SRP $29.98 1.85:1/full frame DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 UNIVERSAL
 

 

SRP $39.98 1.85:1 DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 UNIVERSAL
 

Tina Fey, undoubtedly, is one of the funniest writers/actresses today. Her "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" weekend update sketches have consistently been the best part of the show over the past years, and prior to her, they were mixed at best. Her work with "30 Rock" also makes for some of the best comedy on tv in recent memory. Her major film debut, "BABY MAMA" has been released on dvd and blu-ray by UNIVERSAL. Fey plays Kate, a career-driven woman, worried she's missing out on the period where she can have a child and be a good mom, having never found Mr. Right. Frustrated, she decides to hire a surrogate, her "Weekend Update-co-star, Amy Poehler)as Angie, a lazy woman married to Dax Sheperd, a backwards, possessive, but uncaring husband.  Deciding the best potential for the surrogate to have the baby in the best environment, Kate chooses to have Angie move in with her, staying(as much as possible)within her reach and wisdom. Fortunately, and unfortunately at times, the humor that ensues is alternatively a blend of witty and gross-out humor. Still, at its center, there's a sweetness to the film, and Fey's comedy transcends genders and norms.

UNIVERSAL has provided widescreen and full-frame options on dvd, and the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio on blu-ray. The dvd is 16:9 enhanced and the blu-ray is encoded with 1080p/AVC MPEG-4. While the colors are solid, they're never vibrant. Detail is impressive, but while better than the dvd, the image never offers the kind of depth found on superior UNIVERSAL blu-ray releases. There are no moments, wherein the image has the "jump off the screen" kind of resolution. Contrast is fine, but not notably different between the dvd and blu-ray format, save for a little darker blacks on blu-ray.

Both formats offer a fine, decent image, but this isn't reference quality in either format.

UNIVERSAL has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for dvd and DTS-HD Master Audio Lossless 5.1 mix for blu-ray.  Having a typical comedy mix, surrounds are rarely used, and even when they are, while DTS-HD offers a slightly deeper bass, there's not much difference between the two mixes. Separation effects are focused towards the front soundstage for both formats. The DTS-HD has slightly cleaner sound, it's not that noticeable in scene to scene comparisons we've made. Both are decent and unremarkable.

For some reason, UNIVERSAL elected to offer more extras on the dvd than the blu-ray. The blu-ray gets a PIP commentary, but the dvd gets deleted scenes, brief alternative ending and more.