Thanks to the calendar-makers over at Warner Bros., I’m pulling double Blu-ray reviewing duty this week. You’ve already seen my rundown of Tuesday’s releases in the regular column, but did you know that two more worthwhile Blu-rays hit shelves on Friday? Yeah, I hate it when they do that, too. And normally I wouldn’t give two shakes at a pair of Friday releases. Then again, normally we aren’t talking about two movies I would definitely have in my collection, if I were you.
Ben Affleck continues his hit streak as a director, proving once and for all that there is a place for him again in our collection. With The Town, he weaves a gritty Boston crime story and fills it with great talents — a stunning performance from Jeremy Renner, the poise of Rebecca Hall and the domineering presence of Jon Hamm as an FBI agent hell bent on catching a tight-knit gang of bank robbers. It’s got good energy, a intricate and well-formed plot and plenty of action. It’s well-made, leaving a Blu-ray watching experience that looks and sounds great. Anyone who has seen and enjoyed the film will find plenty to love in the Blu-ray, with an extended cut of the film, six featurettes and some commentary. The featurettes, entitled “Ben’s Boston,” display a great look at the craft that went into this film.
Zack Snyder brings his raging slomosexuality to the world of animated owls. And he does so in a way that is so beautifully rendered, it has me thinking that this one splits the difference between Best Animated film and Best Visual Effects. Because it feels like a live-action movie, even though it’s 100% animated. It’s absolutely gorgeous and vibrant on Blu-ray. One of those nice reference discs that will test the limits of your system. It also includes a voice performance from Geoffrey Rush. What more do you really need? How about special features — lots of them. Several featurettes, a gallery of gorgeous artwork and the Maximum Movie Mode built to add value for the young movie fans in your house. It’s worth owning, to say the least.