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Supremacy (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

April 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Supremacy” is a riveting story of white supremacists invading the home of an African-American family and what the family will do to survive.  Based on a true story,”Supremacy” is a solid film for director Deon Taylor and writer Eric J. Adams.  Recommended!

Images courtesy of © 2014 Supremacy the Movie. All Rights Reserved.


TITLE: Supremacy

FILM RELEASE: 2014

DURATION: 104 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, English – Audio Description Track, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH

COMPANY: Well Go USA Entertainment

RATED: NR

Release Date: April 21, 2015


Directed by Deon Taylor

Written by Eric J. Adams

Produced by Roxanne Avent, Vince Cirrincione

Co-Producer: Damien Douglas, Steak House, Dominic Ottersbach

Executive Producer: Aaron L. Gilbert

Co-Executive Producer: Margot Hand, Patrick Murray, Mary Vernieu

Associate Producer: Ephraim Salaam

Music by Michael Einziger

Cinematography by Rodney Taylor

Edited by Richard B. Molina

Casting by Venus Kanani, Mary Vernieu

Production Design by Michael Fitzgerald

Art Direction by Rodrigo Cabral

Costume Design by Rhona Meyers


Starring:

Danny Glover as Mr. Walker

Joe Anderson as Garrett Tully

Dawn Olivieri as Doreen

Derek Luke as Raymond

Evan Ross as Anthony

Lela Rochon as Mother

Mahershala Ali as Deputy Rivers

Julie Benz as Kristen

Nick Chinlund as Hannity

Robin Bobeau as Cassie

Alex Henderson as Jamar

Jenica Bergere as Gerardi


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Tully (Joe Anderson, A SINGLE SHOT, HERCULES) just got paroled. But his first night out could be his last. He just killed a cop. And no one s gonna listen to an ex-con with the Aryan Nation. His leader (Anson Mount) just cut him loose, and as the police close in, Tully and his girlfriend (Dawn Olivieri) add home invasion and hostages to the body count. But no one counted on Mr. Walker (Danny Glover), an ex-con himself, to fight back using his understanding of the racist mind to turn the tables on a desperate and violent man. Will it be enough to keep his family alive?


From indie film director Deon Taylor (“Nite Tales: The Movie”, “The Hustle”, “Dead Tone”) and writer Eric J. Adams (“Archie’s Final Project”) comes the film “Supremacy”.

Based on actual true events about a recently-paroled white supremacist, who killed a cop and broke into an African-American family’s home and held everyone hostage.

The film stars Danny Glover (“Lethal Weapon”, “The Color Purple”),  Joe Anderson (“Across the Universe”, “The Grey”, “Control”), Dawn Olivieri (“American Hustle”, “House of Lies”), Derek Luke (“Antwone Fisher”, “Glory Road”, “Captain America: The First Avenger”), Evan Ross (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”) and Lela Rochon (“Any Given Sunday”, “Waiting to Exhale”).

“Supremacy” begins with white supremacist Tully (portrayed by Joe Anderson) being released after serving 15-years in prison and is picked up by a woman named Doreen (portrayed by Dawn Olivieri).

While driving to Bakersfield, California for hours, they are stopped by a Black sheriff, who Tully kills.

While the two drive off, they abandon their car and look for a place to hide.  They end up hiding in the home of Mr. Walter (portrayed by Danny Glover), who lives with his wife (portrayed by Lela Rochon), her son Anthony (portrayed by Evan Ross), her daughter Cassie (portrayed by Robin Bobeau) and her two children, Jamar (portrayed by Alex Henderson) and a baby.

Immediately, the family  is gathered up and locked into a closet.

As Tully and Doreen wait for orders from their ringleader Sobecki (portrayed by Anson Mount), things start to escalate inside the home when one of the family members is shot.

Will any of the family members survive?


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VIDEO:

“Supremacy” is presented in 1080p High Definition. Picture quality for the film is very good as close-ups show plenty of detail. Outdoor scenes are vibrant, skin tones look natural and there is a good amount of grain throughout the film.

The film looks magnificent in HD, with no signs of major artifacts or banding issues.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Supremacy” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The film is primarily dialogue driven.  Most of the surround sound use during the film is when you hear screams coming from another room.

SPECIAL FEATURES

“Supremacy” comes with the following special features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes – (8:34) Behind-the-scenes footage from “Supremacy” during the sheriff’s murder.
  • Trailer – (2:01) Theatrical trailer for “Supremacy”.

EXTRAS:

“Supremacy” comes with a slipcover.


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I’ll have to give credit to director Deon Taylor and writer Eric J. Adams for taking on racism but also the ongoing, back-and-forth dialogue between the characters of white supremacist Tully (portrayed by Joe Anderson) and veteran actor Danny Glover as the patriarch Mr. Walter.

