Baby Boy (2001)

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Released 18-Jun-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Introduction
Audio Commentary-John Singleton - Writer/Director
Featurette-Making Of-Cinemax Making Of
Storyboard Comparisons
Deleted Scenes-x14
Outtakes
Featurette-The Kiki and Boo Show
Music Video-Just a Baby Boy, Baby Mama
TV Spots-x7
Trailer-Baby Boy, Boyz N The Hood, Black and White
Trailer-Brothers, Blue Streak
Filmographies-Cast & Crew
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 124:32
RSDL / Flipper RSDL (85:21) Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By John Singleton
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Tyrese Gibson
Taraji P. Henson
Omar Gooding
Ving Rhames
Snoop Dogg
Adrienne-Joi Johnson
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $36.95 Music David Arnold


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
German
Dutch
Arabic
Bulgarian
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Finnish
Greek
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Norwegian
Polish
Swedish
Turkish
German Audio Commentary
Dutch Audio Commentary
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Baby Boy is a film about a young single man with two children growing up in South Central Los Angeles.

    Jody (Tyrese Gibson) is a young man growing up in South Central L.A. He still lives with his single mother and does not have a job. He has a young son with girlfriend Yvette and a daughter with another young woman, Peanut. His comfortable pattern of life is suddenly disrupted when his mother begins to date Melvin (Ving Rhames), a hardened ex-con who has tried to turn his life around. There is instantly tension between the two men and Melvin quickly moves into Jody's home. These changes in his home life force Jody to examine his life and re-evaluate his relationships with the two mothers of his children. His relationship with Yvette is also tested when her ex-boyfriend (Snoop Dogg) is released from jail and he moves in with her.

    This is the sixth film from writer/director John Singleton who is best known for his feature Boyz N The Hood and his recent remake of Shaft. This film returns to the familiar setting of South Central L.A. ten years after Boyz N The Hood was released. The lead role of Jody was originally written by Singleton for rap artist Tupac Shakur, but after he turned the role down Singleton shelved the project until he met Tyrese Gibson whom he felt would be able to carry to role.

    This film is arguably Singleton's best film to date with a tightly-written script and excellent performances by all actors. If you enjoyed Singleton's earlier films then you should definitely enjoy Baby Boy.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and it is 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is consistently sharp throughout and high levels of detail are always visible. No low-level noise was detected at any time during the transfer. During the numerous darkly lit scenes, excellent levels of shadow detail are always visible.

    The transfer displays a natural colour palette throughout and is always vibrant and well saturated. During scenes set during the early morning or evening, an orange tint in the image is visible as a result of the lighting design for these scenes.

    No MPEG artefacts were detected at any time during the transfer.

    Some minor instances of aliasing may be seen during the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 5:31, 6:36, 9:08, 24:17, 32:29, 44:56, 76:26 and 78:48. All of these artefacts are very minor and are only minimally distracting to the viewer.

    A small number of minor film artefacts may be seen during the transfer. Some examples of these artefacts may be seen at 1:55, 9:50, 16:37, 36:58 and 86:41. Each of these artefacts are very minor and they are only minimally distracting to the viewer.

    Twenty sets of white subtitles are included on this disc. I extensively sampled the English stream and found it to be consistently accurate.

    The layer change occurs at 85:21 during a scene change part way through Chapter 21. Due to its placement, this layer break is only very minimally distracting.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    English and German Dolby Digital 448 kbps 5.1 soundtracks are provided for the main feature. I listened to the English track in full and briefly sampled the German track.

    The dialogue is consistently clear and easy to understand. No dropouts or problems with audio sync were detected at any time during the transfer.

    The original score by David Arnold always fits the on-screen action but never draws attention to itself. In addition to this score, a number of hip-hop and R&B tracks are used effectively during the film.

    The surround channels are used effectively throughout the transfer and during the action scenes they are used to create an effective soundstage.

    The subwoofer channel is used extensively throughout the transfer to support the hip-hop tracks and various effects such as gunshots.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menu

    The minimally animated menus are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 or 1.33:1 depending upon player setup.

Commentary: John Singleton - Writer/Director

    During this scene-specific feature length commentary, writer/director John Singleton discusses casting for the film, the various locations, improvisations by the actors and shot composition. This commentary does contain some interesting information but due to John's softly spoken voice I found it a little difficult to maintain my attention during the track.

Cinemax Making Of (14:06)

    This is a standard Making-Of featurette containing interviews with director John Singleton and various cast members discussing their roles within the film, but it does contains some interesting comments by the cast. This extra is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

Storyboard Comparison (5:28)

    This is a split screen comparison of three scenes showing the completed scene and the original storyboards. Each scene is presented with a short introduction by storyboard artist Warren Drummond. This extra is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack at an aspect ratio of 1.70:1 and it is not 16x9 enhanced.

Deleted Scenes

    This is a collection of fourteen deleted and alternate scenes from the film. All scenes are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with visible time codes and they are not 16x9 enhanced. A Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and German and Dutch subtitles are also provided. The following scenes are included:

Outtakes and Bloopers (6:28)

    This is a collection of outtakes and bloopers from the film. All scenes are presented at an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with visible time codes and a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround soundtrack and German and Dutch subtitles.

The Kiki and Boo Show (7:12)

    This is a short segment that was created as a television talk show to be used within the film. This segment is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and German and Dutch subtitles.

Music Video: Just a Baby Boy - Snoop Dogg, Tyrese and Mr. Tan (4:06)

    This music video is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and it is not 16x9 enhanced.

Music Video: Baby Mama - Three Six Mafia (5:08)

    This music video is presented with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1.

TV Spots

    This is a collection of thirty second television commercials presented at a non 16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.78:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 surround soundtrack and German and Dutch subtitles.

Trailer: Baby Boy (2:27)

    This trailer is presented at a non-16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and includes German and Dutch subtitles.

Trailer: Boyz N The Hood (1:58)

    This trailer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and includes German and Dutch subtitles.

Trailer: Black and White (2:13)

    This trailer is presented at a non-16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and includes German and Dutch subtitles.

Trailer: Brothers (2:26)

    This trailer is presented at a 16x9 enhanced aspect ratio of 1.78:1 with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and includes German and Dutch subtitles.

Trailer: Blue Streak (1:59)

    This trailer is presented at an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and includes German and Dutch subtitles.

Filmographies

    Selected filmographies are provided for John Singleton, Tyrese Gibson, Snoop Dogg, Ving Rhames, A. J. Johnson and Omar Gooding.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    Both versions of this film appear to be identical and I therefore would have no preference for either version.

Summary

    Baby Boy is an entertaining feature from John Singleton that should appeal to any fans of Boyz N The Hood and his other early works.

    The film is presented with an excellent transfer that is only let down by the occasional minor aliasing artefact.

    The impressive 5.1 audio mix works very well with the action presented.

    The extensive collection of extras should appeal to any fans of the movie.

Ratings (out of 5)

Video
Audio
Extras
Plot
Overall

© Anthony Kable (read my bio)
Saturday, July 06, 2002
Review Equipment
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DisplaySony KP-E41SN11. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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