Alpha Dog (2006) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Nick Cassavetes
STARRING: Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy, Emile Hirsch
RATED: R/REGION A/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Mill Creek Entertainment
Johnny and a couple pals kidnap Jake’s 15-year-old brother, Zach, then assigns his buddy Frankie to be Zach’s minder. They develop a brotherly friendship. Zach parties with his captors as things begin to spin out of control.
Movies don’t always have to be perfect to be fun and I find Alpha Dog to fit the description of a perfectly acceptable piece of filmmaking without being anywhere near being a perfect film. The movie dabs into a few areas with the crime genre being the main one taking center stage. People are kidnapped, things happen, and before you know it our somewhat likable characters find themselves well in over their heads and looking to try to save face and we watch as it just might be too late to do so. The movie has some tense moments and helps get its self on over with a solid cast. I saw this one when it came out and I enjoyed it for what it was and I enjoy it now for the same. It isn’t Pulp Fiction, heck, it might not even be Suicide Kings but it isn’t bad and it isn’t a waste of time.
Again, Mill Creek gives us as solid as it comes of a release if you are just looking for a good transfer on this disc. The bad thing is they also once again have not bothered to give us any extras with what we get either. This isn’t a big deal if you just want the movie but if you are like me and you like diving into a little more a film you like in the extras, you sadly won’t find anything like that here. Not a commentary, not anything. You do, however, get to see Justin Timberlake taking what was his first steps of shaking away his boy band image.
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 95%