War Dogs 4K (Blu-ray)
SRP $29.99 2.40:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 WARNER BROS
 

Director Todd Phillips' War Dogs is one of the best surprises of 2016. It's not only Phillips' best film, it actually does a commendable job at walking that fine line between comedy and disturbing drama, without sacrificing complexity in either genre. Sure, it has Miles Teller(one of the most over-rated, undeserving actors to get roles in Hollywood) but even he isn't awful here! And that's saying "A LOT!"  Somehow, Phillips managed to get Teller to reign his propensity to chew scenery and just say the lines. Maybe he was doped up, but he's not awful!

Jonah Hill gives another great performance! He makes it so easy to hate his character while still laughing with him all the way.

"Based on a true story," War Dogs follows the ill-fated reunion of childhood friends. One is a Miami massage therapist struggling to get ahead, with a girlfriend just announcing she's pregnant. The other, a seemingly successful scam artist with some type of weapons contracting company. As things progress, we learn just how pathetically easy it can be to obtain government contracts and make exorbitant amounts of cash almost overnight. Of course, greed is often(but still not often enough)the downfall to many criminals and War Dogs lets its narrative morality(?)tale play out with laughs as well as shocking moments throughout. It's never dull and leaves the viewer feeling thoroughly entertained. Can't recommend this one enough!

WARNER BROS has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 4K release. The 2K DI has been up-converted and when compared to the standard blu-ray, included herein, colors are more vibrant throughout, but especially so during explosions. The fireballs don't flare into whites. Rather, they expand into oranges and yellows, appearing natural and realistic. But, even more impressive, the 4K handles brighter "and" darker scenes better than the standard blu-ray. While the blu-ray looks terrific on its own, the 4K provides discernibly greater depth in scene after scene. This is a magnificent looking 4K release!

The blu-ray and 4K release offer the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. Typical comedy mixes on blu-ray have always offered adequate but nothing special listening environments. "War Dogs" is decidedly different! The mix is extremely immersive, offering a multitude of engaging environmental effects throughout. Whether it's the whizzing effect of bullets passing by from one speaker in front diagonally to the rear, or the subtle sound of a door opening in the distance, this is a well conceived, edited soundmix!

The music is sensation, blending the film's score with great hits from Iggy Pop, Blue Oyster Cult and more. This is a sensational soundmix!

Along with the 4K disc, and the standard blu-ray, the only additional offering is a UHD Digital code for VUDU.