In today’s era, rage and anger is a trigger for most people to react to racism but for the character of Mr. Walter, having dealt with racism when he was younger, he deals with Tully without anger, but with patience and calmness.  Knowing that those around him are in trouble, he does all he can to help alleviate the high emotions in the house.

And what starts off as a battle of stereotypes transitions to something more powerful, more similar to each of these characters that they are able to communicate.

While the film’s action sequences and the riveting tale of whether the family lives (there is one scene that surprised me when it involved one of the youngest children) and thus setting up an unknown situation of whether this family will come out of this whole entire ordeal unscathed.

What didn’t work in the film is this sidestory between Mr. Walter and his son, Raymond (portrayed by Derek Luke), who is in law enforcement. Both have a troubled relationship and whenever their relationship becomes the focus of the film, it didn’t work all that well.

As for the Blu-ray release, the Blu-ray’s picture quality was very good!  Close-ups show great detail, the scenes were well-lit and there is also a good amount of grain throughout the film.  Lossless soundtrack is primarily dialogue-driven and is crystal clear, with special features showcasing a short making-of.

Overall, “Supremacy” is a riveting story of white supremacists invading the home of an African-American family and what the family will do to survive.  Based on a true story, “Supremacy” is a solid film for director Deon Taylor and writer Eric J. Adams and a film worth watching!

Recommended!

 

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

June 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

“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!

Images are courtesy of © 2009 Boondock Saints II Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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!

Photo Gallery: Talent arriving on the red carpet for the 2010 American Music Awards

November 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The following photos are talent arriving on the red carpet for the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010. Photos by REUTERS/Danny Moloshok, Jason Merritt/Getty Images for DCP.

Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

British singer and producer Taio Cruz arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(AMA-ARRIVALS)

Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)(AMA-ARRIVALS)

Actress Julie Benz arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Singer Miley Cyrus gets assistance with the train of her dress as she arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES) (AMA-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Singer Rhianna arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for DCP)

Hip hop singer and producer Sean Garrett and a guest arrive at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Country singer Jason Aldean arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES) (AMA-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE SOCIETY) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Singer Mike Posner arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(AMA-ARRIVALS)

Christian rock band Casting Crowns arrive at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Actor Ryan Kwanten from 'True Blood' arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Singer and actress Jennette McCurdy from the 'iCarly' show arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES) (AMA-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Singer and actress Kelly Osbourne arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Neil, Kimberly and Reid Perry of country music group The Band Perry arrive at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES) (AMA-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Singer Trey Songz arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

British hip hop producer Alex da Kid arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Singer Gavin Rossdale arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Singer Avril Lavigne arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(AMA-ARRIVALS)

Actress Julie Benz arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES) (AMA-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: TV Personality Lauren Sanchez arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for DCP)

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Michelle Marie arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for DCP)

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for DCP)

Singer Keri Hilson arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES) (AMA-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: TV Personality Whitney Port arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for DCP)

will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards wearing a cap made up of plastic blocks, in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES) (AMA-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)

Singer Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE SOCIETY) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Singer John Legend arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)(AMA-ARRIVALS)

Model and host Heidi Klum arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (AMA-ARRIVALS)

Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES) (AMA-ARRIVALS - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Singer Usher arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY PROFILE)(AMA-ARRIVALS)

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

March 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“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.  Also, the film definitely gets the Blu-ray treatment!  Awesome PQ and AQ and awesome Blu-ray exclusives not available on the DVD.

© 2009 Boondock Saints II Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved. All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

DURATION: 117 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:35:1), English, French (Par), Portuguest 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: R (For Bloody Violence, Language and Some Nudity)

RELEASE DATE: March 16, 2010

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.

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” 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” is presented in English, French (Par) and Portuguese 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 there is also some use of LFE as well.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” comes with the following special features in Standard and High Definition with English Stereo and optional Spanish and Portuguese subtitles:

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • BD-Live Enabled With movieIQ, you can get real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the film.

“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!

The Blu-ray release is absolutely fantastic although I can see some fans who have not upgraded to Blu-ray being a bit upset that the Comic-Con featurette (and two other featurettes) are only Blu-ray exclusives but as this is a Sony Pictures  film and there is a move by the industry towards Blu-ray and Blu-ray exclusives not featured on a normal DVD release are to be expected.

Overall, “The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day” was an enjoyable action-based film. A lot of guns,  a lot of violence, a lot of profanity and just overall, a fun film.  There are also a good number of surprises, especially deaths of major characters in this film which was quite surprising.

If you enjoyed the first “Boondock Saints”, you’ll definitely enjoy the sequel.  Definitely recommended!

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