The Boondock Saints [Blu-ray]

I’ve heard this film described as a cult classic, much like Reservoir Dogs or Donnie Darko.  Yet when I was in college, it was the film that all the guys watched all of the time.  This movie was as mainstream as something could get without being the next book in the Left Behind series.  We all watched it and would quote from it or reference it without fail.  Of course, we were a group of isolated religious fundamentalists.  What in this movie would not attract us to that?  Now this film is available in a whole new format.

Starting this February 10th, now available on Blu-ray disc from Franchise Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment comes a story of brotherhood and a whole lot of murder.  The Boondock Saints – Blu-ray Disc is ready to shatter your television screen and blast a vision of vigilantes and messy murders into the middle of your living room.  Bring home this fantastic film today!

Murphey and Connor MacManus spend their lives in South Boston.  Two Irish Catholic boys, they’ve seen the rough side of life and wish to move on.  Yet when they are forced to kill a Russian mob boss in self defense, they find a calling from God to act out his truth and justice.  They kill their way through the ranks of criminals and quickly become folk heroes.  The police can’t figure it out, so FBI agent Paul Smecker is brought in on the case.  Yet as he grows closer to the truth, will he turn in the MacManus brothers, or join then as another vigilante?  This movie stars Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Billy Connolly and Norman Reedus.

The special features included in this Blu-ray disc are an extended director’s cut of this film, an optional audio commentary from writer and director Troy Duffy, another optional audio commentary from actor Billy Connolly, a whole reel of outtakes and bloopers, several deleted scenes which weren’t included in either version of the film, the entire original script for this film and the D-Box motion control system.

This movie is immeasurably smarter than the average vigilante action movie.  The brothers are great characters and Willem Dafoe as the toughly homosexual FBI agents is almost too great for television.  The commingling of the violence and spirituality of the brothers is both a great plot device and a delicious satire of much of the violent fundamentalism seen in America and parts of the rest of the world.  The scene where they drop in through the ceiling and shoot up the meeting of mobsters is magnificently hilarious.  All in all, this was a decent movie and is certainly worth owning.  For myself at least, it fails to achieve a cult status.

God bless these Saints.

This Blu-ray Disc is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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