The Boondock Saints (1999) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Thriller
Fox || R - 110 minutes - $34.99 || February 10, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-02-27


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Troy Duffy
Writer(s): Troy Duffy (written by)
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Brian Mahoney


Theatrical Release Date: May 22, 2006


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Script


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman) McManus are two brothers sitting at the bar when two mobsters walk in and try to harass the bar keep. After downing a shot, the two brothers along with the other patrons decides to get a little bar fight going and kick the living tar out of the mobsters (including a hilarious scene where the guyís ass literally gets set on fire). However, the next day the mobsters show up at their house and proceed to try and kill them. Moments before one of the brothers is shot, the other brother managed to break free from being tied up and drops a huge toilet on the mobsters head killing him. He frees the brother and decimates the other mobster as well, and decide to turn themselves in to the police.

This happens a little bit through backward and forward story-telling, as the new detective on the case Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe) arrives at the crime scene with the two mobsters dead. He is a rather off-putting police officer and talks down to several of the others, but it turns out heís right about where the bullets are and other things at the scene. They head back to the station and Smecker jokes around about the criminals just ďturn themselves inĒ to the other officers and says that will never happen. Little does he know the McManus brothers are standing right behind him and do turn themselves in. But Smecker doesnít realize just who they really are, yet.

The brothers are let go, and pawn off some of the loot they got off the mobsters. In exchange, they are given access to an arsenal of weapons. They browse through the items, which include a giant chain gun among other huge guns, and one of them sees a rope in the room. He obliges to take it, even though the other tries to plead with him asking ďwhat on earth would we need a rope for?Ē

Another crime scene ends up being discovered with bodies lying around in pools of blood in a circular room. Smecker and the other officers try to theorize how it happened, as though for some reason thereís a giant hole in the wall. Going back to flashback mode yet again, as Smecker tries to explain what happened and how the hole in the wall came to be. His theory, however, is completely accurate in its retelling.

The duo is climbing in the vent to kill the mobsters, when the vent ends up breaking. But since they took the rope they plummet but catch themselves in mid-air and pull out their guns. They obliterate about seven people in a matter of seconds. While folding up the arms of the dead mobsters they chant a prayer. It turns out that they are trying to rid the world of evil, as though the police are failing to do so. They hear a noise though in the middle of looting the room, and head to the bathroom to find Rocco (David Della Rocco) stumbling around in there. Rocco is a friend of theirs, but since they are wearing mask they proceed to scare the living hell out of him and eventually taking off their masks to let them know who they are. Rocco proceeds to join the group on the mission to rid the world of evil. But will they be successful, as though it seems Smecker is on the case and is able to tell more and more about them as time progresses?

Itís such a shame that this movie came out almost a decade ago and Iím just now getting a chance to see it. Iíve watched both the theatrical and directorís cut and didnít notice a big difference between the two, but after watching both I can say without a doubt this is one of the best movies of all time. The characters are great, to say the least. Willem Dafoe, Flanery, Reedus, Connolly, Rocco, are all amazing actors in their own right in this film. They are all believable, entertaining, and have some of the best lines in the history of movies.

I canít say this enough: Boondock Saints is one movie that you need to see as soon as possible. This has one of the best stories ever as well. I wish it had been longer, but there is a sequel coming out at some point this year, which I hope is just as good as the first one. I canít imagine the sequel being better than the original, but only time will tell. In case you still donít realize it, you need to watch this film!



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Troy Duffy: A great commentary from Duffy as he talks about the cast as well as some of the troubles that plagued the film. This is a great commentary so I urge you to listen to it.

Audio Commentary by Actor Billy Connolly: Similar to the above commentary, this is another fantastic track that deserves a listen to as soon as possible. Connolly talks about why the film wasnít released in the US and why the release date was such an issue as well.

Deleted Scenes (20 minutes): A collection of seven rather lengthy deleted scenes that add a little background to the movie. Definitely worth watching, as it does give more information about a few of the characters and scenes.

Outtakes (1 minute 30 seconds): The cast flubs lines from some scenes, and itís hilarious.

BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES

Boondock Saints Script: Exactly what it sounds like, you can flip through pages of the actual script. Itís a pretty cool extra, but the letters are a tiny bit small.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a film several years old, the transfer looks pristine to say the least. Colors are exactly how they should look and flesh tones for the cast are outstanding. There are a few times though where the colors do look a bit overblown, but it happened only two or three times at best and wasnít a major issue. The film has a rather dark overtone to it, which Iím betting sets the actual mood for the movie so I only took off half a star because of it. Contrast is fine for the most part, except what I just mentioned, as it is a fairly dark and ominous flick. All in all, a near perfect transfer.

Wow. Just wow. Thatís all I can say about the audio. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is slamming from start to finish. The gun fight scenes are reference material for sure, and they happen throughout the film more than once if you want to show them off. Dialogue levels were crisp, clear, and spot-on for the entire movie as well. This is a sheer heavy-audio track that you may need to turn down due to its huge booming levels that happen throughout. A+ effort from Fox on this track.



.::OVERALL::.

This is one of the best films in the history of cinema. Boondock Saints was never the box-office smash it should have been due to events beyond the movie creatorís control, which was a huge shame. The cast, acting, and story are all top-notch. The audio is perfect and the video is nearly there as well. Special features on the disc are also plentiful, which is a great thing, and throw in the fact that two versions of the film are on one Blu-ray also helps out for re-watching. This is a must-own movie, so run out and buy it. The saints may be coming if you donít.