Nasty Baby appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The picture never excelled, but it was acceptable for SD-DVD.
Sharpness was usually fine. Wider shots tended to be a bit soft, but those instances weren’t extreme, and much of the flick offered decent to good clarity. Shimmering and jaggies were minor and edge haloes seemed non-problematic. Print flaws were non-existent, as I detected no specks, marks or other blemishes.
The film’s palette usually opted for a mild amber tint. Within that design range, the colors seemed passable; they weren’t especially strong, but they were okay. Blacks tended to be somewhat inky, but shadows showed reasonable smoothness. Nothing here did much to impress, but this was an acceptable presentation.
Don’t expect fireworks from the film’s Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, as we got a mix heavy on music and general environmental material. Even when the material broadened, it stayed restrained and effects could seem borderline monaural. This became a restricted track for 5.1.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, and the score demonstrated pretty good vivacity. Effects did little to tax my system but they were clear and accurate enough. Overall, this ended up as a passable mix.
In terms of extras, we find an audio commentary with writer/director/actor Sebastian Silva and actors Kristen Wiig and Tunde Adebimpe. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific discussion of story and characters, music, locations, cast and performances, and other areas.
Irony alert: the presence of Wiig on this commentary did a lot to influence my decision to review Nasty Baby. After I saw the movie, I regretted this, as I didn’t feel excited to listen to 101 minutes of discussion related to Baby. That said, I’ve enjoyed other commentaries for films I disliked, so I held out hope this track would prove to be entertaining.
Alas, that hope went unfulfilled. The commentary starts poorly, as the first third or so seems just as meandering and self-indulgent as the film itself. Silva discusses his bald spot, Adebimpe tells us he doesn't like to appear shirtless, and Wiig sounds like she wants to be somewhere else.
After the initial segment, the commentary does improve, as we get occasional nuggets, usually from Silva. However, the track remains fairly weak, as even the most informative moments seem lackluster. Given that the movie's dialogue was apparently entirely improvised, I suspect there are many interesting details to learn about the shoot, We get very few of those in this dull chat.
A Behind the Scenes featurette lasts 14 minutes, 21 seconds and takes us to the set. It lacks many comments from participants, as it instead shows us the action during the shoot. It gives us a decent overview of the filming process.
Next we locate a Photo Gallery. It shows 19 shots from the set. It becomes a pretty bland collection.
The disc opens with ads for A Brilliant Young Mind, Ricki and the Flash and The Night Before. No trailer for Baby appears here.
Self-indulgent and formless, Nasty Baby delivers a boring experience. The movie simply ambles along without purpose for 101 minutes and never becomes anything even vaguely interesting or intriguing. The DVD brings us generally good picture and audio as well as lackluster supplements. If there’s anything positive in Nasty Baby, I can’t find it.