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Boondock Saints (Special Edition DVD)
Boondock Saints (VHS)
Release The Hounds - A CD by the director's band (called...The Boondock Saints)

Boondock Saints Boondock Saints Review

Directed By: Troy Duffy.
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly.

Every once in a while a film slips through the cracks, the critics missed out, the audience missed out and Boondock Saints is a perfect illustration of this. It happens because of a glut of material on the market, mismanaged marketing campaigns and a variety of other reasons. The other problem is it is instantly compared to a host of other flicks on the market. It's been compared to Quentin Tarantino's flicks, John Woo's Hardboiled and even Charles Bronson's Death Wish.

That's not to say that these comparisons are off the track, it just seems unfair that a fine little flick like this should be unnoticed for so long.

The story is fairly simple...fraternal twins Conner (Flanery ) and Murphey (Reedu) MacMannus are on a mission from God to rid Boston of crime. However, they don't have the time to do things right, so they do it anyway they can. The two double fisted drinking Irish-American brothers take the law into their own hands and some become local celebrities. SOunds pretty good but with a dementedly twisted F.B.I. agent Paul Smecker (Dafoe) on their tale and the mob bringing in an old ally things get rather nasty for the boys very quickly.

Sounds like a lot of the other action flicks out there huh? I know, I turned my nose up at the plot when it was told to me as well. Then I saw how this was all conveyed. Unique points of view, dark humor and one of the best ideas in a long time, a flashback where the teller of the flashback is in amongst the action dryly detailing it as all hell breaks loose around him.

For all the bad movies I do end up seeing in the theatres it is a shame when something this good slips by, but always a joy when it is found and passed onto others. I have since shown it to three of my friends who also praised it. Solid word of mouth should make this a bigger hit on DVD and video than it ever received in the theatres.

Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul

DVD Information:

Special Features:
Special Edition includes:
Commentary by writer and director Troy Duffy
Deleted scenes
Widescreen anamorphic format

The DVD Review:
The original version of the disk was pretty lacking, what with only the movie, some trailers and cast bio's but this new version has made amends for all that. Now a commentary by first time director and man to watch Troy Duffy has been added along with outtakes (gotta love that) and some deleted scenes!

They have finnaly released the newer version of Boondock Saints...Well, at least given it a release date in May!

Evil Ash

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