American Dreamer appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Expect mainly positive visuals here.
Sharpness appeared good. A few interiors could be a little soft, but the movie displayed nice clarity and definition most of the time. Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and I also noticed no edge haloes or print flaws.
In terms of palette, Dreamer favored teal and/or orange much of the time. These hues seemed fine within the visual choices.
Blacks appeared full and dense, while low-light shots gave us acceptable clarity. Nighttime shots tended to seem a bit murky, but not to a substantial degree. Overall, I felt pleased with the transfer.
Though not packed with action, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack accentuated the story. Most of the livelier moments related to “action” beats, so those managed to use the spectrum in a decent manner. Otherwise, the film emphasized quiet ambience and not much more.
Within those gentle confines, sound quality satisfied. Music was full and rich, while effects demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy.
Speech came across as crisp and natural. The mix didn’t do much but it seemed fine.
A featurette called No Free Rides runs 29 minutes, 40 seconds. It provides information from writer/director Derrick Borte, producer Scott Floyd Lochmus, writer Daniel Forte, and actors Jim Gaffigan, Robbie Jones, and Isabel Arraiza.
“Rides” examines the project’s development and story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, the production’s partnership with Old Dominion University and themes. We get a passable overview but “Rides” feels a little thin given the running time at its disposal.
The disc opens with ads for Tone-Deaf, Dead Water and The Command. No trailer for Dreamer appears here.
A tale of a pathetic man down on his luck, American Dreamer comes with potential positives. Unfortunately, it fails to exploit these in a satisfying manner, so it turns into a mediocre thriller. The Blu-ray brings generally positive picture and audio as well as a decent behind the scenes piece. Expect an inconsistent effort here.