with it often sounding hollow and tinny. And an edge of noise can be heard over the dialogue as well at times. (Danny Richelieu)