In "Life Of The Party," longtime dedicated housewife Deanna (McCarthy) is dumped by her husband. Deanna turns regret into reset by going back to college...landing in the same class and school as her daughter, who's not entirely sold on the idea. Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the increasingly outspoken Deanna––now Dee Rock––embraces freedom, fun and frat boys on her own terms, finding her true self in a senior year no one ever expected. (Gary Reber)
Special features include four featurettes: "''80's Party" (HD 04:51), "Mom Sandwich" (HD 02:45), "Line-O-Rama" HD 03:02), and "Bill Hate-O-Rama" (HD 02:44); a gag reel (HD 05:25); 17 deleted scenes (HD 46:36); upfront previews; and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.
The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Leica Summilux camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The imagery is bright throughout. The color palette is nicely saturated with rich and warm primaries and shades of hues that are never-ending. The '80 theme party is most colorful, with outrageous costume designs by Louise Mingenbach. Contrast is excellent with solid blacks, revealing shadow delineation, and bright highlights. Resolution is good, though, somewhat on the softer side. Fleshtones are naturally hued throughout. Overall, this plays as a TV production in many ways, but the colorful scenes, especially at the big party, provide a lot of eye candy that is engaging. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack during the party scenes is nicely dynamic sounding with loud DJ music. The music overall is quite lively, with a wide soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. Surround energy also is heard with atmospherics and sound effects, as in a racquetball game. Bass extension is not artificial but generally natural in its extension. Dialogue is generally forward sounding and always intelligible. Overall, this is a lively affair with good fidelity and well-crafted sonics. (Gary Reber)