The Screening Room
THE STUDIO GATE
This is one of those movies that first year film school students dream about
making. Make it violent and drop in as many F-bombs as Final Draft will
allow, this is the kind of film tha would make Tarantino grin. The stylistic
slow-mo shots of guns ablazing makes for Tarantino and Peckinpah envy.
“The Boondock Staints" is now available on Blu-ray.
Over the years since the movie was released, I've heard
various people and chatter about how great "Boondock" was. I hadn't seen the
movie either through renting the DVD or on cable. It wasn't one of those
movies I would rush out to see. I had felt it was simply an ode to all
things Tarantino, and I was correct. The difference here is that Tarantino
puts a lot of thought into his characters and dialogue. Believe me, I'm no
Tarantino fan, but at least he creates memorable scenes and characters.
"Boondock" recycles the conventions of violent movies, but doesn't have a
core. There's really not much that is memorable or redeemable about the
movie. Sure, it's slickly shot and every character is an action movie
cliche. But it doesn't make for a good movie. The brothers, played by Sean
Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus, seem like "Pulp Fiction" wannabes rather
than strong characters you want to be involved with for 110 minutes. There's
no humor in them, nor is there anything interesting about them. They're
bland guys who like to cuss and shoot guns. Big deal.
The bad Russian mafia dudes are cardboard cutouts of every mafia personality
we've ever seen on screen. Willem Dafoe is usually always good, and he's
good in this movie. I found his role as a homosexual FBI agent was
stereotypical and over-the-top.
The Blu-ray, however, is excellent in both picture and sound quality. I'm a
little late to the Blu-ray game when it comes to Fox titles, but almost
everyone I've seen is excellent. The picture on this movie reflects the
rawness of the Super 35mm format. Grain is present, but its perfectly suited
to this type of movie.
The DTS-MA soundtrack is also excellent featuring lots of raw action
soundtrack power. The action scenes have a lot of layered sound effects and
music and it all comes across cleanly in DTS-MA. Dialogue is perfectly
I know this movie has its fans, but unfortunately, I'm not one of them.
Special thanks to Click Communications
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Blu-ray Quick Glimpse
Overrated cult movie which doesn't have many
Director: Troy Duffy
Cast: Sean Patrick Flannery, Norman Reedus,
Extended cut and theatrical cut, commentary,
outtakes, and more
You'll love it if you like mindless violence
Aspect Ratio (2.39:1)
BLU-RAY RELEASE DATE
February 10, 2009