There's a slightly meandering but still vaguely interesting Commentary from the Producer Dan Farah and a couple of the actors: Skeet Ulrich and Milo Ventimiglia. The most interesting aspects of this offering include talk of alternate versions of the script and cut scenes. They explain how they originally showed the true motivations of the robbers, including one of them having a wife dying slowly and requiring expensive medical treatment, and I think these omissions could have really made a difference and made the characters more 2D caricature villains in the final cut. I have to say that the Commentary is one of those where the participants are far too busy watching the movie themselves to actually contribute much, but if you sit through it in its entirety, I'm sure there are a few gems to collect.
First up we get Planning the Heist, a quarter-hour Making-Of Featurette which offers up all the usual promotional material, including a brief summary of the story and all the requisite interview snippets from the cast and crew. There's nothing substantial on offer here, but it's not particularly bad either, coming across as a nice introduction to the later Featurettes to follow. Crash Course focuses on the stunt-work, taking 11 minutes, primarily to look at the armoured truck chase sequence, which is certainly the noisiest offering. Again, it is not particularly involving, but it suffices for this particular film. Armed and Underground is the Production Design Featurette, a mere 7 minutes in length and looking at the dingy, abandoned warehouse setting where the majority of the movie takes place.
A surprisingly good Blu-ray release for what is a surprisingly bad film, especially when you consider the eclectic ensemble cast involved. It's a shame to see the likes of Morpheus and Leon stoop so low for a paycheque, their efforts wasted in a film that sacrifices initial character development and plot in favour of caricatures and plot-holes in the second-half. A visually and aurally great Blu-ray release, with a couple of nice extras to boot, cannot save this film for the majority of viewers out there who will frankly be disappointed by the lacklustre lead actor and the painting-by-numbers story, but will no doubt please any fans of the movie that there may be. Rent if you have to.
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