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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Boondock Saints" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Problems - Choose The Right Issue...
Two brothers (from the McManus family) decide to rid Boston of its mobsters - one by one. A local cop (Defoe) tries to track them down and stop the systematic killing. But then the Detective begrudgingly thinks - maybe the Irish boys are doing him and the city he loves a genuine favour? "The Boondock Saints" was so well received - it even spawned a sequel nearly a decade...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't Turn The Subtitles Off!
ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS MOVIE! Would have given it a 5 out of 5...

BUT.....

You can't turn the bloody subtitles off and they sit at the bottom of the picture and not in the black lines at the top or bottom of the screen!

Bah-Humbug!
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by Mr. G. Tyler


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Boondock Saints" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Problems - Choose The Right Issue..., 5 Mar 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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Two brothers (from the McManus family) decide to rid Boston of its mobsters - one by one. A local cop (Defoe) tries to track them down and stop the systematic killing. But then the Detective begrudgingly thinks - maybe the Irish boys are doing him and the city he loves a genuine favour? "The Boondock Saints" was so well received - it even spawned a sequel nearly a decade later...

However - fans of this gritty thriller will see that there are two versions of this film. And they should also note that the 'Unrated Director's Cut' out of Denmark is the BLU RAY to buy. Unfortunately the 20th Century Fox 'US' release is REGION A LOCKED - so it will not play on the vast majority of our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which most aren't).

Although the Danish issue has foreign language all over its box - it's REGION B - and therefore will play the English film on our machines...no problem...

With not much hope of an actual UK release - the Euro option is the way to go...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A big surprise, 11 Jan 2002
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This movie is probably the biggest surprise ever. I expected a standard action movie with little in the way of originality. For whatever reason it was not shown at the cinemas in my country, that alone is usually a bad sign.
Those that enjoyed "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" would probably like this one too. They are both similar in the way that they are action-movies where characters and dialogue are more important than special effects and massive shoot-outs("The Matrix" is typical).
To cut it short it's about two irish-american brothers that believe they're on a mission from God. That mission is more or less to put bullets through every criminal they cross. It doesn't matter if it's russian or italian mob, or simply street-walking scum, they will all get a bullet sooner or later.
The story is straightforward, it's the way it's told that sets it apart. The dialogue is great, the characters also(especially Defoe as an eccentric FBI-agent). The scene where the brothers meet the hitman called "Il Duce" is just awesome. It may be bloody sometimes, but it doesn't matter cause it's always funny to watch.
It might not be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it's arguably one of the funniest movies since the old Monty Python Classics.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts big-budget action films to shame., 7 Nov 2003
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Mr. Ed "edsheadsaid" (Japan) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Boondock Saints [DVD] (DVD)
I am a fool for not watching this film sooner. A complete fool. I spurned it because I had never heard of the director, producer, the actors on the box, never seen it advertised - nothing.
Well, let me assure you that this puts films like The Matrix to shame. Shot on a tight schedule with a tiny budget, this is one of the best action films I have ever seen.
The acting from the on-screen brothers (portrayed by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus - who?) isn't oscar-winning, but the acting by Willem Dafoe as a camp FBI agent and David Della Rocco (as an Italian mafia delivery boy) is brilliant. This is the only film that Troy Duffy has directed and I don't know why. This direction and cinematography are nothing short of sublime, the script (also written by Troy Duffy) is excellent and the editing is superb.
Its an intresting storyline, people have bashed it as 'a catholic school boy fantasy' but this is a silly notion, its a fluid and enthralling storyline with no end of brilliant gun-fights and great conversation.
Don't end up kicking yourself like me, buy it now!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Subtitles can be turned off., 4 Oct 2012
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This review is from: The Boondock Saints [1999] (DVD)
After reading quite a reviews on this film before buying I was worried that the subtitles would be annoying but as soon as the film started I just pressed the subtitles button on my remote and they turned off straight away, it was the European version as advertised but worked absolutely fine. Plenty of other reviews about film more in depth but overall I thought it was good and worth watching.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie you have never heard of ...., 26 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Boondock Saints [DVD] (DVD)
..... Was the the way The Boondock Saints was described to me by a friend who kept urging me to watch this film..

He was so right ... Boondock saints is a film by Troy Duffy, The inspiration for the screenplay happened one day when he came home from his job to find a dead woman being wheeled out of a drug dealer's apartment across the hall. Duffy then rented a computer (as he did not own one himself) and wrote the screenplay for The Boondock Saints based on his disgust at what he saw.

Troy Duffy like me seems to believe there is so much evil in this world that goes un punished in world where sin and crime is common place. Criminals are protected and victims are damned by the very laws that should be there to do the exact opposite.

Boondock Saints takes this feeling and tells a story of 2 religous Irish Brothers (Conner and Murphy Mc Manus) who grow very tired at the evil they see on a daily basis, they live a simple life, work hard ect. Until the growing russian mafia decide to take over a bar they call home on Paddys Day .. from this simple bar fight (and the aftermath)... the brothers accept a calling from God ... no longer will Evil be allowed to continue .. by the indiffernce of good men.

They begin a viglante killing spree on Bostons finest criminals ..

