Moms’ Night Out appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect a good transfer.
Sharpness appeared acceptably accurate and detailed. A wee bit of softness crept into a few wide shots, but the majority of the flick provided good definition and clarity. Moiré effects and jagged edges presented no concerns, and edge enhancement remained absent. No print flaws materialized; the film remained clean and fresh.
In terms of colors, the flick went with a moderately subdued set of tones. Hues stayed on the natural side, with a mild golden feel to things. Within those parameters, the tones looked fine. Blacks were dark and firm, while shadows appeared clear and well-developed. The image didn’t totally excel, but it was solid.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it offered a decent effort and not much more. Of course, I didn’t expect a dazzling soundfield from this sort of comedy, and I got mostly what I anticipated. In terms of effects, general ambience ruled the day, though a few sequences added a little pizzazz. A restaurant and a bowling alley opened up the environment in a moderate way, but they didn’t exactly use the system in a dynamic manner.
In those forward channels, the music provided nice stereo separation and opened up the mix reasonably well. There wasn’t a whole lot of activity or movement, but the effects conveyed a passable sense of space and place. The track functioned appropriately for the story.
Audio quality appeared fine. Dialogue was consistently warm and natural, and speech displayed no concerns related to edginess or intelligibility. Effects were a minor component of the mix, and they seemed appropriately subdued and accurate; there wasn’t much to hear, but the various elements were clean and distinct. The music came across as acceptably distinctive. This was a standard “comedy mix” and became a good reproduction of the material.
When we head to the set’s extras, we launch with an audio commentary from directors Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin and actor/producer Kevin Downes. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific chat about the film's roots and development, story/character areas, cast and performances, music, themes and goals, and connected domains.
On the negative side, the commentary tends toward a surfeit of happy talk, with tons of praise for everything and all involved. That trend aside, the track manages to offer a nice overview of the production. The participants seem affable and engaging as they cover a broad array of filmmaking subjects and make this a useful chat.
Five Deleted Scenes fill a total of two minutes, 58 seconds. In these, we get minor extensions to existing sequences. A few comedic bits show up but nothing substantial.
Four featurettes follow. The Heart of Moms’ Night Out runs three minutes, 56 seconds and provides notes from Downes, Jon and Andrew Erwin, actor/executive producer Patricia Heaton, wives Mandii Erwin, Catherine Downes and Beth Irwin, and actor Sarah Drew. We learn why those involved made the movie as well as how awesome mothers are and how important it is to make sure they know this. Yawn.
During the six-minute, 22-second Casting Moms’ Night Out, we hear from Jon and Andrew Erwin, Downes, Andrew Erwin, Drew, Heaton, and actors Sean Astin, Trace Adkins, Alex Kendrick, David Hunt, Abbie Cobb, Robert Amaya, Harry Shum, Jr., Andrea Logan White, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, and Manwell Reyes. As expected, the show looks at cast and performances. As expected, the piece comes with a fluffy tone that does little more than tell us how great everyone is.
The Art of Improv goes for four minutes, 47 seconds and features Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin, Downes, Astin, Drew, and Heaton. Like the title implies, we hear about improvised moments during the shoot. The same puffy feel continues here, but at least we get some good shots of the added lines.
Finally, The Art of Action lasts five minutes, 11 seconds and includes info from Jon Erwin, Downes, and Andrew Erwin. They discuss the movie’s big car chase sequence. More happy talk shows up here, but we also find some useful thoughts about the processes involved.
A collection of Bloopers fills five minutes, 36 seconds. It shows the usual goofs and giggles but also comes with some added improvised lines. Those make it more useful than usual.
The disc opens with ads for When the Game Stood Tall, Heaven Is for Real, Courageous, Annie (2014) and Soul Surfer. No trailer for Out shows up here.
While not totally devoid of humor, Moms' Night Out comes with such annoying characters that it flops. The movie takes a tired premise and makes it even more tiresome due to its thin script and obnoxious personalities. The disc comes with solid picture, acceptable audio and a mixed bag of supplements. I have no complaints about this release but the movie itself fizzles.