'Max' [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]
(Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church, Robbie Amell, Joseph Julian Soria, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray + DVD + Digital HD / PG / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.
Blu ray Verdict: With a small budget of just $20,000,000, this incredible, heart wrenching new movie 'Max' had an opening weekend take of $12,155,254 (USA) and went on to gross (theatre wise) $42,652,003 (USA). And it fully deserved ALL the money it got for 'Max; is one of those films that you HAVE to see, trust me!
Simply put, 'Max' is a busy film, crowded with serious subject material that rarely goes for cheap nods at sentimentality while still being a patriotic movie that has plenty of heartfelt moments. Director and writer Boaz Yakin ('Remember the Titans') executes the touching material with prudent serviceability, and along with his co-writer, Sheldon Lettich, doesn't condescend to the audience, and, instead, infuses the plot with a surprisingly ambitious and revealing commentary about the experience and ensuing trauma of war.
When Kyle Wincott is killed in Afghanistan, his war dog, Max, suffers from PTSD. Max is to be put down because he has trouble listening to anyone else, until he meets Justin, Kyle's brother. Justin adopts and saves Max. As their bond begins to get stronger, a life-altering revelation transpires for the family, ensuring that both their lives will never be the same again.
Indubitably, the dog – a Malinois (Belgian Shepherd MWD) steals the film, but there's enough fodder for the talented cast of young actors to work with and leave an impression. Yakin has made a film that has youthful romance, family values, friendship, father-son issues and subsequent bonding, suspense with bad guys, and most importantly, a dog's love, unflinching affection, and absolute commitment toward his master. Young kids, older kids, anyone who loves dogs, and just about the entire family will get something from 'Max'. In closing, I implore you, please watch this with your family tonight. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
- Working with Max
- Hero Dogs: A Journey
Own it on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD October 27th, 2015!