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Patriots Day (DVD) : Review


The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

With an all-star cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon), Kevin Bacon (R.I.P.D), John Goodman (Kong: Skull Island, Ratchet & Clank), J.K. Simmons (The Accountant, La La Land) and Michelle Monaghan (Pixels), this is one feature that includes a great deal of talent, while dealing with an emotional subject.

With events portrayed in the film still fresh in the memories of many, the film can still evoke a fair amount of emotion, and therefore the re-watch value is currently rather high.

Read the full SAMDB review of Patriots Day.


Overall, the disc is of a decent quality, technically, with a really good main feature. It does however lack any bonus features of any sort.

Patriots Day is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.


Video is encoded at a high average bitrate. There are now visible artefacts on screen. Colours are vibrant, where applicable, with no colour bleed. In the darker scenes of the third act, the film maintains detail in the darker areas, with a good deal of contrast, as needed.

Viewers with the appropriate hardware or software, could scale up to a larger, or higher resolution screen, should they wish.


Audio is encoded at a high average bitrate, with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. Dialogue is clear via the centre channel, with the front channels carrying the bulk of the on-screen action. The surround channels receive a fair amount of use, especially in the scenes in the first and third act, where there is a lot of action, with explosions and gunfire.


Navigation is simple, and easy to follow. The disc loads directly into the main menu, with a navigation bar that offers options to play the main feature, scene selection, and audio.

The scene selection sub-menu contains ten desaturated, still thumbnails. These are rather small, and would make navigating to a specific point in the film difficult, with a fair amount of guesswork involved.

The audio sub-menu offers options for Dolby Surround or Dolby Stereo.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus features on the disc. Not even the usual trailers that many disc have, that autoplay at the beginning of the disc.


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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