Step Brothers UHD Review

3.5 Stars Yawn

Sony has released Step Brothers on 4K UHD Blu-ray to commemorate its 10th anniversary, but more likely as a tie-in to the upcoming Holmes & Watson hitting theatres this Christmas.

Step Brothers (2008)
Released: 25 Jul 2008
Rated: R
Runtime: 98 min
Director: Adam McKay
Genre: Comedy
Cast: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins
Writer(s): Will Ferrell (screenplay), Adam McKay (screenplay), Will Ferrell (story), Adam McKay (story), John C. Reilly (story)
Plot: Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become roommates when their parents marry.
IMDB rating: 6.9
MetaScore: 51

Disc Information
Studio: Sony
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English 5.1 DTS-HDMA, English DVS 2.0, Spanish 5.1 DD, French 5.1 DD, Other
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French, Other
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 Hr. 38 Min. R-rated Theatrical, 1 Hr. 46 Min. Unrated Extended
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: 2-spindle UHD Keepcase with slipcover
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 10/02/2018
MSRP: $19.95

The Production: 2.5/5

When two divorced single parents (Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins) get married to one another, their 40-something sons move in with them (Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly), with the two Step Brothers now sharing a room. Hilarity ensues, or not.

I have a love-hate relationship with the works of Will Ferrell. He’s a very talented and sometimes funny guy, particularly when he’s acting in someone else’s material. Some of my favorite performances of his are in Megamind, Elf, The LEGO Movie, and in a stretch, even Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, The Producers, and his stabs at more serious roles in Everything Must Go and Stranger Than Fiction. When he works from his own material (or material he had a very active role in developing), I tend to find this man-child very annoying in films like Talladega Nights, Anchorman, and Daddy’s Home.

Step Brothers falls into that latter category, despite the very talented cast, as I usually find John C. Reilly very humorous and enjoyable in just about anything he does. Watching two grown men act like spoiled children, pushing the boundaries of their new parent and sibling, saying some of the most obnoxious and obscene phrases to one another, eventually becoming friends and growing up (as it were) for over 90 minutes was exhausting, not from laughing so hard, but from not laughing at all. Not one moment was even remotely funny to me. I know others have called this a “comedy classic,” but comedy is often in the eye of the beholder. To each his/her own, I guess. Both the R-rated theatrical and unrated extended cuts of the film are available on both the UHD and Blu-ray discs.

Video: 4/5

3D Rating: NA

Sony has brought Step Brothers to 4K UHD Blu-ray in a new 2160p HEVC-encoded transfer with HDR10 that retains the film’s theatrical aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The results are an improvement over the now 10-year old 1080p transfer that appears on the included original Blu-ray release. Yes, details are much more defined, colors are more natural, and contrast is greatly improved with deeper blacks. But Step Brothers was a fairly standard-looking film to begin with, nothing really flashy or aesthetically exciting, so Step Brothers is probably not a movie most home theater enthusiasts are going to go to in showing off their display.

Audio: 4/5

As with nearly every UHD Blu-ray release from Sony, Step Brothers has been remixed in Dolby Atmos. The new mix is slightly wider and there is a slightly more natural blending of the various speaker channels than what could be heard on the previous DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track (which has been included on the UHD disc).

Special Features: 3/5

With the exception of including both cuts of the film, the UHD disc has no special features whatsoever. Those can be found on the 2-disc original Blu-ray release that is included in the package.

Blu-ray Disc One:
Audio Commentary with Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, director Adam McKay, special guest Baron Davis and music score by Jon Brion

Boats ‘n Hoes Music Video Editor

Deleted Scenes

Extended & Alternate Scenes

Blu-ray Disc Two:

Gag Reel

Job Interviews


Prestige Worldwide Full Presentation

Boats ‘N Hoes Music Video

Dale vs. Brennan

The Making of Step Brothers

The Music of Step Brothers

Charlyne Moves In

L’Amour En Caravane

Red Band Trailer

Digital Copy: An insert contains a code to redeem a digital copy on Movies Anywhere.

Overall: 3.5/5

For die-hard fans of Step Brothers, now is the chance to slightly upgrade the video and audio presentation of this “classic comedy.”

Todd Erwin has been a reviewer at Home Theater Forum since 2008. His love of movies began as a young child, first showing Super 8 movies in his backyard during the summer to friends and neighbors at age 10. He also received his first movie camera that year, a hand-crank Wollensak 8mm with three fixed lenses. In 1980, he graduated to "talkies" with his award-winning short The Ape-Man, followed by the cult favorite The Adventures of Terrific Man two years later. Other films include Myth or Fact: The Talbert Terror and Warren's Revenge (which is currently being restored). In addition to movie reviews, Todd has written many articles for Home Theater Forum centering mostly on streaming as well as an occasional hardware review, is the host of his own video podcast Streaming News & Views on YouTube and is a frequent guest on the Home Theater United podcast.

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Neil Middlemiss

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Nov 15, 2001
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Neil Middlemiss
Anchorman is a blast of brilliance if you ask me - while I didn't really care for Daddy's Home, I am a fan of the Ferrell films you don't like :)

As for Step Brothers, count me as a fan. I worry about any human that doesn't bust out laughing during the interview scene when John C. Reilly pops his head from behind Ferrell. Get's me every time :)

Appreciate the review, though. Comedy is far too subjective for me to give you too much of a hard time for not liking this one!

Ronald Epstein

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Jul 3, 1997
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Ronald Epstein
Sometimes I am amazed at the titles the studios choose to upgrade to 4k.


Aug 30, 2018
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Sometimes I am amazed at the titles the studios choose to upgrade to 4k.

I think there are a LOT worse titles getting the 4K treatment out there than this one.:)

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