Life of the Party (Blu-ray) (2018)

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Released 15-Aug-2018

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Featurette-2
Outtakes
Deleted Scenes
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2018
Running Time 104:48
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Ben Falcone
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Melissa McCarthy
Gillian Jacobs
Maya Rudolph
Julie Bowen
Matt Walsh
Molly Gordon
Stephen Root
Jackie Weaver
Case Standard Blu-ray
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 5.1 (640Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 5.1 (640Kb/s)
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
German for the Hearing Impaired
Greek
Icelandic
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Is Melissa McCarthy becoming the cinema equivalent of Netflix's stream of Adam Sandler vehicles? Maybe not quite yet, but she and her husband, Ben Falcone are certainly churning out a stream of movies, some of which feel just a little under-developed as if they are being churned out rather than crafted. Sure this film has some amusing moments and is amiable entertainmentfor 100 minutes but the story is pretty weak and some of the plot points not even properly explained. It does feel like it was a decent idea which was then rushed through screenplay development and turned out too quickly. Their three films together, this one, The Boss and Tammy have all received middling reviewing and languish around an IMDB audience rating of 5. These stand in comparison to films like Ghostbusters and Spy , which were better received and are certainly rated better by audiences. This third film, Life of the Party written by them both and directed by Ben Falcone,strikes me very much like the previous two, decent, sometimes amusing but ultimately forgettable. Even the copious deleted scenes make me wonder if there wasn't a better film that could have been put together from what was shot.

The story is pretty cliched but revolves around a frumpy middle aged lady, Deanna (McCarthy) whose only daughter, Maddie (Molly Gordon) is heading back to college for her senior year. As her and her husband Dan (Matt Walsh) drop their daughter back at college, he tells her that he wants a divorce and is selling their house to hook up with a real estate agent, Marcie (Julie Bowen). Of course, she reacts badly and decides to go back to college herself to finish her archeology degree, which Dan made her give up in the first place. What ensues is pretty standard "fish out of water" stuff for Deanna and "teenage daughter embarrassed by her mother" stuff for Maddie. Deanna finds a relationship with a younger man, rediscovers college parties and Maddie discovers a new respect for her mother.

This is not to say that there are no laughs to be had here as there are certainly some funny sequences such as a dinner with most of the main protagonists (although even this one is funnier in the deleted scenes). There is also a sweeter vibe to the film than some of her previous projects which have been a bit nastier in their comedy. Some other highlights are Deanna parents, played by Stephen Root and Jackie Weaver, supposedly based on McCarthy's actual parents and the funniest characters in the film. Other amusing actors such as Chris Parnell are really wasted in their roles and many characters seem to go nowhere in the film. It is worth noting that my wife got more from this film than I did, identifying with the character more, but still agreeing with my overall view.

Anyway, if you like Melissa McCarthy and feel like a gentle sweet comedy, this one is probably worth a look.

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Transfer Quality

Video

The video quality is decent but not up to the usual standard of Blu-ray.

The feature is presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio whichisthe original aspect ratio in 1080p.

Compared to other Blu-rays, this film is somewhat soft especially in some scenes. This is possibly due to the film going for more of a sitcom look than a cinematic one. As I have a new setup I kept thinking I had a setting wrong but comparison to other upscaled Blu-rays makes me think it is this transfer. It does not seem to be related to the bitrate as this hovered around 28 or 29 Mbps.

The colour is quite good without setting the world on fire.

There were no obvious artefacts.

There aresubtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired, German for the hearing impaired, Greek and Icelandic which are clear and easy to read.



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Audio

The audio quality is very good, perfectly satisfactory but certainly not one to test your home theatre.

This disc contains an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1, a descriptive audio track in Dolby Digital 5.1 and a German Dolby Digital 5.1 track.

Dialogue was very clear throughout and the film is very dialogue focused. Party and classroom scenes provide good ambiance in the surround speakers and songs burst into life.

The surround speakers wereused mostly for music and atmosphere.

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Extras

A decent collection of extras are included. They are in 1080i and Dolby Digital 2.0 and have subtitles available.

Menu

The menu is still and includes annoying music.

80s Party (4:51)

A featurette on the 1980s themed party in the movie focused on the costumes, hair and popular culture references.

Mom Sandwich (2:45)

A featurette about the characters being based on McCarthy's real parents and her mother's penchant for forcing sandwiches on people.

Deleted Scenes (46:36)

The most substantial extra on the disc, including extra scenes and different version of scenes included in the film. Very much worth watching as the scenes make some of the jokes work better and are generally funnier than those in the film. I can only assume these were cut to make the film sweeter and for pacing.

Line-o-rama (3:02)

Line variations and other jokes. Amusing.

Bill Hate-o-rama (2:44)

More jokes directed at the character, Bill from the restaurant scene.

Gag Reel (5:25)

A set of stuff-ups and on-set silliness. Mildly amusing.

R4 vs R1

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

This movie is available globally seemingly in the same format.

Summary

Another Melissa McCarthy/Ben Falcone vehicle comes off the production line.

The video quality is decent.

The audio quality is very good.

The extras are decent.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Review Equipment
DVDSony UBP-x700 uhd player, using HDMI output
DisplayLG OLEDC8PTA 55. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 2160p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5012
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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