"THE BOONDOCK SAINTS" received a lot of attention, but with abysmal box-office, almost entirely due to its writer-director, Troy Duffy's initial rise-to-celebrity, and then rapid descent, due to his antics and less than humble demeanor. All of this is captured in one of the best documentaries ever made about film-making, "OVERNIGHT." While the script has its moments, the film is uneven and Duffy's direction is only marginally impressive. The plot revolves around two Irish American Brothers, who believe they've had a religious vision demanding them to exact their violent means of justice, against criminals in Boston, with an over-the-top gay FBI agent and killers on their trail. The actors, particularly, Sean Patrick Flannery, are terrific. But, the comic-book dialogue never feels honest and some of it is laughably bad. Willem Dafoe, always a fine actor, does his best as the gay Investigator, but Duffy's lack of vision as to how to best present the character he wrote, raises the question throughout whether he's a homophobe or not!
Virtually every scene with Dafoe treats his homosexuality in a way that's both contradictory and insulting to the character and the film's (point?) as a whole!
There are some well choreographed sequences, in terms of direction and imagery, but the final product will leave even those viewers wanting to like it, with a varying degree of disappointment. An interesting failure, but a failure all the same.
FOX has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. As with the film's content, it's uneven. There are scenes filled with jump-off-the-screen depth. But, more often, the image appears flat. For every scene that provides rich colors, there are two more that look dull. Likely due to the film's budget and resulting limitations on film stock, the lack of clarity was actually less noticeable in the director's cut offered on dvd. With higher resolution, the film's image limitations are more noticeable now.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. This is a major improvement over the dvd, and the aggressive mix offers exciting bass and discrete effects, definitely immersing the viewer into the action and grip of the scenes that play best. The dialogue, even with heavy accents, is greatly improved with notably better clarity than before. It's a really good mix.
The same extras from the dvd special edition of the film, are carried over for this release. In addition to a commentary with Billy Connolly, there's also one with Duffy, and it's easy to understand why this guy is not getting more work. He comes across as arrogant and arguably out-of-touch, when failling to notice any problems with the film.
Deleted scenes are offered, but in poor quality.