THE BOONDOCKS SAINTS (1999) Blu-ray Review
THE BOONDOCKS SAINTS was released on Blu-ray disc at the beginning of the month and of course, I had to check it out.
But before I talk about the movie, I first need to celebrate the fact that this is our very first Blu-ray review (Yay!). Yep, that’s right, Daemon’s Movies is now up to date with technology with their new Blu-ray player.
Now that we’re all really excited, let me start by telling the story of how I came to first discover The Boondocks Saints. I first saw The Boondocks Saints on TV (probably in 2000 on a UK channel). I had seen the listing and noticed that the movie starred Sean Patrick Flanery (whom I had been a fan of since I had seen Powder) and Norman Reedus (whom I had previously seen in Gossip), so I decided to check it out. When I finally sat down to watch it, I ended up not liking it (don’t ask me why). Now that I think of it, I probably just didn’t get it.
Fast forward to 2008, I had a movie night with some friends and the movie we watched was of course The Boondocks Saints (needless to say I was less than thrilled at first). By the end of the night I had done a 360 degree turnaround and loved The Boondocks Saints. How had I not seen it before? It is a great movie and the acting is amazing.
The Boondocks Saints follows the story of two Irish brothers, Connor and Murphy, who take it upon themselves to clean the streets of criminals.
So now you get the Blu-ray version out, and I cannot miss the opportunity to watch the movie once more.
I think you can guess that I really loved the Blu-ray version of The Boondocks Saints. Not only do you get the theatrical version of the movie, but also the director’s cut, all of it in HD.
You also get some outtakes and deleted scenes, which is bound to please fan of the movie. Some deleted scenes expend on the ones we see in the movie and some are totally new (I think my favorite had to be the one where Connor and Murphy are on the phone with their mom, definitely worth checking out). And of course you get some audio commentary.
As for the movie, well I don’t have much else to say except that even after seeing it again, I still loved it. It was almost like I was rediscovering it once more.
So is this a good Blu-ray Disc to own? You bet. You can’t beat two versions of a great movie on one disc.
And before I forget, for those who love the movie already and the future fans, Troy Duffy (who wrote and directed The Boondocks Saints) is now doing Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, with the same two main characters/actors. I personally cannot wait for it to come out. We’ll of course keep you updated on that development.
You can buy The Boondocks Saints Blu Ray on Amazon.
You can watch the trailer for The Boondocks Saints below.
The Boondock Saints Synopsis:
Irish brothers Connor and Murphy MacManus live and work in South Boston. After killing a Russian mobster in self-defense, the brothers believe they have found their calling from God ridding the earth of human evil. So they set out to complete their divine deed by ridding the streets of gangsters, criminals and lowlifes; and as the body count rises, the brothers become local heroes (deemed the “Boondock Saints”) even as the police are on their trail. By risking their lives for their beliefs of Veritas (truth) and Aequitas (justice), the vigilante brothers take the law into their own hands…until they are pursued by unorthodox FBI agent Paul Smecker who follows their trail of bloodshed, but admits that the boys are doing exactly what he has always secretly wished to happen.
The Boondock Saints Blu-ray Disc is presented in widescreen with English 5.1 DTS HD Master
Audio and includes English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Bonus features include:
– Seven deleted scenes
– Director’s Cut seamlessly branched
– The Boondock Saints theatrical trailer
– Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery, Willem Dafoe, Billy Connolly and Troy Duffy Filmographies
– The Boondock Saints script
– Audio commentary with writer/director Troy Duffy
– Audio commentary with actor Billy Connolly