Bad Moms (Blu-ray) (2016)

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Due Out for Sale 23-Nov-2016

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Deleted Scenes
Outtakes
Interviews-Cast
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2016
Running Time 100:32
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jon Lucas
Scott Moore
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Mila Kunis
Christina Applegate
Kathryn Hahn
Kristen Bell
Jada Pinkett Smith
Annie Mumolo
Case ?
RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Descriptive Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Well, it is about time that the subject of mothers, their frantic rushing around, constant hassles and frustrations were the subject of a movie comedy. Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate star in this comedy, Bad Moms, which will certainly ring true for many mothers in our modern world. It hits upon many of the challenges that mothers face including the endless running around to take kids to the next activity, the power moms who want to control everything whether it be at school or other settings, the guilt over feeling like they have missed something for their kids, nutrition, not getting time for themselves and sometimes lack of support from spouses. There are certainly a few good laughs to be had in this film but overall it feels uneven with an odd mixture of gross out and other comedy styles. Despite its US R rating and local MA15+ plus middling reviews, it did well at the box office hitting $179m worldwide on a $20m budget.

     Mila Kunis stars as Amy, a very busy mom with a part time job at a hip new coffee company, two kids in their early teens and a slacker husband to contend with. Added to this is the ongoing demands of the PTA president at her kids’ school, Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) who controls most aspects of school life. Gwendolyn is supported by two other moms who form her control committee, Stacy (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Vicky (Annie Mumolo). As Amy's stresses mount up, she becomes more and more agitated, whether it be due to her annoying boss, her useless husband, her injured dog or just getting coffee or lunch all over herself. One day she snaps, being summoned to attend another PTA meeting about what is allowed in cakes for the bake sale, and decides she won't put up with it any more. Walking out of the meeting and straight into a bar, she meets up with two other moms, Carla (Kathryn Hahn), a slutty single mom and Kiki, (Kristen Bell) a downtrodden housewife with four kids. They decide to work together to try and unseat Gwendolyn as the PTA president, resulting in various types of payback from Gwendolyn.

     The film has its funny moments but there are also stretches which don't really work. It feels like what could be a really funny film about the challenges of motherhood has been combined with Hangover IV, which I suppose we should expect considering the film was written and directed by the guys who started the Hangover series. Regardless there is fun to be had despite the unevenness and the clichéd plot. The premise is interesting, the pace moves along well, the leading ladies are all fun and the rest of the production is what you would expect from a recent studio product.

     Worth a look for those who are interested in the premise but probably doesn't really have rewatch potential.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The video is very good without setting the world on fire. It is pretty much what you would expect from a recent Blu-ray transfer without anything to make it stand out. The colour and sharpness are good and there are no obvious artefacts. It is 1080p framed at 2.35:1 which is the OAR. Basically, nothing to report except what you would expect.

     There are English for the hearing impaired subtitles available which are clear and easy to read.

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Audio

     The audio is also very good, in DTS HD-MA 5.1 with the option of an Audio Descriptive track as well. There is nice separation, good use of the surrounds especially in the party scenes and the music used sounds great. The dialogue is a little hard to make out at times. Does everything you would expect for a lossless soundtrack on this style of film.

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Extras

     Three extras which are decent.

Menu

     The menu features music.

Deleted Scenes (16:36)

     Not really deleted scenes, more just other ad-libbed comedic options from the various cast members. Some laughs but nothing really added to the story.

Gag Reel (2:59)

     On set jokes, silliness and mess-ups. Again some laughs.

Mom Interviews (2:59, 3:59, 4:29, 4:29, 3:45, 4:28)

     Interviews with the main six cast members and their mothers which are used in the final credits. These are probably the highlight of the extras as they can be quite amusing as the mothers talk about what their daughters got up to as kids including Mila Kunis' family moving from Russia when she was small. Well worth watching.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This film is available in the US in the same format except that it include a DTS HD-MA 7.1 track instead of the 5.1. Personally it seems like overkill for this style of film but the US version wins by a nose.

Summary

    A sporadically funny but uneven comedy about mothers.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are decent.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, November 21, 2016
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DVDPanasonic DMR-PWT500, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
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