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THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  117 minutes, two audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, Billy Connolly & Troy Duffy: Unedited featurette

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English, French (Par), Thai, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles:  English, English SDH, French, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

 

STUDIO:  SPHE/ Stage 6 Films/ Apparition

RELEASE DATE:  3-9-2010

Connor (Sean Patrick Flannery) and Murphy (Norman Reedus), the McManus Brothers, come out of hiding from Ireland where they have been staying with their dad, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), when a priest is murdered in Boston.   Someone tried to make it look like the Saints did it.   Connor and Murphy work their way through the mob to get the ones responsible with a little help from Romeo (Clifton Collins, Jr), a Mexican.  Hot on their trail is a sexy (takes no bull) FBI agent, Eunice Bloom (Julie Benz).   THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY is a stylish wave of violence laced with humor and plenty of swearing.   It is an entertaining ride.   I love Eunice Bloom-I love her character’s style.   Bloom’s style fits in with the swearing and aggression of the McManus brothers.  I like the bickering between Connor and Murphy- the bit about the rope is outstanding.   It helps flesh out the origin of Il Duce while setting the stage for a third BOONDOCK SANITS which must be made.  Writer/ Director Troy Duffy can’t leave fans hanging this time.  If a sequel was never made, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS would have stood as a wonderful little cult film that has plenty of fans, but the sequel raises the bar and it will be a damn shame if we have to wait another 10 years for the third one.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Two audio commentaries are on the disc- the first with troy Duffy, Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Reedus, and Billy Connolly while the second track is with Duffy and Willem Dafoe.

 

The two deleted scenes were rightfully cut with the first scene softening the character of Eunice Bloom (and it subtracts from her character).  UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS is a 25 minute behind-the-scenes featurette that takes an unparalleled look at the production of the film that features interview with cast and crew (with Troy Duffy taking front and center).  BILLY CONNOLLY & TROY DUFFY: UNEDITED has Billy and Troy recall their first meeting when Troy wanted Billy as Il Duce.   The only things sadly missing from the DVD release are the two theatrical trailers for the sequel.

 

The Blu-Ray edition features additional featurettes including INSIDE THE VAULT: THE WEAPONS, THE CAST CONFESSES: SECRETS FROM THE SET, and THE BOONDOCK SAINTS HIT COMIC-CON.   Wal-Mart has a two-disc steelbook exclusive for DVD too.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   The sequel to THE BOONDOCK SAINTS will have fans embracing the saints and pray for a third one soon.  Too bad SPHE didn’t include the theatrical trailers.

 

This DVD review is (c)3-10-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com