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The Babymakers

Blu Ray

  • Score
    53
    from 2 reviewers
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  • 'The Babymakers' is a mediocre comedy with few highs, led by its cast; best to rent or avoid.

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  • Video
    68
  • The Babymakers Blu-ray boasts a sharp, mostly pleasing 1080p transfer with good detail and color, despite slight warmth and minor issues like banding and aliasing. Strong in most aspects but with some black level and depth inconsistencies.

  • Audio
    63
  • The Babymakers' Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack is technically adequate but uninspiring, focusing on clear dialogue and light ambience, with minimal surround sound use, perfectly meeting the film's modest audio demands.

  • Extra
    43
  • The Babymakers extras include a trailer collage, featurette, interviews, and raw BTS footage, all in 1080p, showcasing the cast, plot discussions, and unexplained on-set activities.

  • Movie
    39
  • The Babymakers, a slow-paced, raunchy comedy, fails to entertain despite uproarious moments from Broken Lizard's troupe and a quirky plot around a sperm bank heist.

    Video: 68

    The Babymakers" comes to Blu-ray with a presentation that mostly impresses, delivering a 1080p transfer that strikes a commendable balance between fidelity and cinematic texture. The video quality is defined by a light grain presence that enhances its film-like appearance, alongside a color palette that, although slightly warm, manages to keep natural tones well-balanced and vibrant. This results in scenes, ranging from the lushness of natural greens to the intensity of red shirts and the colorful diversity of a grocery store, popping with stability and lifelike accuracy. Detailing is a strong aspect of this transfer, with the image clarity bringing out the finer points such as complex facial textures, fabric nuances, and background minutiae with remarkable sharpness.

    However, the presentation isn't without its flaws. Certain technical issues like banding and aliasing were noted, albeit infrequently, alongside a performance in low-light conditions and black levels that didn’t quite hit the mark. Blacks were described as close to inky but lacking the depth to fully commit, leading to some scenes, notably those intended to be dark or during the robbery sequence, suffering from crush and a lack of dimensional depth. Despite these inconsistencies in shadow detail and black depth, the overall clarity remained above average, with natural skin tones and a general crispness in the picture quality.

    From a technical standpoint, Millennium Entertainment has delivered a very competent Blu-ray transfer of "The Babymakers," balancing a generally sharp and well-defined image with a few areas that could benefit from improvement. While there are momentary distractions in the form of minor digital anomalies and less-than-ideal black level performance, these do not significantly detract from what is fundamentally a strong and engaging visual presentation. This balance of quality and minor imperfections creates a viewing experience that, while perhaps not spectacular by the strictest standards, is both enjoyable and visually pleasing throughout.

    Audio: 63

    The Babymakers" is presented with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless soundtrack that, while technically proficient, leaves much to be desired in terms of a dynamic auditory experience. The audio mix prioritizes dialogue clarity, consistently delivering firm and intelligible speech from the center channel. This ensures that conversations remain the focal point without being overshadowed by ambient noises or the musical score. The music, whether it be subtle background tones or more intense beats, is accurately reproduced and extends well into the front channels, providing a somewhat immersive experience despite the soundtrack's overall lack of audial depth.

    However, the soundstage feels constrained, primarily due to underutilized surround channels. The front channels bear the brunt of the audio delivery, successfully conveying the film's limited sonic demands but failing to create a truly enveloping sound field. Scenes that might have benefited from a richer surround implementation—such as outdoor activities or chaotic city escapades—suffer from a notable absence of rear channel engagement, resulting in a sound experience that, while adequate, feels lackluster. Directionality attempts to add some spatial dynamics but often comes across as forced, detracting from the natural flow of scenes.

    In essence, "The Babymakers" offers an audio presentation that is sufficient for conveying the film's straightforward sonic needs but does little to enhance the viewing experience with innovative or engaging sound design. The soundtrack operates within a safe, unambitious range, providing clear dialogue and competent musical scoring without offering the auditory breadth or depth that might have elevated the overall impact of the film's audiovisual presentation.

