American Heist appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie offered a satisfying transfer.
Overall sharpness worked fine. A little softness affected some interiors, but those moments remained modest. Instead, most of the film seemed accurate and well-defined. I witnessed no shimmering or jaggies, and the image lacked edge haloes. Print flaws also caused no concerns.
Should one expect a teal and orange palette from Heist? Yes, one should. Within those parameters, the colors appeared appropriate. Blacks seemed dark and firm, and I thought low-light shots portrayed solid delineation. This wound up as a pleasing image.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it suited the story. Much of the mix stayed with general ambience, but the elements popped to life fairly well when necessary. The occasional action/crime scenes used the channels in an effective manner and opened up the spectrum.
Audio quality worked fine. Music was peppy and full, while speech appeared distinctive and concise. Effects showed accurate range and impact. Nothing here excelled, but the mix fit the film.
Creating a Complex Caper: Pulling Off American Heist runs 25 minutes, 57 seconds and provides notes from producers Georgy Malkov and Tove Christensen, director Sarik Andreasyan, production designer James Gelarden, director of photography Antonio Calvache, stunt coordinator Gregg Brazzel, and actors Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Tory Kittles, Aliaune “Akon” Thiam, and Jordana Brewster. The show looks at story/character areas, influences and Andreasyan’s work on the shoot, cast and performances, sets and locations, cinematography, stunts, and related topics.
At nearly 26 minutes, “Caper” has the room to deliver decent depth, but it fails to do so. It mostly touts the talents of all involved, so while we get a smattering of decent details, we don’t learn a lot.
The disc opens with ads for The Forger, Tracers, The Bank Job, Child 44 and Houdini. No trailer for Heist appears here.
Viewers may get a sense of déjà vu as they watch American Heist. It cribs so much from other, better movies that it never develops its own identity or becomes interesting. The Blu-ray offers good picture and audio along with a mediocre behind the scenes featurette. Heist turns into a slow, forgettable 95 minutes.