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Bank Job, The

Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 134 (Sept 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Jason Statham, Saffron Burrows, Richard Lintern & David Suchet

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features on Disc One of this two-disc set include a feature commentary track by Director Roger Donaldson, Actress Saffron Burrows, and Composer J. Peter Robinson; the following two featurettes: Inside The Bank Job (17 minutes) and The Baker Street Bank Raid (15 minutes); six minutes of extended/deleted scenes available with an optional commentary track; the original theatrical trailer; and previews. Disc Two contains a digital copy of this film for transfer to Mac or PC.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 23609
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Sexual content, nudity, language and violence
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2007
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/15/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Roger Donaldson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Terry Leather (Statham), who owns a small used car lot in London's East End, wishes to leave his shady past behind and start a family. When a beautiful former neighbor, Martine (Burrows), approaches Terry with a foolproof plot to rob Lloyds Bank, Terry recognizes the potential danger of the Job but believes this may be the chance of a lifetime. Along with a ragtag gang, the East Ender burrows into a vault in London's most popular bank. The contents of the safe-deposit boxes reveal a great deal of dirty secrets by London's movers and shakers. Now 35 years after the crime, with the government gag order expired, we learn what really happened in one of Britain's biggest and least-known robberies in which no money was ever recovered nor was any perpetrator ever arrested. (Stacey Pendry)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.32:1 DVD is stylized to match the time frame well, with desaturated colors giving it an aged appearance, and a color scheme dominated by golds and earthy hues. Resolution is quite good. Black levels are deep and shadows are delineated well. Fleshtones can appear plugged up, however, and contrast occasionally looks washed-out. There are rarely any compression artifacts noticeable, and edge enhancement is very minor. (Danny Richelieu)