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War Dogs (DVD) : Review


War Dogs, the true story of David Packouz (Miles Teller – Divergent) and Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill – The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street), who won a $300 million contract from the US Government to arm American allies fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. After a few smaller deals (and a road trip to Iraq), they two decide to take on a much larger contract.

The film shows just how capitalism benefits certain people. It’s a film, based on a true story, of guys who found a way to work the system. And just how far they went to do that. And, rather amusingly, it’s a full on “Team America” tale, of war as a business.

Still funny on subsequent views. Watch it for the fun, or the politics. Either way, a good, fun story, albeit a true one.

Read the full SAMDB review of War Dogs.


Over all, the disc is technically of a good quality. It does what it says on the box. One movie, one bonus feature.

War Dogs is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.


Video is encoded at a high average bitrate. There are no visible artefacts on screen. Colours are vibrant, with no colour bleed. In darker scenes, blacks are deep, and maintain a fair amount of details.


Audio is presented in a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Dialogue is clear via the centre speaker, with music and effects pushing out the front and surround. There is ample use of the surround channels, used to expand the on-screen action, and further draw the viewer in to the film.


Navigation is simple, opting to save space on the disc for less compression of the main feature. The main menus has a static background image, with some music.

The scene selection sub-menu comprises of six still, colour thumbnails. While these are numbered, it does leave some guesswork as to where exactly in the film you are navigating, unless you remember the film rather well.

There is also a sub-menu for choosing audio language.

Bonus Features

There is one bonus feature on the disc, Pentagon Pie. It’s a cross between an animated music video, and a funny cartoon. Watch it after you’ve seen the main feature, as there may be spoilers and in-jokes.

There is a 24 second advert for Maltesers, which while short and actually amusing, can be skipped.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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