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.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
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.
For more of this week’s releases, check out my regular edition of This Week in Blu-ray