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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Director’s Cut (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

June 29, 2013 by  



“The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Director’s Cut” is another Blu-ray release that die-hard fans will definitely love to see.  27 minutes extra of footage, two new Blu-ray featurettes and you also get the original theatrical Blu-ray release as well.  If you haven’t purchased the Blu-ray or wanting to upgrade from DVD to Blu-ray, this is the version you will want to get!  Recommended!

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TITLE: The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Director’s Cut

DURATION: Director’s Cut: 138 Minutes/Theatrical Edition: 117 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:35:1), English, French (Par), German 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, Chinese (Mandarin Traditional), German, Indonesian, Korean, French, Spanish, Thai and Turkish

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: R (For Bloody Violence, Language and Some Nudity) / Director’s Cut is Unrated

RELEASE DATE: July 16, 2013

Directed by Troy Duffy

Screenplay by Troy Duffy

Story by Troy Duffy, Taylor Duffy

Produced by Chris Brinker, Don Carmody

Executive Produced by Robert N. Fried, Lloyd Segan

Associate Producer: Catherin Gourdier

Music by Jeff Dana

Cinematography by Miroslaw Baszak

Edited by Bill DeRonde, Paul Kumpata

Production Design by Dan Yarhi

Art Direction by Dennis Davenport

Set Decoration by Steve Shewchuck

Costume Design by Georgina Yarhi

Starring:

Sean Patrick Flanery as Connor

Norman Reedus as Murphy

Bill Connolly as Poppa

Clifton Collins Jr. as Romeo

Julie Benz as Eunice

Bob Marley as Greenly

Brian Mahoney as Duffy

David Ferry as Dolly

David Della Rocco as Rocco

Peter Fonda as the Roman

Judd Nelson as Concezio Yakavetta

From Troy Duffy, writer and director of The Boondock Saints, comes the much anticipated sequel to the tough, stylized cutting edge saga of the MacManus brothers (Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery). The two have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. With a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins Jr., Star Trek) and a sexy FBI operative (Julie Benz, TV’s “Dexter”) hot on their trail…the Saints are back!

In 2000, “The Boondock Saints” which was written and directed by Troy Duffy received a limited release in only five theaters in one week. Critically panned, one would think the film would fade to obscurity. But this was not the case. Similar to Kevin Smith’s “Clerks”, “The Boondock Saints” amassed a huge underground following and had become a cult film grossing $50 million in domestic video sales.

The first film revolved around three Catholic Irish anti-heroes – Poppa (played by Bill Connolly) and his two fraternal twin sons Connor (played by Sean Patrick Flanery) and Murphy (played by Norman Reedus) MacManus who are vigilantes that take on the Russian mafia with their way and their style of vigilante payback.

A decade later, with the popularity of the first film, “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” is backed by Sony Pictures and given a nationwide theatrical release in 67 theaters and due to fan demand, more cities were added to the release. Once again, the critics were not so supportive of the film but yet the fans have once again come to support the film and the film made over $10 million in the box office but now Blu-ray and DVD release will be unleashed to the masses and I have no doubt that once again, “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” is going to do well.

While the original Blu-ray version was released back in 2009, in July 2013, “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Director’s Cut” will be released and will contain both the director’s cut featuring 27 minutes of extra footage and includes a second Blu-ray featuring the original theatrical version.

In “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”, eight years have passed and after the three men murdered Giuseppe “Papa Joe” Yakavetta (and countless members of the mafia).

When a priest was murdered, someone tries to frame the Saints and now the police (especially the Saint’s friends on the inside) are worried that the Saints who have been quiet are back to cause more mayhem. The public is still divided on their feelings towards the Saints.

Meanwhile, the Saints are called in for their help and to avenge the death of the priest. As the two travel back to the U.S. by boat, a man named Romeo (played by Clifton Collins Jr.) who has idolized the Saints wants to be part of their crew and needless to say, he has to earn his place amongst the group.

As for the police, Greenly (played by Bob Marley), Duffy (played by Brian Mahoney) and Dolly (David Ferry) worry that their friends may be back and with the FBI sending one of their top investigators named Eunice (played by Julie Benz) to assist them, they worry that the FBI may find out that the three detectives assisted the Saints back then. Eunice is not only intelligent and sexy (easily catching the attention of the three detectives) but she can easily come up in her mind of what happens at a crime scene plus she’s also known to be very good with her gun as well.

While the Saints look for who killed the priest, the FBI and police looking for the Saints, the media hype has attracted the attention of Conzezio Yakavetta (played by Judd Nelson) who wants revenge for the Saints murdering his father on public television. So, once again, the Yakavetta family are planning to get their revenge against the Saints.

Who will end up victorious?

