Blu-ray Review: AMERICAN ANIMALS

AMERICAN ANIMALS was written and directed by Bart Layton and stars Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Jared Abrahamson, Blake Jenner with Udo Kier and Ann Dowd.The true crime thriller recounts the fascinating true story of four young men who attempt one of the most outlandish and bold heists in recent history that is still listed on the F.B.I.’s all-time most significant art theft cases.

AmericanAnimalsis the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. Determined to escape their predictable suburban lives, Spencer and Warren decide to do something extraordinary: steal some of the world’s most valuable books from a college library. Enlisting two other friends, Spencer and Warren meticulously plot the theft — but their caper takes on a wild life of its own in this thrilling film from writer-director Bart Layton.

Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk and Chas Allen are four friends who live an ordinary existence in Kentucky. After a visit to Transylvania University, Lipka comes up with the idea to steal the rarest and most valuable books from the school’s library. As one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history starts to unfold, the men question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives are simply misguided attempts at achieving the American dream.

Okay, Warren (Evan Peters) is the one who come up with the idea to steal a valuable book and even though Spencer (Barry Keoghan) was hesitant in the beginning, he finally gave in and hopped on board. The two slowly started to come up with a plan to pull this strange book heist off and ended up recruiting Chas (Blake Jenner) and Eric (Jared Abrahamson) to help them. This was also a huge mistake because there were some major trust issues. The most entertaining part of the movie was watching these four friends come up with this plan to pull this heist off and it took up most of the movie with the crime itself only taking place in the final act. The plan for the robbery looked good on paper but once it started going down all kinds of things started to happen to the four friends. What happens is, they got sloppy and ultimately got caught trying to pull off this crazy book heist.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc has a blue finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, American Animals ended up being an entertaining watch about this unorthodox heist that these four friends pulled off but ultimately got caught. Most thieves rob a bank or maybe a store but these young men came up with a not-so masterful plan to steal an extremely valuable book from a college library with plans to sell it off and cash in. I thought the story was really interesting and the cast did a great job with their flawed but likable characters. The casting was fantastic and Evan Peters put on a show with his wildman performance. I mean, these four friends are the villains of the story but you can’t help but like them even though you’re not necessarily cheering them on. Watching these four friends come up with this crazy plan took up most of the time in the movie with the bumbling heist taking place in the final act. All in all, this is one of the better heist thrillers to come a long in a while and it just happens to be based on such an interesting real crime event that actually took place. American Animals will be available on Blu-ray on August 28th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 116 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a never-before-seen deleted scene, featurettes, a director and cast commentary, a still gallery and digital copy of the movie.

  • Deleted Scene (02:51)
  • Featurettes (04:12)
  • Still Gallery (00:21)
  • Director and Cast Commentary
  • Digital Copy

 

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