Good Boys Blu-ray review

Nov 11, 2019- Permalink

If you’ve ever watched a raunchy Seth Rogen comedy like Superbad or Sausage Party and thought, “What this movie needs is some 12-year-olds saying the same lines”, then Good Boys is the movie for you. Max (Jacob Tremblay), Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) are the titular tweens. They find themselves invited to a “kissing party” and, lacking experience, get involved in a series of exploits on their way to greater knowledge. Universal Home Entertainment has now released it for your home collection. I had a chance to review the Blu-ray combo pack, which comes with a DVD and a digital code.

The 1080p AVC encoded video presentation is in the theatrical release’s 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The image has great clarity and detail, whether it’s the pores of the stars or the textiles and environmental surfaces. The colour palette is vivid, while black levels are quite deep. No real compression artifacts or digital noise detract from the imagery.

On the audio side, your ears have the choice of an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, an English descriptive audio Dolby Digital 2.0 track and Spanish and French Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available in English SDH, Spanish and French. This isn’t an action flick that gives your surround sound system a true workout. Much of the soundscape is prioritized to the front speakers, though there is some ambient surround usage when it really helps. Low frequencies are used sparingly. The dialogue is clean and centred.

On the extras side, the Blu-ray combo pack also comes with a DVD copy and a Movies Anywhere digital code. There’s an alternate ending, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, commentary by director/writer Gene Stupnitsky and his co-writer Lee Eisenberg. There’s also a small selection of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Good Boys is an R-rated raunchy comedy that’s definitely not aimed at the whole family, despite its young stars. If you’re a fan of the raunchier end of Seth Rogen’s cinematic oeuvre, then you’ll probably make a home for Good Boys in your collection.