Blu-ray Review: WAR DOGS

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WAR DOGS was directed by Todd Phillips from a screenplay by Stephen Chin, Todd Phillips, and Jason Smilovic, based on the Rolling Stone article titled “Arms and the Dudes,” by Guy Lawson. The film stars Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Barry Livingston, Shaun Toub, Kevin Pollak, and Bradley Cooper.

Based on a true story, War Dogs follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.

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I think most of us have had a friend at some point in our lives who talked us into doing something stupid that we would later regret and this is exactly the case right here except it’s taken to the extreme. David Packouz lets his old friend smooth talk him into a partnership that ultimately gets both of them in big trouble. Efraim has become a small time arms dealer who promises David some big bucks and he delivers in the beginning but some life threatening insanity ends up coming along with it. What happens is, the two land a $300 million dollar deal to supply Afghan forces but they have a few setbacks along the way. They also work with a few shady people to get the job done and this is also what forces them into early retirement. David and Efraim also get to serve a little probation and jail time for this but David comes out way better than Efraim who pretty much gets what he deserves. The two frenemies definitely have an action-packed adventure and make a lot of money in arms dealing but they also pay a heavy price for getting in way over their heads.

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The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc has a red tint to it and only includes the movie title. 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, War Dogs ended up being so much better than I thought it was going to be, and to think, this really happened! Todd Phillips has directed some of my favorite comedies over the years and his latest offering is sort of a departure from what we’re used to getting. This one is more story and character driven plus it has some action scenes that replace some of the slapstick humor that were used to getting. It still has some humor but it’s more situational comedy instead of cheap gags. Leave it to Jonah Hill and his language to help with the laughs. War Dogs is closer to The Hangover movies than Road Trip and Old School, if that helps some. It’s still a fun movie that features some great performances (and a cameo) that’s mixed with some elements of danger. The Blu-ray releases on November 22nd and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 114 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French DD 5.1 / Spanish DD 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, a second featurette that focuses on the real David Packouz who shares a few stories about this wild adventure he got himself into. There’s also a funny animated music video and a digital copy of the movie.

  • General Phillips: Boots on the Ground (08:38)
  • War Dogs: Access Granted (10:08)
  • Pentagon Pie (02:49)
  • Digital HD Copy
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