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The Boondock Saints: 10th Anniversary – Truth and Justice Edition (2001/Fox Blu-ray + Digital Copy)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: B     Film: B



Hurray for double dips!  One of the most unexpected hits of the last decade has to be The Boondock Saints; getting little release or attention in theaters, then subsequently being a breakout hit on home video.  The film was so much a hit on home video that it even spurred a sequel; something that is somewhat unheard of and rarely achieved.


Now on Blu-ray we have the second release of the explosive Irish hit man film, as it includes both the Theatrical and Unrated Directors Cut Versions of the film; not to mention an exclusive new extra.  The difference between the two cuts is hard to distinguish and neither adds nor detracts from the film.  Apparently little has been done to further fix up the picture and sound on this almost dismissed, low budget venture; but hardcore fans will rush to buy this re-release.


As the technical features of this release are recycled from the 2009 Blu-ray release, the review will attempt to recapture the same.


The picture is presented in a 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition transfer that for the most part is adequate, but not all too impressive.  Both the theatrical and extended cut are available for viewing here; both cuts being great films with about the same sketchy picture quality.  It is obvious from the beginning that the transfer did not come from the best film master, with grit and debris being present throughout that makes for a blemished Blu-ray release.  The colors are off and the contrast is as well, though the blacks are solid and flesh tones are balanced.  It is an adequate release for fans that have been waiting, but expect another release to be coming for sure.  The sound is a bit of a step up from the picture in its DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround Track that uses most of the speakers and with the engaging action sequences it is at its best.  The scores and gunfire jump from every angle and immerse the viewer in a great cinematic experience.


The extras feature Audio Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, a Printable Script, and Theatrical Trailer.  The only extra worth commenting on is the Audio Commentaries; one featuring Troy Duffy and the other Bill Connolly.  Troy Duffy is obviously a self indulgent, egotistical man; throughout the commentary he name drops and quite unbashfully promotes himself.  Duffy’s commentary holds little substance, nor does it give insight into the film.  Connolly is more self aware and talks of the film’s production troubles, giving a tad more insight but in the in end still being a lackluster commentary.


The new extra included in this set is an almost half-hour featurette with Troy Duffy, Sean Patrick Flannery, David Della Roco, and Norman Reedus host a casual round table discussion about their feelings on the film.  The points of discussion are emotional, funny and can’t be found anywhere else.  A love for this cult classic is expressed by all involved and a certain passion is exuded that most don’t divulge for DVD/Blu-ray extras. Overall, a very nice extra.


I am not sure if the sole extra warrants a re-release of the film, but I was thoroughly entertained for my 1,000th time through the film.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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