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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Town Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review

The Town Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review

Synopsis: Ben Affleck follows his acclaimed Gone Baby Gone directorial debut by directing, co-writing and starring in a taut thriller about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope and escaping a past that has no future. He plays Doug MacRay, leader of a Boston bank robber gang but not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. When Doug falls into a passionate romance with the bank manager (Rebecca Hall) briefly taken hostage in their last heist, he wants out of this life and out of the town. As the Feds close in and the crew questions his loyalty, he has one of two choices: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves. Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper also star.

Review: The Town is the second film directed by Ben Affleck.  Its an adaptation of Chuck Hogan's "Prince of Thieves".  Affleck not only directs, but stars as a major player as well.   This film, set in a tough Boston neighborhood, brings Affleck back to his roots and what he knows best...and it shows.

The film is basically a movie about generations of criminals and how one many tries to find his way out.  Its gritty, intense and action-packed.  The heists are fantastic and the subject material is taken very seriously.  This is a phenominal second attempt by Affleck.  I hope he sticks to a very serious genre with his filmmaking, he does well.

The special features include a theatrical version plus extended cut not seen in theaters, Commentary on both versions by Ben Affleck, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 on both versions; French Dolby 5.1 and Spanish Dolby 5.1 on theatrical version only, Ben's Boston: Actor-director Ben Affleck takes you through the moviemaking process in his hometown. Segments include: The Cathedral of Boston; Nuns with Guns: Filming in the North End; Pulling Off the Perfect Heist; The Town: and more

Interest Range: Action / Adventure, Drama, Crime