    Extra: 43

    The extra presentation on the Blu-ray release of "The Babymakers" includes a modest collection of supplements that elaborate on the movie’s production and the creative process behind it, albeit with a notable overlap between the featurettes and interviews. The main featurette and Cast & Crew Interviews offer insights into the making of the film, albeit with redundancy between the two pieces as they cover similar ground. These segments include discussions on the plot, characterization, and praise for Director Jay Chandrasekhar’s work, accompanied by behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews. However, the execution is somewhat lacking in depth and can come across as repetitive. The Behind the Scenes footage is presented without much context, making it feel more like a random assortment of on-set clips rather than a cohesive look into the film's production. The addition of Previews for other Millennium titles provides a glimpse into the studio's other offerings.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Featurette: Cast and crew discuss the movie's production and their experiences.
    • Cast & Crew Interviews: Extended interviews with insights into roles and filmmaking approaches.
    • Behind the Scenes: Unedited, context-free on-set footage.
    • Previews: A collection of trailers for additional Millennium titles.

    Movie: 39

    The Babymakers" fails to deliver a compellingly humorous narrative, focusing largely on an overused comedy trope – the desperate attempts of Tommy (played by Paul Schneider) and Audrey (Olivia Munn) to conceive, dragging audiences through their arduous journey filled with lewd antics and an unfocused plot. Despite attempts to mix raunchy humor with a heartwarming quest for parenthood, the film struggles to find its comedic footing, largely due to predictable scenarios and lack of genuine chemistry between the lead characters. The involvement of Jay Chandrasekhar and Kevin Heffernan from the Broken Lizard troupe injects some moments of laughter, highlighting their knack for slapstick and situational comedy, yet their performances alone are not enough to elevate the overall viewing experience.

    Technically, "The Babymakers" does little to stand out in a genre that has seen its fair share of hits and misses. The narrative's reliance on crude humor and exaggerated gags feels like a desperate grab for laughs rather than cleverly written comedy. With a plot centered around breaking into a sperm bank, the film inadvertently becomes a masterclass in how not to extend a short film idea into a full-length feature. Its pacing is hampered by too many unnecessary scenes aimed at dragging out the runtime, overshadowing the few genuinely funny moments buried within the script. This misstep is an unfortunate reminder that comedy, while subjective, requires more than just shock value and familiar faces to be effective.

    Ultimately, "The Babymakers" seems content with occupying the lower tiers of the rom-com genre, failing to leverage its potentially interesting premise into something memorable or noteworthy. The performances, particularly from Chandrasekhar, offer fleeting respite from the tedium but are not sufficient to salvage the film from its self-inflicted mediocrity. It's an example of how crucial balanced writing and character development are in crafting a comedy that resonates beyond surface-level jokes and situational absurdities, leaving much to be desired in terms of originality and execution.

    Total: 53

    The Babymakers" struggles to leave a mark in the realm of comedic cinema, presenting itself as an overly long endeavor that seems to rely heavily on unnecessary filler to achieve its runtime. The narrative appears to be encumbered by its own bloat, yet there are fleeting moments suggesting a potentially engaging comedy is waiting to break free. The primary characters fall flat, lacking the depth or intrigue that might draw audiences in. However, the film's saving grace can be found in its supporting cast—namely Chandrasekhar, Heffernan, Harris, and Faxon—whose performances inject a much-needed vibrancy into the storyline. Despite this, viewers might find themselves wading through excessive lowbrow humor and unremarkable sequences to get to the film's few redeeming qualities. The Blu-ray release by Millennium offers satisfactory video and audio quality but doesn't compensate for the film's fundamental flaws. A handful of supplementary features are included, though they do little to enhance the overall viewing experience.

    Critics have been particularly harsh regarding the film's attempt at humor, denouncing it as a devoid of genuine comedy and leaning too heavily on tasteless gags that fail to elicit laughter. Described as a soulless experience, "The Babymakers" has been cautioned against by viewers, urged to be skipped and forgotten. The mediocrity of the Blu-ray's technical aspects further cements the film's status as a missed opportunity within comedic cinema, with average video and audio presentations underscoring the lacklustre overall package.

    In conclusion, "The Babymakers" Blu-ray release fails to salvage the film from its foundational problems. Overreliance on filler content and a predominantly unengaging cast overshadow the fleeting moments of potential humor and charm. Despite adequate technical presentations, the offering leaves much to be desired. As such, it becomes difficult to recommend this title for anything beyond a curiosity watch, primarily due to the commendable efforts of its supporting actors. Potential viewers should temper their expectations or consider more critically acclaimed alternatives for their comedy fix.