80 for Brady appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a largely satisfying presentation.
Only minor issues impacted sharpness, as occasional wider shots demonstrated mild softness. Nonetheless, the majority of the flick appeared accurate and well-defined.
No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaw also remained absent.
Colors veered toward a fairly natural palette, with only a bit of the usual amber and teal. The hues felt pretty peppy and full.
Blacks seemed deep and tight, while shadows appeared smooth and concise. The movie provided the expected positive visuals.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the movie’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack seemed fairly ordinary. Not that this felt like a surprise, as a comedy about four elderly women didn’t appear like one that needed a big, engrossing mix.
The soundscape did pop to life at times, mainly via football events. Most of the time, though, the mix concentrated on general ambience and didn’t imbue a lot of pizzazz.
Audio quality worked fine, with music that seemed vivid and full. Effects offered good accuracy, even if they failed to push the envelope.
Speech felt natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. Again, this became a less than stellar soundtrack, but it suited the story.
As we head to extras, we find four featurettes. The Game Plan spans 13 minutes, 38 seconds and includes notes from producer Donna Gigliotti, writer Sarah Hoskins, producer/actor Tom Brady, director Kyle Marvin, and actors Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Billy Porter, Rita Moreno, Sara Gilbert, Harry Hamlin, Jimmy O. Yang, Guy Fieri, and Glynn Turman.
“Plan” looks at the project’s origins and development as well as story and characters. A couple of minor insights emerge but mostly we get a generic summary of the movie.
We get more about the cast from The GOATs. It lasts nine minutes, nine seconds and involves Gilbert, Yang, Hamlin, Porter, Moreno, Tomlin, Fonda, Field, Turman, and actor Ron Funches.
“GOATS” gives us notes about the four lead actors. Expect a whole lot more praise and little actual substance.
The Visiting Team goes for six minutes, 39 seconds and brings remarks from Gilbert, Porter, Yang, Hamlin, Funches, Moreno, Fieri, Field, and actors Retta and Patton Oswalt.
This one examines some of the movie’s supporting cast. More fluff results.
Finally, The Largest Comeback in Super Bowl History fills five minutes, 39 seconds and provides info from Brady, Hamlin, Field, Moreno, Fonda, executive producer Mike Covino, actors Rob Corddry and Alex Moffat, and football players Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.
Here we get a little about the football side of the movie. It doesn’t offer anything memorable.
Three Deleted/Extended Scenes occupy a total of three minutes, 56 seconds. “Pants” (2:09) extends a segment that already runs too long, so the extra material doesn’t help.
“You’re Still Going?” (1:11) gives us a smidgen more of Betty and husband Mark, while “Book Signing” (0:35) presents a couple positively influenced by Trish’s erotic novels. Both seem superfluous.
Less a film and more a concept, 80 for Brady boasts mild charm due to an overqualified cast. Unfortunately, the movie lacks coherence or intelligence and too often feels like a waste of talent. The Blu-ray comes with very good picture, adequate audio and a mix of bonus materials. While not as awful a film as I anticipated, 80 nonetheless seems pretty weak.