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The Town Blu-ray

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Extended Cut / Blu-ray + DVD Warner Bros. | 2010 | 1 Movie, 2 Cuts | 150 min | Rated R | Dec 17, 2010

The Town (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (13.97 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
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Digital copy (on disc) (expired)
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BD-Live

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region free

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Video 4.3 of 54.3
Audio 4.9 of 54.9
Extras 3.7 of 53.7
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The Town

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The Town Blu-ray delivers great video and reference-quality audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Bank robber Doug MacRay gets romantically involved with a woman who doesn't know he was her captor during a heist. This sets in motion a conflict of him wanting to leave the life, but getting held back by his friends.

For more about The Town and the The Town Blu-ray release, see the The Town Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Slaine
Director: Ben Affleck

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The Town Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Before I address the controversial, potentially problematic aspects of Warner's Blu-ray release, let me make one thing abundantly clear: The Town's comparable 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfers look great. Robert Elswit's chilly streetwise palette is brimming with windy Boston blues, skintones are purposefully withdrawn and altogether lifelike, and black levels are deep, evocative and foreboding. Likewise, tremendous respect has been paid to Affleck's every cinematic choice, be it his color timing or the stark splashes of light and shadow he brandishes from scene to scene. And detail? Closeups are teeming with crisp, revealing, magnificently resolved fine textures, the film's gritty veneer of grain is intact, and edge definition is sharp and natural. Yes, soft shots are fairly common, and yes, minor ringing is apparent from time to time. However, the filmic softness and inherent inconsistencies that grace the proceedings isn't a detriment in any way -- each instance traces back to Elswit's original photography, not some mysterious issue with either transfer -- and the slight, intermittent ringing that appears isn't obtrusive, never becomes a distraction, and was visible in the film's theatrical print. Moreover, banding and aliasing are MIA, substantial macroblocking is nowhere to be found, and DNR clearly isn't a factor. Make no mistake, if do-or-die videophiles relied on nothing but their eyes to evaluate The Town's terrific transfers, high scores and higher praise would abound.

Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. Rather than employ seamless branching, Warner decided to grant each version of the film its own encode; a decision I'd applaud if the studio hadn't then crammed both transfers onto a single BD-50 disc. Housing four and a half hours of film on a dual-layer disc isn't necessarily cause for alarm, at least not on its own, but those who make a habit of monitoring video specs will be shocked, upset even, at just how low each encode's bitrate dips throughout the presentation. Be that as it may, neither cut of the film suffers all that much. Crush is easily the biggest problem that rears its head -- heavy shadows, night skies, dark hair and clothing sometimes merge -- but it's tough to tell what should be attributed to Affleck and Elswit's intention, atmosphere and technique, and what may possibly be the product of an excessively compressed source. Even if the blame falls squarely on Warner though, the offending shots are few and far between, and brief and fleeting at their worst. Beyond that, the only anomaly that caught my attention was some faint artifacting. But it was an even smaller, less pervasive issue. More often than not, I had to actively search for it, and when I found it, it looked exactly like the trivial artifacting I've seen on a number of highly regarded, high-bitrate AVC-encoded releases. Each encode's bitrate may suggest The Town will be plagued by a variety of problems, but the results suggest otherwise.

Would The Town look better if it were given more room to breathe? That's the question of the hour, and the question that will fuel debate on message boards for months to come. Frankly, I can't imagine it could look much better, especially after listening to Affleck dissect each scene in the disc's informative audio commentary. Other than eliminating whatever crush and noise isn't inherent to the source -- good luck figuring out whether Warner or the filmmakers are to blame in each affected shot -- there really isn't room for any substantial improvement. Not that it will matter to anyone who's already made up their mind. Those who breathe and bleed tech specs will either go on a frame-by-frame witch hunt, attack the studio without proper cause, or refuse to buy The Town all together (without bothering to rent a copy and check whether or not the actual transfers warrant such animosity). However, those of you who judge presentations on their merits and shortcomings alone will shrug your shoulders, chuckle at the intensity of some of the arguments that arise, and wonder what all the fuss is about. Would a single, seamless branching presentation be more ideal? Absolutely. But when the results are this impressive, it's strange to watch principled purists draw such deep lines in the sand. Again, The Town looks great. Not perfect, but great. I walked away a happy man.


The Town Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

The Town also features two separate DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround tracks: a beefy 24-bit theatrical mix and an equally arresting 16-bit Extended Cut contender. Thankfully though, neither one requires a lengthy defense. To the contrary, both audio presentations are primed to drop jaws, bruise sternums, and engage even the most detached audiophiles. Brawny LFE output grants gunshots realistic resonance, collisions unnerving weight, and explosions deafening power; immersive rear speaker activity transports listeners to every dank bar, crowded street corner, bustling bank, noisy stadium and wind-swept community garden the characters inhabit; and the soundfield is as enveloping as it is believable. And it only gets better from there. Whether whispered at a streetside cafe, snarled in a kingpin's flower shop, or screamed during a botched heist, dialogue remains clear and distinct, and never gets buried beneath the film's ensuing chaos. Voices are grounded perfectly in Affleck's bleak Boston cityscape, and directional effects are precise and convincing. No flashbang superficiality or sleight-of-hand here; just top-notch sound design and top-tier sonics. Simply put, Warner's lossless tracks represent the high point of The Town's BD release, and will easily satisfy anyone and everyone caught in their crossfire.


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