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Blu-ray Review: Horrible Bosses

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At some point in everyone’s working life there’s probably been a boss they didn’t really care for. I know I can share a story or two, but presumably so could most people. It’s so common and a part of every day life that it’s really surprising Horrible Bosses didn’t come along sooner.

Directed by Seth Gordon, Horrible Bosses hits Blu-ray courtesy of New Line Cinema. This high definition release comes with a Blu-ray disc, DVD copy, and UltraViolet Digital Copy as well.

The film tells the story of three friends who all have to deal with hellish work lives. Nick (Jason Bateman) has to put up with Dave (Kevin Spacey), who is a manipulative hard-ass that wants nothing more than to make his employee’s lives miserable. Nick in particular has been turning in crazy long days and pulling double time in order to make himself look good for the upcoming vice president position. Dave realizes that and exploits Nick for all he’s worth, ultimately rolling the position into his own and in the process doubling his office space and salary.

Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) has worked at a chemical company for years under the guide, friendship and tutelage of a wonderful boss Jack (Donald Sutherland). When Jack kicks the bucket it leaves the company in the hands of Bobby (Colin Farrell), the coked out a-hole who hates Kurt, homosexuals, and cripples with a passion. Adding insult to injury is Dale (Charlie Day) who is a dental assistant working for the crazy hot Julia (Jennifer Aniston). All Dale ever wanted to be in life was a husband and now that he’s engaged his boss wants nothing more than to have a torrid affair. Julia is a nympho and continuously sexually harasses Dale at work and offers him raunchy sex. Okay, maybe not everyone’s problems are that bad.

One night over beers Nick, Kurt, and Dale hatch a scheme that seems too idiotic to be plausible; and yet it’s the driving force of the film. Basically they decide that their lives would be better if they killed each other’s bosses. Three homicidal brains are better than one, right? Well, not when it comes to these idiots.

The three fumble through breaking and entering, planting evidence, and spying on their employers while evading the cops in the process. They even get advice on how to kill their bosses from a gentleman named Motherf*cker (Jamie Foxx) that they meet at a bar in the sketchy part of town. As the story comes together there’s a hilarious series of events that brings about the ultimate climax for the film; and it’s fitting to say the least.

The humor here works and it’s largely attributed to the talent of the cast, which handles the material wonderfully. Spacey is awesome as Dave, Farrell slips into the role of Bobby a little too well, and Aniston seemingly has a blast as Julia. Bateman, Day, and Sudeikis steal the show, however. Witty dialogue and slapstick comedy are here in force, and naturally there’s plenty of toilet humor thrown into the mix. There are a few groan-worthy jokes in the film, but for the most part the comedy works extremely well.

Horrible Bosses is presented on Blu-ray with a full 1080p high definition transfer. The film looks fantastic with sharp colors, rich black levels, vibrant contrast, and real depth to the image. Skin tones are natural and up close there’s plenty of detail in fabric and pieces of the environment, what have you. There are many scenes here that absolutely pop from the seedy bar the friends head Bobby’s apartment with god-awful décor. A solid showing for the Blu-ray, and the DVD transfer is no slouch either. No matter which version you’re watching you’ll find plenty to be happy about in the looks department.

As far as the audio is concerned, Horrible Bosses doesn’t necessarily hit all the same notes of quality that it did with the video. The DTS-HD Master Audio English track is essentially what you’d expect it would be. This is a largely front-centric track with dialogue coming almost entirely from the front channels. The rear channels are used for atmospheric noise and bits of music. Overall it’s not a bad presentation by any means, but Horrible Bosses simply isn’t a very demanding film in the sound department.

Bonus features for Horrible Bosses are decent, but not too involved. “My Least Favorite Career” features cast and crew talking about the bad bosses they’ve had in their lifetime. “Surviving a Horrible Boss” is a feature with the cast members about making it through the end of a long day with a terrible boss. “Being Mean is So Much Fun” looks at the other side of the coin and the experience they had being jerk bosses. The remaining features here are a “Making of” for the soundtrack and a collection of “bleh” deleted scenes that are much better out of the film than they are in.

Horrible Bosses may not be a laugh-a-minute kind of comedy flick, but it’s an entertaining adventure with a trio of idiots out to murder their bosses. The cast sells the experience and the whole thing put together is worth checking out. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and the fantastic picture quality, decent sound, and passable extras round out a solid Blu-ray offering. If you’re in the market for a good comedy definitely give Horrible Bosses a look!

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