Blu-ray, DVD Release: Tower Heist

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.98
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Tower HeistComedy movie Tower Heist is packed with acting punch, starring an ensemble cast including Ben Stiller (Little Fockers), Eddie Murphy (Beverly Hills Cop), Casey Affleck (The Killer Inside Me), Alan Alda (M*A*S*H) and Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), all helmed, of course, by funny film guru Brett Ratner (Rush Hour series).

In the film, Stiller plays the manager of New York’s most expensive and luxurious condominium building. When their wealthiest resident, investment advisor Arthur Shaw (Alda), is arrested, Stiller discovers that the Tower staff’s retirement fund which Shaw had invested is now gone. Stiller gathers a team of helpers (Affleck, Broderick, Murphy, Michael Pena of Battle: Los Angeles and Precious‘ Gabourey Sidibe) to steal their money back.

Judd Hirsch (TV’s Damages), Tea Leoni (Jurassic Park III) and Stephen Henderson (TV’s Law & Order) also star in the PG-13 movie.

Tower Heist grossed a tidy $76 million in theaters to decent reviews from critics, who pretty much agree that, sure the film is schlocky, but it does its job to deliver the laughs. The Atlantic critic Robert Levin also said the movie is “a surprisingly effective social drama,” given the current state of the economy and the Occupy Movement.

Both the DVD and Blu-ray are packed with special features:

  • two alternate endings
  • deleted and alternate scenes
  • gag reel
  • featurette “Plotting Tower Heist” about the movie’s development, production, special effects and what it took to create the sequence involving Steve McQueen’s car
  • commentary with Ratner, editor Mark Halfrich and co-writers Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson.

The Blu-ray also contains:

  • Tower Heist Video Diary made by Ratner during filming
  • U-Control picture-in-picture pre-visualization and storyboard comparisons and the music of Tower Heist
  • Pocket Blu to allow smart phones to interact with the Blu-ray player
  • Second Screen, allowing you to see more special features on your computer or tablet synced with the movie as it plays and Flick View so you can “flick” the portable content to your TV screen
  • and BD-Live.

The Blu-ray also is a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack with a digital copy of the movie.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.