It may seem to a lot of people that an Ultimate Edition is a bit premature for a film like The Town, especially considering that the Blu-Ray was pretty loaded already. See the review of the original Blu-Ray release here. This one adds quite a few new tricks though, and fans of the film will want to check this one out. Of course, there may be some gnashing of teeth involved considering they probably just bought the other release.
While the release includes special features from the previous issue (see full list below), it has some new additions along with the physical goodies. The main draw is obviously the alternate ending. Alternate endings are always a big question mark when it comes to real value in my book, but this one at least has additional commentary that goes with it, basically explaining the choice, and the reasoning behind the alternate ending’s existence in the first place.
That’s a plus when you think about it, because right off the bat it means that there’s enough “ending” to it that it’s possible to provide commentary. Buyers are (I think) becoming hip to the idea that while an alternate ending sounds great, they often mean something that runs about 15 seconds, and changes very little. I wouldn’t want to spoil anything, but this is a pretty legitimate use of the word “alternate,” and the commentary provides some interesting detail.
Also new is a “documentary”/featurette, The Town: A Director’s Journey, which already seems like it’s overplaying Ben Affleck to a degree, even before you actually watch it. It’s a nice effort, and again, fans will enjoy it, but it feels like we’re being a little too serious here, and whether you love the film or not, Affleck isn’t exactly breaking through as the next great director of his time. Still, there’s a lot of great insights into the making of the film, and the entire process involved with something that is somewhat complicated technically. It’s also an interesting look at the wide spectrum of problems a film can run into, and Affleck is at his best going through the challenges of getting to the final product.
The rest of the special features are the same as the original Blu-Ray release, but the addition of the Ultraviolet copy is likely to be of value to many.
The release comes with a selection of physical bonuses as well, ranging from the sort of kooky all the way to a couple of items that will go over big with those who enjoyed the picture. The best is naturally the 48-page Filmmaking book, which comes with an assortment of images, including behind-the-scenes shots, and some script notes. As such things go, this is above-average. There’s also a poster-size map of Charlestown with included details about locations in the film, and it’s the sort of thing that is exactly as cool as you think it is.
Beyond that you get some “Film Prop Reproductions,” and unless you’re really itching to dress up with a rub-on tattoo, they don’t add tremendous value to the overall purchase. An FBI report, and mug shot cards may be mildly entertaining to peruse for a few seconds, but I’m not sure anyone is going to feel like they’ve been treated to anything here.
Overall, the film is rather strong, and if you don’t own it already, this is the way to go for a purchase. It’s also a great gift for fans you know, especially considering that the geegaws and trappings make it more “gifty.” I’ll leave you to judge the overall added value from the original release, but the alternate ending is something worth a watch.
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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: All new 30 minute documentary featuring director Ben Affleck
- – Director commentary on the Theatrical Version, Extended Cut and Extended Cut with Alternate Ending
- – Pulling Off the Perfect Heist
- – The Town
- – Nuns with Guns: Filming in the North End
- – The Real People of The Town
- – Ben Affleck: Actor and Director
- – The Cathedral of Boston
- – Theatrical Trailer
All-new Collectible Memorabilia:
- – Personal letter from Ben Affleck
- – 48-page Filmmaking photo book with behind the scenes photos, filmmaking and script notes
- – Poster-size 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)
The Town, Ben Affleck’s riveting drama about a Boston bank robbery, gets a brand new ending for its February 7th debut as an Ultimate Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD from Warner Home Video. Taking a page out of the theatrical release, which had its Boston premiere at Fenway Park, Warner will reveal the new ending at a one-time only special theatrical showing in Boston prior to the February 7th release.
The Town, which will be offered as a Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack with UltraViolet Digital Copy*, takes you deep behind the scenes, and onto the streets and into the gritty history of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Added insights from director, writer and actor Ben Affleck will be contained in an all new feature length documentary that details his personal journey with the film, and with 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.
Academy Award® winner Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting) directs and stars in The Town, which also features performances from Rebecca Hall (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Jon Hamm (TV’s “Mad Men”), Oscar® nominee Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Blake Lively (Green Lantern), Titus Welliver (Gone Baby Gone), Oscar® nominee Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father) and Academy Award® winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation). This critically acclaimed dramatic thriller is about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope and escaping a past that has no future.
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