Boondock Saints, released in the late 90s. It failed to surface due in part to the problem of school shootings. However it also failed because of its casts declining career trajectories. Irish-American twin brothers Conner (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy MacManus (Norman Reedus) are good catholic boys. They go to church, they prey and they also slaughter enemies. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are in full swing and they are with friends in a bar. Then three Russian mobsters arrive and announce the pub is to close due to a take over by them. A battle ensues between them, with fists flying and kicks punishing both sides. The fight breaks up and everyone goes home. The next morning and FBI agent Paul Smecker (Willem Defoe) is called to the two Russians are found dead in an alleyway. Who did? Why did they do it? and more importantly, how did they do this?
I always find it refreshing when you get to return to 90’s action cinema. You see, action cinema was going through its post Reservoir Dogs period, with blood soaked squibs and hand gun twirling but it was the period prior to The Matrix films, so less camera fluidity and stunt execution. What you have here is a blackly comic film that not only plays on the themes of the period. Cultural identity and sexual diversity were deeply write in the 90’s hang ups. However, what Boondock Saints does is send up the whole period and its hang ups overtly. It swipes at the absurdity of action films and the absurd thoughts of stereotypes. Its equally hilarious and comical.
The discs has a HD transfer which might leave a little sting. The VHS I saw in the late 90s can not compare however to what has been done on the Blu ray. It is leap and bounds above the previous release. Troy Duffy commentary has to be heard. He gives us the juice on all that happened in shooting, scripting and why some actors are great to work with! The other top extra is the outtakes. Outlandish.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the director s cut of the film
- Original 5.1 lossless English audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary by writer/director Troy Duffy
- Audio commentary by actor Billy Connolly
- Deleted scenes
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon
- FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Kieran Fisher