Posted: 03/06/2012

 

The Town Ultimate Collector’s Edition

by Del Harvey




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On March 6, 2012, Warner Bros. releases The Town Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-Ray and DVD from Warner Home Video. For the occasion, Ben Affleck’s riveting crime drama about a Boston bank robbery gets a brand new ending.

With The Town, writer-director Ben Affleck convinced audiences and the entire industry that the quality work shown in Gone Baby Gone was no fluke. In this Boston-tough heist thriller Affleck also stars as Doug MacRay, just another Boston-born and bred blue collar worker with the unusual lucrative side job of robbing the city’s banks with a regular crew of local boys. These Southies rejects include his psychotic buddy Jem, played to the hilt by Jeremy Renner. And when MacRay finds himself falling for robbery victim Rebecca Hall, he begins to question his criminal life.

The Town is a fast-moving, fluid action experience given a concrete foundation with some gritty performances by Affleck, Renner, Hall, and Pete Postlethwaite as a particularly venal Irish florist and the boss of the robbers.

The Town Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be offered as a Blu-Ray & DVD Combo Pack with UltraViolet Digital Copy. The quality in this release is superb - as good as any shown in theatres, and possibly better, depending upon your home system. This release offers added insights from the director, writer and actor Ben Affleck as part of a feature length documentary that details his personal journey with the film. The Blu-Ray includes a never-before-seen alternate ending. Additional extras include a personal filmmaking journal with photos and notes, a detailed map of Charlestown, memorabilia from the set, and a personal letter from Affleck. Also included are film prop reproductions such as mug shots, employee files and FBI report.

The Town Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray Combo Pack contains both the theatrical version of the film and extended cut with alternate ending, as well as the following special features:
- The Town: A Director’s Journey, with all new 30 minute documentary featuring director Ben Affleck’s commentary on the theatrical version, the extended cut and the extended cut with alternate ending.
-Pulling Off The Perfect Heist
-The Town
-Nuns and Guns: Filming in the North End
-The Real People Of The Town
-Ben Affleck: Actor and Director
-The Cathedral of Boston
-Theatrical Trailer

Also included are all-new collectible memorabilia:
-Personal letter from Ben Affleck
-48-page filmmaking photo book with behind the scenes photos, filmmaking and script notes
-Poster-sized map of Charlestown with details on crime scenes from the film

Film Prop Reproductions:
-Rub-on Tattoo sheet with the tattoo from Jem’s neck
-Desmond Elden’s Vericom Employee File that the FBI obtained after the first robbery
-Four mug shot cards (from the FBI office)
-15-page FBI report (as held by FBI Special Agent Adam Frawley in the film)

Own in on Blu-Ray on March 6th, 2012.

To see trailers and more, please click here.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.



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