Michelle Darnell is within the top 50 richest people in the world and many follow her. She teaches people to take what they want by any means and don’t look back. Unfortunately, she took a little too much and did a little insider trading. This gets her sentenced to 6 months in prison but the government seizes all of her assets. The only person that she has known to stand by her is her ex-assistant Claire. Michelle goes to Claire’s home for a place to stay and a way to rebuild her empire.
Ben Falcone directs THE BOSS with writing credits by Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy, and Steve Mallory. This is Falcone’s second outing in the director’s chair and I really feel like he has learned a lot since his last picture, TAMMY. The film just looks better overall and shot placement is well done. The Michelle Darnell character was created years ago at The Groundlings Theater by McCarthy & Falcone and not much has changed since. She still wears her turtlenecks at an uncomfortably high place and has a tough attitude. McCarthy is incredibly funny and puts all of her into each character but she is Darnell. There is never a point where you see the actress out of character.
Melissa McCarthy – Michelle Darnell
Kristen Bell – Claire Rawlings
Peter Dinklage – Renault
Ella Anderson – Rachel Rawlings
Tyler Labine – Mike Beals
Kathy Bates – Ida Marquette
The video is a 1080p AVC presentation.
The movie has an excellent transfer and well authored. The coloring is set at the proper saturation levels and they’re also life-like. Even with some of the brighter images being bold like the reds in the Darnell’s Darlings uniforms, they are never overdone. The details in the clothing make it easy to distinguish the types of fabrics used. The transfer also has an even brightness/contrasting that is part of what keeps the images in check. Even in the lower-lit scenes, the blacks are deep and there is no crushing or artifacts that I could see.
The audio mix is an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.
The lossless mix doesn’t exactly use the entire sound field but it is more focused on the dialogue and effects in the front speakers. There are plenty of scenes where you would think that the rear speakers would be used to convey the busy streets but they aren’t. One scene that contradicts the statement is the opening scene at the convention center and the crowd is a little more immersive but still a little light. The voices are clear with a nice midrange sound and some of the music has strong bass tones.
-Alternate Ending: This ending shows Darnell’s Darlings up against the boys group Falcon Rangers led by Dave Bautista.
-Michelle Darnell – Original Sketch: This is a recording of the original sketch at the Groundlings Theater.
-Origin Story: This featurette explains how many of the actors knew each other from a long time ago from the Groundlings Theater with interviews from the cast and crew.
-Peter Dinklage Gets to the Point: This featurette focuses on the actor and the character that he portrays in the film.
-Everybody Loves Kristen Bell: This featurette focuses on the actress and how the cast & crew enjoyed working with her.
2-disc set w/ 1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD
Theatrical – 99 mins
Unrated – 105 mins
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish DTS 5.1
French DTS 5.1
THE BOSS is one of the better comedies that Melissa McCarthy has done with her being one of the more popular females in entertainment today. As I said, she really put everything into this role, probably because it is one that’s more personal to her. The Blu-ray has an excellent video transfer but it is lacking a little in the audio department. The release does have some solid extras that explain all about the various characters in the movie, which is something that collectors tend to enjoy. All in all, this is a movie I highly recommend checking out or if you dig Melissa McCarthy, pick this one up.