'Night School: Extended Cut 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray'
(Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Rob Riggle, Romany Malco, et al / 4K Ultra HD + Blu ray + Digital / NR / 2018 / Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Overview: When accidentally destroying his workplace gets successful salesman Teddy (Kevin Hart) fired, he can't find another decent job unless he finally gets his GED.
But two major things stand in his way: Carrie (Tiffany Haddish), a teacher with no time for grown-up class clowns, and Stewart (Taran Killam), Teddy's high school nemesis-turned-principal who will do anything to see him fail.
Now every school rule is about to be broken when they all go head-to-head in a wild battle of wits, pranks and lessons you can't learn in books. Night School is in session!
4K Ultra HD Verdict: Universal Studios Home Entertainment continues to expand their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings next month with the release of the hilariously funny 'Night School' in the 4K home video format on January 1st, 2019.
For my money, this 'Night School - Extended Cut: 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital' combo pack's sharpness takes a fairly large step forward from others in their 4K Ultra HD catalog and even comes with HDR10 (High Dynamic Range) for the complete 4K Ultra HD experience, of course.
So, what we have is 'Night School' presented to us as a two-disc combo pack with a sheet for a Digital HD Copy.
Other stand out points you should know are: Codec: MPEG-4 AVC; Resolution: 1080p; and Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1.
Featuring Dolby Vision and HDR10 for brighter, deeper, and way more lifelike colors, as with most all 4K UHD's, everything that we watch features these qualities - but somehow, this film gloriously shines within them all.
Noticeably crisper with the overall clarity receiving an obvious boost here on this release, what's more is that it's enjoyably noticeable. For as well as some new nuances to the somewhat drab palette courtesy of Dolby Vision we also get to witness sudden bright pops of color; like in most all Rob Riggle scenes, to be very honest!
Indeed, the picture enjoys the fruits of the added resolution in terms of bringing out the aforementioned extremely fine facial and some of the yellow graded material (notably some scenes, much like the scenes when Hart is driving along with his parking lot "tussles" with Haddish!) now have a kind of honeyed amber appearance. Which is interesting, and at least a little different from the 1080p Blu-ray accounting.
As for the audio, well we have: English: DTS:X; English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit); Spanish: DTS 5.1; and French: DTS-HD HR 7.1.
Overall, this is a very strong 4K HDR10 Blu-ray presentation, and, for the most part, the audio track remains fairly similar to its DTS-HD counterpart; with much of the action occupying the surrounds with outstanding directionality and placement where effects flawlessly pan between the sides and rears.
Phew! OK, so, as for the movie itself, 'Night School' is a wild comedy starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, and delivers exactly what you would expect from a comedy starring these two!
It peppers in plenty of jokes, some hit while others miss so badly that they can hardly be recognized as attempts at humor. There's such an eclectic mix of silly, sweet and ridiculous that's the result of six writer patching together the script. It easily could have been a disaster if not for the talented ensemble of on-screen talent.
'Girls Trip' director Malcolm D. Lee once again displays his aptitude for letting Haddish showcase her personality. She is equally a force when imposing her gruff edge and when showing her softer side as a no-nonsense teacher who leads the night school class for those prepping for the GED.
That's where she meets Hart's character, Teddy, a serial hustler in life who lost his sales job and now must pass the GED to begin a new job in finance and impress his successful fiancé.
Everyone in the night school class has their own reason for being there, but I question the logic of it all in 2018 because their desired career opportunities would be more likely to require a college education than only high school.
Nevertheless, Hart's classmates include a mom who got pregnant in high school (Mary Lynn Rajskub), a oddball conspiracy theorist (Romany Malco, who is hilarious in his limited role), and large man who is an even larger doofus (Rob Riggle), to name a few.
Give Riggle credit for his commitment. He consistently pours his heart into every line with the sincerest of effort, even the ones he must have known had no chance at eliciting even a chuckle.
Some of the other performers have more to work with but each achieves maximum laughs from the mediocre material.
The jokes mostly come from the most obvious places, which comes across as lazy writing. There's about three too many sight gags, one of which is admittedly hilarious despite being disgusting to point that it's impossible not to look away. The other physical humor ploys, including over-the-top comic violence, grow tired quickly.
The script hits the pause button on jokes, it unveils a heart beneath it all. These tender moments aren't exactly masterful, more like gooey to the point just shy of eye-roll worthy. But them credit for trying. All considered, this movie earns a passing score that could have been better if the filmmakers had just put in a little more work.
Anyway, that's that, for the most part, so now let's concentrate on the 4K Ultra HD's special features, with one of them being Gag Reel "Extra Credit"! Just as it indicates, this is just a bunch of funny footage that was deemed too much to keep in the movie, but Lord knows why as it's some truly funny sh*t!
Both the Alternate Opening with Commentary by Director Malcolm D. Lee and the Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Lee are an interesting look into the world of directing Hart, and another one is the Extended Performance "El Sueno" ... trust me, don't ask, just watch!
School is back in session when 'NIGHT SCHOOL' arrives on Digital and the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on December 11th, 2018, On Demand December 28th, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD January 1st, 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs via 1080p and comes with the aforementioned Special Features of:
Includes 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a digital copy of 'Night School - Extended Version'
Gag Reel "Extra Credit"
Feature Commentary with Director Malcolm D. Lee
Alternate Opening with Commentary by Director Malcolm D. Lee
Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Malcolm D. Lee
Night School's in Session!
Who's the Student? Who's the Teacher?
Prom Night Revisited
Cap 'n Gown 'n Giggles
Making of the Dance Battle
Extended Performance "El Sueno"
Amazon Purchase Link