VIDEO:

“The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Director’s Cut” is featured in 1080p High Definition (2:35:1). Cinematography by Miroslaw Baszak did a pretty solid job with the overall shots. The action sequences are well-done, enjoyed the lighting of several of the sequences. Those well-lighted scenes are vibrant while certain scenes are cold and bluish. I didn’t notice any artifacts, nor did I notice any DNR. The picture quality has a fine layer of grian, blacks are nice and deep and overall, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment did a solid job in terms of picture quality for the Blu-ray release.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Director’s Cut” is presented in English, French (Par) and German 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital. As expected with a film that features guns ablazing, the film does feature a good amount of surround channel usage with the gun shots and bullets zipping through the air.  For the most part, dialogue and music is front channel driven but the action sequences definitely put your surround channels to good use and wonderful immersion and there is also good use of LFE as well.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, Chinese (Mandarin Traditional), French, German, Korean, Spanish (Latin America), Thai and Turkish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Director’s Cut” comes with the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Troy Duffy, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus and Billy Connolly – An entertaining commentary by Troy Duffy and the main cast discussing the film and just having fun discussing the film.
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Troy Duffy and Willem Dafoe – Interesting commentary since Willem Dafoe is not seen throughout the majority in the film but it’s like listening to two friends having a discussion while watching the film. But they do touch upon the messed up treatment from the first film and how things were much better in the sequel.
  • Saints Off Script – (19:34) Troy Duffy talks about creating a relaxed vibe on set.  New to this Director’s Cut.
  • Back to Boondoock – (20:51) A featurette on the pre-production of “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”.  New to this Director’s Cut.
  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring two deleted scenes: Detectives Mourn Death and Romeo Plays Chess
  • Unprecedented Access: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette – (25:49) Behind-the-scenes of the making of the film and the director, producer and talent talk about working on this second film.
  • Billy Connolly & Troy Duffy: Unedited – (9:22) Troy Duffy and Bill Connolly hanging out and Troy explaining how he wanted Bill to become Don and more. Bill talks about wanting to be part of this film despite his agent not wanting him to be part of it.
  • Inside the Vault: The Weapon Featurette – (8:28) A Blu-ray exclusive. Charles Taylor (Heady Armorer) shows us the weapons used on “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”.
  • The Cast Confesses: Secrets from the Set Featurette -(7:13) A Blu-ray exclusive. The cast talks about being reunited for the sequel. The main cast talk about their characters and behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film.
  • The Boondock Saints Hit Comic-Con – (57:02) A Blu-ray Exclusive. Featuring Troy Duffy and the cast leaving to San Diego Comic Con, the autograph signing and the panel. A lot of fan excitement and an absolutely awesome special feature!

EXTRAS:

“The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Director’s Cut” comes with a slipcover with red embossed lettering.

“The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” is literally an adrenaline pumping, action-packed, kick ass film which I found much better than the first and literally had a lot of fun watching it.

What I find interesting is that “The Boondock Saints” was a film that didn’t even have a chance for a theatrical release but found a humongous cult following on video. And here we are with the sequel, the critics obviously share a different opinion towards this film but among the viewers, they loved the film. As for me, I really enjoyed the film and felt this Blu-ray release is awesome!

I enjoyed the addition of the new characters, enjoyed the action sequences, the weapons and enjoyed the story of this sequel. It’s a much different tone compared to the first film but the film definitely benefits from a slightly higher budget. And the surprise ending… I never saw that coming. So, I’m really excited for the possibility of a third “Boondock Saints” film.

It’s important to point out to those not familiar with the film is that “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”, the film is more action. Yes, there is a storyline but for those expecting something deep are probably not going to find it in this sequel. The performances of the talent may seem off at times and I’m sure many will have issues with the Irish and the Southern accents used by the talents.

If anything, I expected nothing but an action-packed film featuring a lot of gun fighting, plenty of action and profanity but I really enjoyed the addition of Clifton Collins Jr. as Romeo and Julie Benz as Eunice. Collins brings the comedy portion with his character and Julie Benz brings the sexiness. And both characters definitely kick ass!

As for the Director’s Cut, this version features a much longer opening sequence, a longer fantasy sequence and a extended elevator sequence that leads to the major shoot-out.  It’s great to see the longer sequences but personally, I felt the theatrical version’s pacing is much better, tighter and for me, I found it to be better.  But for the die-hard fans who love the film, seeing the extra footage is a major plus.

I said it back in 2009 and I feel the same way about the this latest 2013 Blu-ray release, it’s absolutely fantastic and picture quality and lossless audio is immersive.  With that being said, it’s important to note that back in 2009, the Blu-ray release had two exclusive Blu-ray featurettes, especially the cool San Diego Comic-Con footage back then.  But hopefully nearly five years after the first Blu-ray release of “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day”, that people have upgraded to Blu-ray because those special features are pretty awesome.

As for those who purchased the original Blu-ray and wonder if this 2013 Director’s Cut is worth owning.  My answer “yes”, if you are a die-hard fan of the film.  This version does include two newer featurettes, it also includes both the theatrical version and the director’s cut as well.  So, it’s definitely worth upgrading from DVD to this Blu-ray release (especially for the better picture quality and lossless audio) or purchasing if you never owned it before.  But unless you want the Director’s Cut and loved the original theatrical version, then I would upgrade.

Overall, “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day – Director’s Cut” is another Blu-ray release that die-hard fans will definitely love to see.  27 minutes extra of footage, two new Blu-ray featurettes and you also get the original theatrical Blu-ray release as well.  If you haven’t purchased the Blu-ray or wanting to upgrade from DVD to Blu-ray, this is the version you will want to get!  Recommended!






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