May 23, 2006

DVD Pick of the Week: The Boondock Saints

There are some good release this week, but one, more than any other, has me excited to make my weekly visit to the new release aisle. That movie is none other than The Boondock Saints. It is a film that has become something of a cult favorite over the years.

You say you've never heard of it? Well, no better time than the present to become acquainted with this excellent film. The film is about two brothers, Connor and Murphy, who feel a divine calling to rid their town of Boston of evil. They set out about town taking out mafia thugs, one at a time. All the while, they are being pursued by an FBI agent.

The film has a coolness to it, very Tarantino-esque, without being a Quentin clone. It is the only film from writer/director Troy Duffy, I'd like to see him do something else to follow this up. The cast is headed by Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus as the brothers. The supporting cast includes Willem Dafoe and Billy Connolly.

This is a new unrated director's cut of the film. It is a two disk set and features a pair of commentary tracks, deleted scenes, outtakes, and more. Plus, the cover is pretty cool looking, emblazoned with the image of the cross, similar to what the brothers wear around their necks.

Also coming out this week:
  • The 4400: The Complete Second Season. This series is very good, it got so much better than the mini-series was. Their are lots of characters to explore, and the interesting interactions that they have .
  • Bloodrayne. I have not seen this, but cannot imagine it being worth recommending, as Uwe Boll is an awful director. On the upside, it does come with a copy of Bloodrayne 2 for the PC.
  • Cannibal. I know nothing about this one, except for the description at Amazon which implies that a mysterious redhead maintains her beauty by eating unsuspecting male victims. How can you go wrong?
  • The Cecil B. Demille Collection (Cleopatra, The Crusades, Four Frightened People, Sign of the Cross, Union Pacific). I have had precious little experience with Demille, outside of The Ten Commandments, this looks like a nice set to start with.
  • Cheaper by the Dozen 2. The latest Steve Martin hit comes to the shiny disk. Not something I am interested in, but I know the fans are out there.
  • The Closer: The Complete First Season. This was a surprise. I didn't think we needed another police/crime show, but this one brought a new feel to the formula, inturn making it well worth your time to see.
  • The Dirty Dozen: Two Disk Special Edition. A new, remastered edition of the classic war film, time to retire the older disks.
  • Gun Sword Vol. 1: Endless Illusion. A new anime series is here. It looks pretty good.
  • High School Musical: Encore Edition. Disney's cult hit in an embellished edition.
  • Hollow Man 2. Was this needed? The original wasn't all that good.
  • It Waits. A new straight to video horror flick based on a Native American legend looks like it may be halfway decent.
  • Kingdom of Heaven: 4 Disk Collector's Cut. I did not expect this release. I thought the film was very good, but did not realize it did well enough to warrant a 4 disk release. Can't say I'm not interested in a new cut, though.
  • Metal: A Headbanger's Journey. This is an entertaining journey into metal fandom, definitely worth seeing.
  • Samurai Jack: Season 3. One of the best animated series I have ever seen. I love the style of this show, and look forward to adding season 3 to my collection.

What are you getting this week?

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