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"Tower Heist" (Blu-ray)) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Josh Kovacs (Stiller) manages a super-high-tech high-rise in the middle of Manhattan, catering to every need of the tower's residents, including financier Arthur Shaw (Alda). When Shaw gets arrested by the FBI, Kovacs realizes that his staff's pensions, which he asked Shaw to invest, are lost, and when it looks like Shaw is going to get away with it, Kovacs pulls together a mismatched team (included Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe, and Eddie Murphy) to steal the secret stash of cash that the FBI suspects Shaw must have. The central character in all of this scheming is a gleaming Ferrari once owned by Steve McQueen.

Specifications

  • Universal Pictures
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG-13, 104 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.40:1
  • Codec: MPEG 4
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring : Ben Stiller, Mathew Broderick, Alan Alda, Eddie Murphy
  • Directed by Brett Ratner
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Innuendo
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

When a Bernie Madoff-like character at an exclusive New York high-rise is accused of swindling the life savings of the entire staff, Stiller’s character decides to combine forces with a band of misfit service staff to get their money back. Eddie Murphy plays Slide, a street savvy thief who will help them achieve their goal. Stiller and Alda bring their considerable talents to this action-comedy, making it both mildly humorous and interesting. The film combines some comedy with some intense action sequences that work right up to the end…but then fails to provide a believable ending. Does everyone forget how heavy gold is? Does no one on the street below see a red car hanging out the side of a sky-rise during the Thanksgiving Day parade? Still, I must confess that I liked the movie as it has some quirky charm. And finally, Murphy plays a character that he is good at portraying ala Beverly Hills Cop and 48 hours!

Technical

Picture and sound are exemplary. The musical score is bold and full in all of the channels. Bass has good punch and the picture was crisp with few artifacts noticed. Some details are lost in the dark scenes and skin tones sometimes appear orange in the bar scenes, but overall, this is a sweet BD transfer with a fine audio track in the mix.

Extras

Feature Commentary with director Brett Ratner, editor Mark Helfrich and co-writers Ted Griffin & Jeff Nathanson, 2 alternate endings, deleted and alternate scenes, a gag reel and Plotting Tower Heist. Being a Universal 100th anniversary disc,the complete U-Verse stuff is also included as well an opening montage from the deep Universal movie vaults. Happy Anniversary Universal! You have given us some great films over the last century.