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G (Anthony Anderson), Dominic (Michael Imperioli) and Lonnie (Eddie Griffin) have been best friends for life in Philadelphia - and they've also been ladies men for life, too (well, maybe not so much for the semi-realistic Lonnie). But then the unexpected happens - all three friends have pregnant girlfriends at exactly the same time. As the trio struggle with love, careers and happiness all under the same roof - the guys have to grow up and become more mature if they're going to be good fathers, as they learn the ups and downs of parenthood.
Fun Fact: Star Eddie Griffin co-wrote and co-produced the film.
"My Baby's Daddy" boasts a 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer that looks good. The film has a pretty low key and straightforward visual style, so anyone expect near-reference quality stuff to show off their displays shouldn't. But this was a low budget film, and that comes through at times on the transfer - particuarly in its softness and how it can look a bit grainy. Still, the print used for the transfer is pretty clean and there's no edge enhancement. Color saturation is decent, but isn't anything outstanding. The fleshtones look good too, but the transfer has a few edge halos and heavy contrast, resulting in quite a bit of noise. The overall image is flawed, but it's quite watchable (the same is not arguably said for the movie, though).
The only track included is an English Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, and it sounds pretty good and fits the film fine. The film boasts a lot of music - particuarly rap and hip-hop - so the music comes out well here, and features a lot of thundering bass. Richard Gibbs' more traditional score sounds pretty good too. Dialogue sounds pretty clear, while the subwoofer gets decent use and fidelity is pretty high. The film has some surround effects that come out well through the rears - such as party crowds or the more slapstick moments which do help bring a punch. The track is better than I expected, and has a bit of energy in it. English subtitles, Spanish subtitles and English closed captions are also included.
There's a pretty robust Deleted and Extended Scenes section included - the scenes in total last around a half-hour (and could have desperately used a play all function). There are no explanations for the cut, as some of the scenes are short, but a lot of the scenes just hammer in points we already know or aren't needed. It's interesting to note that all the scenes are in really good quality full screen - I'm wondering if this was yet another Miramax film cut to death to appeal to a more broad audience. I'm not sure if it bodes well that the film was released domesticially in the month of January, either.
The Behind-The-Scenes Special is more like a promotional seven minute featurette. With film clips, interviews and on-the-set footage. Damon Roberts and Eddie Griffin recount their work on the script and Griffin's inspriation (apparently it was from a Dr. Dre album). We also hear from director Cheryl Dunye, John Amos, Paula Jai Parker, Method Man, Marsha Thomason, Anthony Anderson, Naomi Gaskin and Michael Imperioli who talk more generally about the film (such as the story, fatherhood, babies on the set, etc.) - and there's a lot of praise for Mr. Griffin himself, Dunye and the crew. If you liked the movie these seven minutes won't kill you, as there is some interesting comments here and there about the production and film itself. However, it's really nothing exciting.
Rounding the disc out is a two minute Gag Reel which is a bit fun and in full screen, and the usual Disney Sneak Peeks - which advertise other Miramax/Dimension titles plus the movie's soundtrack.
"My Baby's Daddy" wasn't a big box office draw, but probably will do better on the home video market. The DVD has an acceptable transfer, a strong 5.1 Dolby Digital mix and some passable extras, even if they don't offer anything truly in-depth. Those who liked the movie and who want the disc should be pleased - but at 30 bucks, they'll have to really love the movie if they want to own it.
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Featurette, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Gag Reel
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (17 Scenes)
Released: June 1st, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (For Sexual Content, Language and Some Drug References)
Running Time: 86 minutes
Starring: Eddie Griffin, Anthony Anderson, Michael Imperioli, Method Man, John Amos, Bai Ling, Joanna Bacalso
Written by: Eddie Griffin & Damon "Coke" Daniels and Brent Goldberg & David T. Wagner
Directed by: Cheryl Dunye