BLU-RAY REVIEW

American Dreamer

Featured In Issue 246, December 2019

Picture5
Sound4.5
WSR Score4
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(Studio/Distributor):
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
56916
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Disturbing materiall, violence, some strong sexual content, pervasive language and drug use
(Retail Price):
$21.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
(Running Time In Minutes):
93
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
11/19/2019
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(Director):
Derrick Borte
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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In "American Dreamer," a down-on-his-luck ride-share driver, who makes extra cash chauffeuring a low-level drug dealer around town, finds himself in a serious financial bind and decides to kidnap the dealer's child. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the making-of featurette "No Free Rides" (HD 29:40), upfront previews and a digital code.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is impressively natural throughout. Color fidelity is excellent with accurate hue and saturation. Production design uses lighting effects to create a dramatic appearance. Fleshtones appear natural in the various lighting situations whether within a car at night, night scenes or daylight settings. Contrast is excellent with natural highlights, deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution also is excellent with very fine detail exhibited in facial features, especially close-ups of skin pores, lines, beard stubs and hair, as well as clothing and object textures exhibited in the locations. This is a very satisfying picture with excellent color fidelity and resolution. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is brooding with a deep, powerful bass foundation, with low-frequency extension to sub-25 Hz. The bass is an integral part of the electronic music score, atmospherics, and sound effects. Atmospherics nicely define the soundscapes, especially the vehicle's sounds, both inside and outside. Sound effects such as gunfire sound real, and other violent acts are accentuated with bass. Dynamics are also realistic. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with excellent spatial integration. This is a terrific soundtrack that delivers thrilling excitement. (Gary Reber)