Baby Driver 4K Blu-ray Disc Review

Yet again sadly we have another written review for you that can’t muster a full fledged audio release. Unbelievably this film has been praised by mainstream critics while movies like 3000 Miles To Graceland get tanked. It is a popcorn movie and serves up no deeper meaning, it only exists to show off a melding of car driving and music preludes. Nevertheless we dive into this 4K release. Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.

IMDb Storyline: Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It’s a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Debora, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc’s plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby’s skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music?

Movie Review:
This is an action movie that follows an emotionless young adult who has had much tragedy in his life. He gets sucked into this crime syndicate because he tried to steal the wrong car, a car that is owned by a mob boss. We get many shenanigans amongst the criminals that are performing their thefty deeds and none of it is particularly interesting. We get a weak love story too with a waitress that works at the same restaurant his mother did. I can’t help but feel that the success of The Fast & The Furious franchise has ushered in movies like this. Simply not interesting and lackluster caring for characters. The cinematography, editing and choreography all works here though. So you do have that. This is a movie I just can’t recommend, it wasn’t all that fun, the characters are mostly annoying and the story is lame. The music which plays a big part is fine which is mostly diegetic which works on the whole. But…it isn’t near as good as many claim.

This is a good movie, but I don’t think it’s anywhere as good as many people have made it out to be. It’s the story of Baby (Ansel Elgort), a guy who serves as a driver for heists. He falls in love, thinks he’s out of the criminal life, but he is far from it. The acting in this movie is solid all around. John Hamm and Kevin Spacey are especially good. Jamie Foxx was good too, although his character was super annoying. The main protagonist is the music, though. Most of the movie is choreographed around the music Baby listens to, and although it works, at some points it took me out of it because it’s way too obvious. The car chases are good in general. Even though it tries hard to be clever, it’s a fairly forgettable film.

4K Disc Quality:
This is a satisfactory release at best. I just popped in the standard HD Blu-ray to compare and their isn’t much difference. Yes there is a small tick up in detail and coloring but nothing that you need for sure. Sony has been known to put out several mind-blowing 4K releases but this isn’t one of them. It does come with a Dolby Atmos track but almost nothing is gained over the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Overheads weren’t used at all, but the surrounds are pleasing, almost identical tracks though. The contrast ratio of HDR is again not utilized on this disc. This trend has got to stop! The difference between 1080p and 4K is minor in comparison with the HDR spec, which gives the MOST difference in the format, and if these Studios continue with this trend it will affect sales big time. DO THE WORK production companies and make 4K UHD with HDR the head-turning visuals that it can be or you will lose viewers of this format forever!

This disc has good video quality. It’s clear, with no grain, blacks are deep, but it really is nothing special.  The thing that works the most is the audio. This movie works around the sounds and music that Baby hears, and we get plenty of that. The surrounds tells you everything he hears and where it is. The music sounds great, as do the sound effects. Only the 4K has the atmos track; the Blu-ray has a 5.1 audio track.

Breakdown of “Baby Driver (2017)

Movie Rating  
BillChete:  4 (Avoid) Lady Phantom:  6 (Rent)

4K Blu-ray Disc Grade  
BillChete:  C- (Unworthy) Lady Phantom:  C+ (Worthy)

Average 4K Disc Grade