Tower Block

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Best of WB: 20 Film Collection – Comedy A Night at the Opera, Stage Door, Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Long Long Trailer, The Great Race, Blazing Saddles, The In-Laws, Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Risky Business, The Goonies, Spies Like Us, Beetlejuice, Grumpy Old Men, Ace Venture: Pet Detective, Analyze This, Wedding Crashers, The Hangover Warner Bros. has been releasing various box sets to celebrate various anniversaries, genres and talents (including musicals, gangsters and Clint Eastwood), and as is often the case with collections there’s inevitably a mix of good and bad. Their comedy collection manages a coup of sorts though by featuring almost nothing but fantastically funny films. (Sorry Analyze This.) The discs are in sleeved pages along with brief info on each movie, and each of the films include whatever extras previous releases had. [DVD extras: Multiple extra features]


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The residents of the Serenity House highrise are in a rough patch. Most of them are broke, the building’s meaner occupants are threatening and extorting the rest and now the owner is evicting everyone so the tower can be demolished. Crime in the building is at an all time high too with the most recent incident leading to the death of a young man while his neighbors listened in fear from behind their own locked doors in an ode to Kitty Genovese. As the final days wind down and the residents prepare to move only one floor remains occupied. And then the shooting starts. A sniper with a high powered rifle begins picking people off through exposed windows, and when they try to flee they find the elevators unresponsive, booby trapped doors and the exterior stairwells open to gunfire. Men, women and children are all fair game to the faceless killer, but a handful of them survive and make it to the hallway as a temporary refuge. Now it’s up to these formerly distant neighbors to work together with the hope of escaping the mysterious gunman’s sights. Tower Block sets an improbable premise for itself as it really wouldn’t be all that difficult to avoid a sniper located on just one side of a building, but it still manages to find suspense with the actions of and towards its eclectic group of neighbors and personalities.


Tower Block Trailer

Remember last week, when we implored our readership to just stop adopting feral children? Now we must request that you all just stop living in massive apartment buildings. Nothing good is happening there. As our pals over at /Film note, we’ve had a hearty smattering of films that center on bad things happening in huge apartment buildings cropping up lately (they name The Raid, Dredd, and Attack the Block, but SXSW favorite Citadel should also be included here), and now they’ll be joined by Tower Block. The British film is set in a giant apartment building (of all places!) and centers on a small group of residents who suddenly find themselves being picked off by a sniper located somewhere outside the building who is firing at them through their windows. The film’s first trailer also lets on that some sort of brutal attack has recently killed off a young resident, and the film’s synopsis reveals that Tower Block has such a slim cast because the building is in the middle of a mass eviction. Sounds like a lot of tension! Take a look at the first trailer after the break.

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