Oct 292011

A decent rental, but unless you are in love with any of these actors, Horrible Bosses might be a tough buy at $20. For $10, I’d say go for it. The Blu-ray boasts average picture and audio quality, with little to no extras, so be warned.




Horrible Bosses (2011)
++Totally Inappropriate Edition++


The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Warner Bros. | R/Unrated – 106 min. – $35.99 | October 11, 2011

Directed by:
Seth Gordon
Michael Markowitz (story), Michael Markowitz and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein (screenplay)
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Donald Sutherland, Jamie Foxx

Theatrical Release Date: July 8, 2011

Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, DVD Copy, Digital Copy
Number of Discs:

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
1080p/Widescreen 2.40
English SDH, French, Spanish
A, B, C 


THE MOVIE – 3.75/5

This year has been pretty good to R-Rated comedies. First we had Bridesmaids and second, Horrible Bosses. Thanks to The Hangover a few years back, studios seem more willing to get R-Rated humor a bigger chance to succeed, and it looks like it’s paying off.

Unlike some, I didn’t find The Hangover to be LOL funny. I have yet to see the sequel…but many compared the humor of Horrible Bosses to The Hangover. Now, after watching Bosses, I’m a bit stumped. While the film was probably a tick better than Hangover, I didn’t find it to be the laugh riot fest that everyone else thought it to be. Don’t get me wrong, it’s funny, but never once did I feel the need to pause the film because I was laughing so hard, or rewind to catch a quip. Mild would probably be the best term for this, and I still don’t know how this deserved an R-Rating.

Three buddies, Nick (JASON BATEMAN), Dale (CHARLIE DAY) and Kurt (JASON SUDEIKIS) are all working class guys. Nick’s boss (KEVIN SPACEY) is a total douchebag, stealing a well deserved job promotion; Dale’s boss (JENNIFER ANISTON) is obsessed with sleeping with him [seriously, dude, she’s hot.]; and Kurt’s new boss does not care about the employee’s and only about the money. All three have one thing in common – – they want to get rid of their boss. They hatch a plan to hire someone (JAMIE FOXX) to kill them, but that plan soon falls short. Eventually they decide they should each kill the other’s boss so nothing would link them back to it, but that plan goes out of whack when one of the bosses kills the other. What a twist!

I won’t ruin the film much from here, but anyone expecting to see Aniston, Spacey or Farrell in a big role will be pretty disappointed. Only Spacey gets a meatier role, while the other two get a few scenes peppered throughout the film. At least for Aniston she is showing Brad Pitt what he’s been missing out on. The three main leads manage to carry the film quite well. I’ve never seen Sunny, so I am unfamiliar with Day’s work, but he seems to do alright. The film really sits on Bateman’s shoulder who continually shows that he can easily carry a film all by himself. Really wish he would get more dramatic roles instead of the typical Rom-Com-ish type films. Sudeikis is, well, Sudeikis. He can certainly come off as annoying, but I didn’t mind him here. Suppose that’s a good thing.

Overall, I’m still a bit shocked at the amount of press Horrible Bosses received. Sure, it’s funny, but it’s not something I would talk about the water cooler the next day.


Horrible Bosses (3 Disc) comes packaged with a matted slip cover.

Worth noting is this edition contains both the Theatrical and Uncensored versions on two different discs.

Deleted Scenes (10 Minutes; HD) – Maybe they should have called this “Alternate Takes” instead. As that’s pretty much what these are. Nothing good here.

** Blu-ray Exclusives **
My Least Favorite Career
(5 Minutes; HD) – Cast and Crew discuss their worst jobs.

Surviving a Horrible Boss (6 Minutes; HD) – Skip this. It’s just lame all around

Being Mean is So Much Fun (7 Minutes; HD) – The “bosses” discuss their characters in this, yet another, fluffy featurette.

Making of the Sound (6 Minutes; HD) – Wait, this film even had a soundtrack?

Also included is a barebones DVD and an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the film.

VIDEO – 4.0/5

Horrible Bosses is presented in 2.40:1 on a 50GB Disc. Typical Warner encode here. Clearly an improvement upon the included DVD, but nothing here really screams “So glad I bought this on Blu-ray!” Sure, seeing Aniston’s boobs and in sexy clothes in HD really does make most guys happy, but overall, aside from a sharper picture, this is just your normal run of the mill encode.

AUDIO – 3.75/5

Warner has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Lossless Track for this Release. Once again, as usual, does anyone expect anything audio-amazing from a Comedy? No. So you shouldn’t here. Nearly everything is given to the front speakers while the rears are rarely used.

OVERALL – 3.0/5

A decent rental, but unless you are in love with any of these actors, Horrible Bosses might be a tough buy at $20. For $10, I’d say go for it. The Blu-ray boasts average picture and audio quality, with little to no extras, so be warned.


Brad Lowenberg


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