REVIEW: THE TOWN
OVERVIEW: Enter the bank robbery capital of America when The Town arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD December 17th from Warner Home Video. Ben Affleck helms this critically acclaimed dramatic thriller about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope, and escaping a past that has no future. The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes an extended cut of the film which incorporates never-before-seen footage and many more special features.
SYNOPSIS: There are over 300 bank robberies in Boston every year. And a one-square-mile neighborhood in Boston, called Charlestown, has produced more bank and armored car robbers than anywhere in the U.S.
One of them is Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck), but he is not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. Unlike them, Doug had a chance at success, a chance to escape following in his father's criminal footsteps. Instead he became the leader of a crew of ruthless bank robbers, who pride themselves on taking what they want and getting out clean. The only family Doug has are his partners in crime, especially Jem (Jeremy Renner), who, despite his dangerous, hair-trigger temper, is the closest thing Doug ever had to a brother.
However, everything changed on the gang's last job when Jem briefly took a hostage: bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall). When they discover she lives in Charlestown, Jem gets nervous and wants to check out what she might have seen. Knowing what Jem is capable of, Doug takes charge. He seeks out Claire, who has no idea that their encounter is not by chance or that this charming stranger is one of the men who terrorized her only days before.
As his relationship with Claire deepens into a passionate romance, Doug wants out of this life and the town. But with the Feds, led by Agent Frawley (Jon Hamm), closing in and Jem questioning his loyalty, Doug realizes that getting out will not be easy and, worse, may put Claire in the line of fire. Any choices he once had have boiled down to one: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves.
film is presented in 1080P widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration
preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just flawless,
giving the film clarity and sharpness that only high
definition can provide. Not only the picture looks excellent in
this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio (48kHz/24bit) that provides a good complement to the
picture. Spanish, English and French subtitles are also include
in this release.
In terms of Special Features,
the Blu-ray includes a six segment featurette in which Director
Ben Affleck takes viewers behind the scenes of making of the
film. It also includes Directors feature commentaries as well as
DVD and Digital copies of the film.
On December 17th, The Town will also be available ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game consoles and it can be downloaded for rental or purchase on iTunes and Amazon Video On Demand.
It will also be available to rent via kiosks and subscription on January 14, 2011.
Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1 aspect ratio) 1080P
English 5.1 DTS HD/Dolby Digital
Spanish English French 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish and French
Ben’s Boston – an inside look at the film and how it was made authentically in Boston
o The Cathedral of Boston
o Pulling off the perfect heist
o The Town
o The real people of The Town
o Nuns with Guns: Filming in the North End
o Ben Affleck: Director & Actor
Director’s commentary: Theatrical Version
Director’s commentary: Extended Cut
SD Version of Feature Film
Digital Copy on Disc
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