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It costs more to have someone born than to have someone killed!

Considering the pedigree, is it any wonder that BABY MAMA ($40) plays like a slightly shrill SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE sketch on steroids, but it does include a warm, squishy nougaty comedy interior to make it more than palatable. In BABY MAMA, Tina Fey portrays Kate Holbrook, a thirty-seven year old business executive who has put having a career before having a relationship or family. Hearing the ticking of her biological clock tick rather loudly, Kate tries to get pregnant on her own, but finds herself incapable, and needs to turn to surrogacy. Enter Angie Ostrowiski (Amy Poehler), a decidedly low rent (and lowbrow) surrogate with an upscale price tag. When Angie has a falling out with her common law husband Carl Loomis (Dax Shepard), she moves in Kate, and the two mix like oil and water- hence much of the filmís comedy. BABY MAMA also stars Greg Kinnear as juice bar owner Rob Ackerman, with whom Kate begins a romance, while Steve Martin is Kateís new agey boss Barry. Sigourney Weaver, Maura Tierney, Holland Taylor and Romany Malco lend support.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has made BABY MAMA available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation is very pleasing, offering a fairly crisp and detailed image. There is a slightly diffuse quality to the cinematography, but fine detail is still strong. Colors are generally warm and provide a natural level of saturation. Blacks are deep, whites are clean, plus the contrast and shadow detail are very good. The elements from which BABY MAMA have been transferred appear virtually pristine. A fine sheen of grain is noticeable throughout, which reminds one that they are watching a movie, instead of a video.

BABY MAMA is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Talky in nature, BABY MAMA features a generally unremarkable comedy mix. As expected, the outlying channels see limited activity, with only occasional effects, general ambience and musical fill falling into the rears. Fidelity is excellent in regards the musical component. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. French and Spanish DTS 5.1 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French and Spanish subtitles.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Writer/director Michael McCullers, producer Lorne Michaels, plus actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are on hand to provide a running Audio Commentary. Additionally, Universal's U-Control interface is utilized to provide picture-in-picture, pop-up interview and behind-the-scenes supplements (requires a Profile 1.1 player).

BABY MAMA has some shrill moments, but for the most part is a likable enough comedy. Universalís presentation is attractive, but this is relatively undemanding material.



Baby Mama [Blu-ray] (2008)


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