New Blu-ray Releases Infinity War

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

This week’s Blu-ray column features the best movie of the year! And also Avengers: Infinity WarInfinity War is the big title here, so much so that there aren’t many other Blu releases to compete with it. That said, we’re also looking ahead, to next week’s release of First Reformed, the best film of 2018 (as of now). Also here: American Animals, an underrated movie that was poorly marketed.

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week and beyond.

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american animals opening scene

American Animals focuses on one of the strangest art heists in history. A group of college kids from wealthy backgrounds banded together to steal a collection of rare art books. Things didn’t go as planned. Now, you can watch the American Animals opening scene below, featuring the characters preparing for their big heist.

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David, Jeff, Kristy and Alan Scherstuhl discuss writer-director Bart Layton’s latest film American Animals starring Evan Peters, Blake Jenner, Ann Dowd and Barry Keoghan. Make sure to check out Alan’s review of American Animals at Village Voice as well as Kristy’s review at Riot Material. Lastly, David and Jeff conclude this episode with an ‘After Dark’ segment discussing the fallout of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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American Animals poster

On the June 1, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson presents an interview with Bart Layton, the writer/director of a new heist movie called American Animals that’s based on a wild true story.

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American Animals Bart Layton interview

American Animals, the new heist movie from The Orchard, spends a lot of its runtime on the fun aspects of planning a heist: costumes, the getaway car, and generally getting sucked into the idea that these amateur thieves might actually be able to pull it off. But then it delivers a harsh dose of reality, providing a narrative whiplash that makes you stop and reconsider everything you’ve seen up until that point.

What really sets this film apart from its contemporaries, though, is the fact that while they’re played by a bunch of up-and-coming Hollywood actors, we also get to watch the actual thieves themselves in interviews in which they reckon with their actions. It’s a fascinating piece of storytelling, and though it’s based on a true story, the film is the brainchild of writer/director Bart Layton, who directed the compelling 2012 documentary The Imposter. I spoke with Layton about navigating that tricky tonal shift, bridging the gap between documentary and traditional filmmaking, his characters’ sense of entitlement, the fluidity of memory, and more.

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American Animals review

(This review originally ran during our coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. American Animals is in select theaters today.)

Heist movies are all about setting up the illusion of clockwork precision, but every good heist film features at least one scene where the job goes horribly wrong – and the great ones often dive into the bitter consequences of crossing the line.

In that tradition comes American Animals, a compelling new heist drama from writer/director Bart Layton, the filmmaker behind the impressive 2012 documentary The Imposter. Here he conducts an interesting harmony between fiction and non-fiction, intercutting dramatic scenes featuring his primary cast (Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Jared Abrahamson, Blake Jenner) with actual interviews of the real-life thieves they’re playing. The result is a mesmerizing blend of narrative and documentary storytelling that would seem too far-fetched to believe if it was just another run-of-the-mill thriller. Read More »

american animals featurette

American Animals tells the true story of one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. When it came time to make the film, director Bart Layton decided to tackle the real story head-on by involving the actual people involved. A new American Animals featurette examines the real individuals and the true story behind the movie.

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american animals trailer

A new trailer for the stylish American Animals is here, showcasing the sort-of-true story about the most audacious art heist in U.S. history. Watch the American Animals trailer below.

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American Animals poster

Today we’re debuting an exclusive poster for American Animals, an upcoming movie that tells the amazing true story of one of the most audacious art heists in American history. Check out this slick new American Animals poster below. Read More »

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American Animals trailer

After seeing Bart Layton‘s 2012 documentary The Imposter, we were excited to learn what he would be directing next. We had to wait a few years to find out, but it was worth the wait: he’s back with American Animals, a mesmerizing heist film based on the true story of one of the boldest heists in American history. The first American Animals trailer has arrived, and this is one heck of a well-crafted trailer. Check it out below. Read More »