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The Town (Ultimate Collector's Edition)
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Mar 26, 2012 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Ben Affleck

Actors:
Ben Affleck
Jeremy Renner
Rebecca Hall
Jon Hamm
Blake Lively

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Ben Affleck is Doug MacRay, a South Boston dwelling ex-con, who is part of an ultra-successful bank-robbing crew, which includes his unstable best friend (Jeremy Renner). During a heist, an attractive bank teller (Rebecca Hall) gets between the crew and their score- and from there, Doug becomes infatuated with her- following her around, and romancing her- all the while never revealing the truth about his nefarious sideline. Meanwhile, his crew is stalked by an ambitious FBI agent (Jon Hamm) while they simultaneous plan their biggest heist ever.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Its fitting that THE TOWN was a film produced by Warner Bros, as this is the type of crime melodrama that was the studios bread and butter in their infancy. Back in the thirties, THE TOWN would have starred James Cagney in the Affleck role, and either Humphrey Bogart or George Raft in the Renner part. I absolutely love this vibe, as theres nothing that gets my juices going like a hard-core tale of criminality and redemption.

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. Hes terrific as the likable Doug, playing the bad guy with a heart of gold angle thats maybe old hat, but still effective. Of the two though, Renners the badass, as his dangerous best buddy. Hes a live wire throughout, and I never knew whether or not hed just go off the deep end and put a bullet in Dougs 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, its 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, its no wonder it never hit theaters, and its very downbeat next to the somber, but ultimately hopeful end of the first film. Otherwise, theres nothing here that wasnt in the extended edition that came out during the initial Blu-ray release. As far as directors cuts go, this is pretty good, but its not a game changer like KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. In its extended form, its still the same film, and I actually prefer the streamlined theatrical cut- although all three versions are worth watching for fans.

THE EXTRAS
This version of THE TOWN is loaded with goodies- most, but not all, of which are carried over from the last Blu-ray. Alleck provides commentary on all three versions, although it's the same session, with new bits edited in where needed. Ben's Boston groups together multiple featurettes on the film, and runs about thirty minutes total. Finally, and new to the UCE, is A Director's Journey which is an honest exploration by Affleck on his role in getting the film made. Rather than stroke his own ego, Affleck keeps it humble.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE TOWN really put Affleck back on the map, as both an actor AND director, and between this and GONE BABY, GONE- hes 2 for 2. Cant wait to see his third film, ARGO when it comes out this fall!
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3:07PM on 03/26/2012

Cuts?

No dissection or even mention of the three different cuts?
No dissection or even mention of the three different cuts?
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2:37PM on 03/26/2012

3 versions...

OK, nice to know there are 3 versions of the movie, here... BUT YOU NEVER TELL US WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES between those 3 versions...
OK, nice to know there are 3 versions of the movie, here... BUT YOU NEVER TELL US WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES between those 3 versions...
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