The Bank Job (DVD)

The Bank Job starts out as a typical film of its genre, where small time criminals want to go and make that big score that will ensure them an easy (and early) retirement. However, the specific bank which they hit is home to a number of different objects that provide them with secrets about London’s upper class that, if told, would cause a number of powerful and well-known individuals a lifetime of embarrassment. Aside from being wanted by the proper authorities for committing the crime in the first place, Jerry (Jason Statham, fresh off “In The Name of the King”) , Martine (Saffron Burrows, from Boston Legal, Enigma, and The Guitar), and the other individuals that robbed the bank are being targeted by those individuals that originally entrusted the bank with their secrets. The 2-disc special edition of The Bank Job is what individuals need to pick up.

Sure, there is a single-DVD version of the film, but the second disc is what really makes the film stand out as one of the best films of this year. Aside from being able to have a digital copy of The Bank Job to transfer to your Zune, iPod, or any other similar type of device, there is a stellar commentary that ties together director Donaldson and composer (J. Peter Robinson, known for eir work on Charmed, Spawn, and The Obscure Brother) with Saffron Burrows (Martine). Beyond that, there is a featurette that allows viewers to really see behind the scenes of the filming of the film, as well as “The Baker Street Bank Raid” that [provides more history-oriented viewers with a little bit of insight into the events which The Bank Job were originally based.

The deleted/expanded scenes section allow individuals to better piece together the narrative of the film, and the presence of the original theatrical trailer for The Bank Job will give viewers further insight how Donaldson wanted the film to be viewed. The Bank Job is a compelling, intense type of story that is made all the more impressive considering that (with embellishments here and there), the events that are shown in the film actually took place in 1971 London. Where individuals may not like the bank robbery genre, Donaldson and eir cast make the characters into believable human beings, while telling a story that is too good to be true. Make it a point to pick up this film, whether it is in the single or double DVD set or the Blu-Ray version.

Rating: 8.1/10

The Bank Job / 2008 Lionsgate / 110 Minutes / http://www.lionsgateshop.com /

Author: James McQuiston

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