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Management candidate Nick Hendricks (Jason Bateman) has been logging 12-hour days and eating everything his twisted supervisor Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey) dishes out, toward the promise of a well-earned promotion. But now he knows that's never going to happen. Meanwhile, dental assistant Dale Arbus (Charlie Day) has been struggling to maintain his self-respect against the relentless X-rated advances of Dr. Julia Harris, D.D.S. (Jennifer Aniston), when she suddenly turns up the heat. And accountant Kurt Buckman (Jason Sudeikis) has just learned that his company's corrupt new owner, Bobby Pellit (Colin Farrell), is not only bent on ruining his career but plans to funnel toxic waste into an unsuspecting population. Quitting is not an option. These monsters must be stopped. So, on the strength of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con whose street cred is priced on a sliding scale (Jamie Foxx), the guys devise a convoluted but foolproof plan to rid the world of their respective employers--permanently. But even the best-laid plans are only as good as the brains behind them.

Video
Horrible Bosses comes to Blu-ray courtesy of a near perfect 1080p, AVC encoded video presentation with an aspect ratio of 2.40:1. The transfer features a high level of detail and slight film grain during more brightly lit scenes and a smidge less so during darker ones, but blacks are deep and solid during these scenes. The colors are rich and pop off the screen and contrast is steady throughout. I couldn't detect much, if anything, in the way of aliasing, edge enhancement or artefacting going on with the transfer and being a newly released theatrical presentation the video is free of any anomalies such as dirt or debris that might crop up on older or lower budget films. There aren't any huge blockbuster special effects to wow the audience here, but overall the video is about as good as you could expect.

Audio
As with the video presentation, the disc's main 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track isn't going to bowl you over, but it's perfectly fine for this type of film. Like a lot of movies that are of a lower key than the latest action film, Horrible Bosses audio mix relies a lot on the front and center channels with not a whole lot going on in the surround or LFE, though these do get used with some nice directional effects and heavy bass from time to time. Most importantly for this type of film is the fact that dialogue is always clear and ambient effects seem natural. Overall this is a perfectly capable audio track.

Extras
The 'Totally Inappropriate Edition' release of Horrible Bosses contains both the theatrical and and extended cut of the film on two separate Blu-ray discs with some nice but short high definition special features housed on the theatrical one. 'My Least Favorite Career' contains short interviews with a number of the cast and director Seth Gordon detailing some of their previous job experiences. Other featurettes include 'Surviving a Horrible Boss' which features Bateman, Sudeikis, Day and director Gordon giving tips on how to survive having a horrible boss of your own and 'Being Mean Is So Much Fun' which contains interviews with Spacey, Aniston and Farrell.

The rest of the special features are rounded out with a feature on the making of the picture's soundtrack and around ten-minutes of deleted and alternate scenes. Also included in the three-disc set is a standard definition DVD copy of the film and an UltraViolet digital copy, which allows you to download a copy to your PC or Mac and also have access to the film via cloud storage for streaming on multiple devices. A commentary track of some sort would have gone a long way here, especially one featuring the film's three main stars, and the features presented here really don't go much into the actual making of the film, feeling more like EPK features than anything else. Overall I was disappointed with the extras included, but they're nice and well produced for what they are.

Overall
Horrible Bosses starts out good and kicks it up a notch once Jamie Foxx's advisor steps into the picture, but loses momentum heading down the stretch. A major concete that you have to give into though is the fact that these three, very likable guys would actually go through with their drunken plans to off their bosses once they've sobered up. The three bosses in the picture are despicable people to be sure, but do they really deserve to die? It's not like they're serial murderers or offering kids free candy out of a cargo van, and even Farrell's character's plans to dump hazardous materials in a foreign country could be handled another way. For comparison's sake, Frank Hart was a much worse boss than any of these three and the closest he ever came to death was when Violet fantasized about putting rat poison in his coffee with the aid of some cute, animated woodland creatures. Whatever happened to holding your boss prisoner in his home with bondage gear and a garage door opener to get your way? Though the laughs start off strong and get stronger before petering out the performances are what make the movie. Bateman, Sudeikis and Day are all the types of guys you wouldn't mind hanging out with on the weekend and Spacey, Aniston and Farrell have fun with their roles, but it's kind of a shame that Farrell gets the least screen time of the three since he's the true standout of the entire picture. Overall Horrible Bosses is a pretty decent comedy that lands near the top of this past summer's offerings.

Warner Home Video's three-disc 'Totally Inappropriate Edition' of the Horrible Bosses offers two cuts of the film plus video and audio that are top notch, but the extras are of the light weight variety. All in all it's worth checking out with a rental at the very least.

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* Note: The above images are taken from the Blu-ray and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.


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