Overall, THE TOWN is a pretty superb film. Affleck, who nailed GONE BABY, GONE a few years prior, brings the same juice to THE TOWN, and with himself in the tailor made lead, suddenly made himself relevant again as a leading man after years of flying below the radar. Heís terrific as the likable Doug, playing the bad guy with a heart of gold angle thatís maybe old hat, but still effective. Of the two though, Rennerís the badass, as his dangerous best buddy. Heís a live wire throughout, and I never knew whether or not heíd just go off the deep end and put a bullet in Dougís head during one of the robberies. Yet, despite his edge, he makes his character a likable guy, and his climatic scenes manage to be simultaneously badass and tragic.
Being that THE TOWN was a box office smash, itís getting a double dip on Blu-ray, with the main appeal of this release being the third extended version with a darker alternate ending. Seeing it for myself, itís no wonder it never hit theaters, and its very downbeat next to the somber, but ultimately hopeful end of the first film. Otherwise, thereís nothing here that wasnít in the extended edition that came out during the initial Blu-ray release. As far as ďdirectorís cutsĒ go, this is pretty good, but itís not a game changer like KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. In its extended form, itís still the same film, and I actually prefer the streamlined theatrical cut- although all three versions are worth watching for fans.
Rounding out the package is a photo book , some faux-FBI profiles and mug shots of Affleck's crew in the film, and some cool rub-on tats which came in handy on St Paddy's Day.