The Boondock Saints II: All Saint's Day (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Thriller
Sony || R - 117 minutes - $34.95 || March 9, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-03-08


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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 & Taylor Duffy (story), Troy Duffy (screenplay)
Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Julie Benz, Peter Fonda


Theatrical Release Date: November 13, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • 5 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • MovieIQ
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Portuguese (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Before I begin this review, let me preface it by saying I was a huge fan of the first The Boondock Saints. Now that Iíve said that, let me say that the sequel, Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is nowhere near to the caliber of the first flick in anyway shape or form. Iíll give you that the same formula is used, and trust me the formula is terrific, but the movie just doesnít measure up to the levels I had set while watching the film. There still is a ton of fun to be had here, just set your sights a little lower.

The MacManus brothers, Connor (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus), also known as The Saints to the public, have been in hiding since the last film with their father II Duce (Billy Connolly). They are forced out of their cabin though when a priest is murdered execution style similar to the way that they killed all of their victims. The brothers return to their hometown where they meet Romeo (Clifton Collins Jr.), an accomplished fighter down the boat docks, to help them reclaim their territory and take care of the mob occupying their town. Sadly though, their helper from the last movie, Officer Paul Smecker (Willem Dafoe), has passed away but a new successor has taken his place: Eunice (Julie Benz).

The brothers along with Romeo decide to clean up the town, Saints style, and proceed to knock-off the mob members one-by-one. By one-by-one, I simply mean that there are usually seven of them or so in a room and the Saints kill them all in a stylistic manner such as dropping down from a giant roof with a rope attached and gunning them all down, and killing the last one ďSaint styleĒ with guns from the back and pennies over the eyes. Eunice is however closing in on them, as she notices right off the bat that the first killing isnít the Saints after all, since the height on the shooter isnít right all, in fact, heís way too short to be the saints and the angles are all wrong. She deduces, thanks to being taught by Smecker, that there was only one assailant using two guns. Can Eunice find the Saints and arrest them, finally bringing them to justice, or will the Saints finish their mission and run back into hiding?

You know, I love these kinds of films. The first one was a bit of a shock to me as to how much I liked it, and also subsequently how many times Iíve seen it since, but this one just didnít catch my attention as much. The story is still phenomenal, the characters are still great (including a re-appearance by Rocco), and everything is almost identical to the first one except for one major glaring concept I just couldnít get past: humor. The second installment uses way too much of it way too often, and the film suffers because of it majorly. Almost every minute there was an instance of humor, even in the gunfight sequences, and that to no end just ticked me off. I wanted to take the film seriously at some moments and laugh the next, but I found myself just sighing at the over-indulgence of humor involved. Nearly every scene had a humor moment, and even to me, that is just too much.

The problem aside though, this is still a fantastic film. Like I said before, the characters involved with the first flick are back (including one thatís not credited and wonít spoil for you) and are great as ever. The police from the first movie are hilarious yet again, a little bit more so than last time, which was a great aspect they improved upon. The police were fairly dry in the first one and the little humor they get was appreciated. The MacManus twins are excellent in their respective roles yet again, and when II Duce comes onto screen partway through the film I was literally ecstatic to see him appear on the screen. His entrance is the best out of both movies and one I had been waiting for since the flick started.

I think that The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is a worthy addition to the cult franchise, if you can call it that anymore, and odds are one that fans and newcomers will enjoy. I just donít think that fans of the first one will enjoy this one as much as the other, as this one has far too much humor but just enough blood and violence to match up to the previous. Great sequel? Yes. Better than the first? Not even close.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Troy Duffy, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, and Billy Connolly: This is the second best extra that you get with this disc and one (like the one below) that should not be missed for any reason. The main cast and director join forces for a hilarious yet insightful commentary that involves, well, everything and anything about the movie. They talk about audienceís reaction, the trouble with sequels, and how much fun the film was to be in again. They tend to talk over one another at some points, but I was having too much fun to really care.

Commentary with Troy Duffy and Willem Dafoe: By far the best extra available on this Blu-ray and one that I hope if you do purchase the flick that you turn this thing on first. Dafoe is incredibly talkative as is Duffy about the film, the direction that it goes, and the problems that movies face when making sequels. In all honesty Dafoe has become someone that should be doing commentary on every film as he really is that good.

Behind the Scenes (26 minutes): Yup, you guessed it, this is the extra for all you fans of how the film was made to be able to finally see for the saints flick. Everyone who was involved with the movie gets a chance to say their peace and also show how a ton of the scenes from the film were put onto the big screen.

Billy Connolly and Troy Duffy: Unedited (9 minutes): The director and Connolly talk about how they came up with the idea for the flick and what their goal was for the feature. They are talkative but in the end I grew bored after only a few minutes of watching.

Deleted Scenes (3 minutes): There are only two deleted scenes available and both are pretty mundane. Iíd recommend passing over these since they donít add anything to the story and are boring to be honest.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

Inside the Vault (8 minutes): In case you are a gun nut, or just interested in them for some reason, then this will be your extra. The weapon designer for the film delves into the guns used by the cast in both films.

The Cast Confesses (7 minutes): The cast discusses their personal feelings and the film in general. The fraternal brothers are quite entertaining, as they are in most extras here, so since this is so short I recommend a viewing.

The Boondock Saints Hit Comic-Con (57 minutes): Iíve always loved these types of extras since these are the real opportunities to see the cast and crew interact with one another and fans of the films. You get to see the comic-con appearance, the interviews and questions they get asked, and a whole boat load of other things here. This is a funny and entertaining segment that I strongly urge you to watch when you get the free time.

Movie IQ: Similar to past movies Iíve reviewed with this extra, and once again something Iíve come to thoroughly enjoy. At any point during the film you can see who is involved with the scene, tons of background information on them, and many other things that would take me forever to type. I absolutely adore this extra and hopefully one day all movies can have this extra included.

BD-Live: This is the exact same extra available on most Sony Blu-rays, as the only things that are available deal with trailers and other useless things.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Due to the fact that Sony has handled this release instead of Fox, I was hoping for the same transfer that the first release received. Thankfully, this is a near-perfect transfer and fans will be quite pleased with this video. Colors are absolutely gorgeous and abundant in their respects, and not once did I notice any sort of overblown colors or anything being out of proportion. The problem that I had with the last release, and one that is in this one, is the fact that the dark scenes are normally abundant with grain and here the same problem still persists. Most of the movie is filmed in a nighttime or a dark atmosphere, hence why the movie has a dark overtone to it. At the end of the day though, this is still reference material as though the flesh tones look perfect, colors are great, and with only the grain being an issue this is one you can show off.

Just like the first film, this is pure reference material for the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Surround sound is incredibly loud, engaging, and everything else in between. I think I may need to go get my hearing checked after listening to this so loud, or at least move because my neighbors have got to be ticked at me for having this cranked up so loud. All of the action sequences that are found in the film can truly be used to showcase any sound system to their fullest potential, especially the final few ones. Gunshots are insanely loud and I literally thought one was going off behind me with this stunning track. Dialogue is perfect, perfect, perfect the entire time. This is what Blu-Ray was made for right here.



.::OVERALL::.

Iíve had to watch The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day four times now (2 Commentaries, 1 first run-through, and then one with Movie IQ on) and I still just couldnít get into it like I could the first flick. The sequel is still a phenomenal movie but there just isnít anyway this stands up to the original. The movie tries to put too much humor where it doesnít really fit and thatís the main problem. The technical package is still outstanding and as usual the special features package alone makes this worth a purchase. These are saints yet again to take into your home right away, just donít expect the same great magic as the first one.