In "Ma," Sue Ann (Spencer) is a lonely woman who keeps to herself in a quiet Ohio town. When local teenager Maggie (Silvers) asks Sue Ann to buy booze for her group of friends, she decides to make some new friends of her own and offer her basement for the kids to party. They just have to follow a few simple house rules: Someone has to stay sober, don't curse, never go upstairs and call her "Ma." As Ma's hospitality curdles into obsession, her place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth. (Gary Reber)
Special features include a new alternative ending (HD 02:01), the featurettes "Creating Sue Ann" (HD 02:50) and "Party At Ma's" (HD 03:53), eight deleted scenes (HD 11:23), the theatrical trailer, upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.
The 2.39:1 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 in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The color palette is naturally hued, with the basement party segments nicely saturated. Fleshtones exhibit excellent accuracy. Contrast is well balanced, exhibiting deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is quite good. Object texture is finely detailed, which effectively enhances realism. Clothing fabrics are sharp and detailed. Facial features, especially during close-ups, reveal skin pores, lines and hair strands. This is a vibrant yet natural-looking picture with pleasing colors, detail, clarity and sharpness. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with, at times, a deep bass foundation that creates the sense of mystery and pending terror. Foley sound effects are in perfect sync with the on-screen motion. The music includes pop dance numbers and orchestral accompaniment. Both genres deliver a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to the surrounds. Atmospherics effectively contribute to the realism of the settings and production design, often with extension discretely to the surrounds. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with good spatial integration. This is a nicely crafted soundtrack that builds and builds with suspense and terror. (Gary Reber)