Left to try and figure out what is happening to the scum of Boston is the police helped by the (brilliantly played by Willem Dafoe) Federal Agent Smecker. Convinced the crime scenes that keep turning up are part of dome internation Mob war the agent becomes more and more confused to whats happening.

The is expertly fimed .. regually jumping to the aftermath of a situation then explaining how we got there after. The script whilst isnt Shakespeare fits the film perfectly with the end scene being absolutle perfect and probably my favourite piece of dialogue from any movie. There have been some comparisons to Tarrantio in regards to the way the fim was made and the fact the brothers say a prayer before executing someone (which BTW is nothing like in Pulp Fiction and is alot more meaningful). I will admit there are Tarrantino influences but whats wrong with that... Tarrantino is certainly ok with borrowing influences from other films so its no different.Troy Duffys film stays original and brilliant, i probably borrows more from films like deathwish than anything else.

The casting is spot on, Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus who play the brothers are simply brilliant.. The banter they share on screen is brilliant and very funny, they are very likeable and jusr brilliant to watch. As i Said before Willem Dafoe is brilliant as is Billy Connolly as el duce! ....

I could just go on about this film ... there are some people who just wont get it ... that fine its not for them .. to those that do ... In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low budget GREAT, 18 Aug 2009
This review is from: The Boondock Saints [DVD] (DVD)
This has to be one of the best films that never went to cinema. I have bought this film on dvd 6 times. Everytime I recommend this film to a friend i never get it back because they then recommend it to a friend. I dont hand out five stars to any film but if I could give this one tens stars it would get them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vigilante masterpiece, 12 Sep 2007
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N. Reith (Leeds Uni) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Boondock Saints [DVD] (DVD)
An amazing film that many well known websites and critics have slated for poor acting, a sketchy plot and being overly violent among other criticisms. However, if you like shoot'em ups, gangster-esque characters and a pacy plot then this is a film for you!

There is no romance, and it is overly violent...which makes it a great and an addictive film to watch. Based around two Irish brothers, this film follows there rise to fame in vigilantism with a twist of religion, with an enigmatic detective on their tail. Great editing makes this film flow quick, and the viewer glued to their seat.

Amazing performance from Willem Defoe as the detective, and although their irish accents are a bit sketchy the two actors that play the brothers are truly believable, and very likeable.

Boondock Saints is similar, though different in its own way, to films like pulp fiction, lock stock and two smoking barrels, and go.....so if you like these fast paced interchanging scenes with gangsterisms and shoot outs thrown in to the mix then watch this movie!

A cult classic for those who don't fall for that hollywoody morality based cack of films.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film I've never seen at the cinema, 27 Feb 2003
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Sally-Anne "mynameissally" (Leicestershire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Boondock Saints [DVD] (DVD)
A film I've watched and will watch over and over again. Perhaps it's not politically correct in this age of concern over religious fundamentalism, but since the targets of these 'saints' are *only* murderous criminals, that's okay. It involves two brothers (like in the Blues Brothers). They're catholics (like the Blues Brothers). They dress mainly in black and wear dark glasses (like the Blues Brothers) and they appear to be on a mission from god (like ... well you get the picture). Only they don't wear hats or sing and they do kill quite a lot of bad men. These boys are, in fact, just your average, run of the mill, multi-lingual, tattooed, Irish immigrant vigilantes in a city full of organised crime that the legal system is not managing to control. The police are their biggest fans - especially the camp FBI guy (Willem Dafoe) - and by the end of the film, have-a-go members of the public want teams of 'saints' operating in every major city.
It's funny and even moving occasionally. The acting is good (good enough for me anyway). The pretend Irish accents alone, are enough to cheer me up on a bad day. Billy Connolly, the boys' long-lost "da", appears in the second half of the film, having spent the past 25 years locked up in paranoid-level security conditions that would make Hannibal Lecter's conditions of incarceration seem liberal and humane. He plays a sort of sword-of-god, gun-slinger, carrying a huge arsenal. Considering that most people tend to think of him as a comedian and musician, he does "sinister, death-dealing, god-botherer" very well indeed.
This film may carry a message about self-help justice. If that's political, fortunately for me, I'm not sufficiently politically aware to let it spoil my enjoyment. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't Turn The Subtitles Off!, 3 Feb 2012
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Mr. G. Tyler "ViperCrack" (Norfolk In Chance) - See all my reviews
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ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS MOVIE! Would have given it a 5 out of 5...

BUT.....

You can't turn the bloody subtitles off and they sit at the bottom of the picture and not in the black lines at the top or bottom of the screen!

Bah-Humbug!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one day you will turn around, and you will see we three, 20 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Boondock Saints [DVD] (DVD)
i dont know whats with all the slander of this film.
a friend brought it round to mine one day originally it was slightly off putting being as we'd lost the dvd remote so had to sit through the film with german subtitles....however i loved it....and within about 2 weeks of first seeing it, all the friends i had round that night that saw the film went out and brought it, myself included...thats 4 people who all thought the film was brilliant...shortly after i showed my uncle...who once again...loved it

now i know your thinking what has this to do with the film your friend prob all like the same kind of films....we dont for the record...yet my girlfriend also loves the film.

i find it hard to belive how much people seem to slander this film off. its hard hitting and yet funny in places!
its a low budget film yet it makes up for it so much!

anybody can read a review....just watch it yourself and see.
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