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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints Blu-ray Review

Ain't Them Bodies Saints Blu-ray

“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is a poetic bore.

After outlaw Bob Muldoon is arrested and jailed for his numerous crimes, his wife Ruth has to adjust to life without him AND raise a soon to be born daughter on her own.  As the story jumps ahead in time, we see that Ruth and her daughter are being looked after by Skerritt (a former thief, pawn shop owner, and a sort of father figure to Ruth) and a kind hearted Police Officer named Patrick Wheeler (who Ruth accidentally shot in the shootout that led to Bob’s arrest). Things soon become complicated when Bob escapes from jail and tries to reunite with his wife. Unfortunately, his journey home proves easier said than done when Skerritt wishes for him to stay away from his wife and daughter for their safety. Skerritt also has his own revenge agenda against Bob as his son (Freddy) was needlessly killed in the shootout where Bob was arrested. Can Bob start a new life or will he be killed in the process?

Clearly inspired by the works of Terrence Malick and outlaw stories such as “Bonnie and Clyde,” director David Lowery‘s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” is an arty western/love/crime story set in Texas. While all of that may sound intriguing on paper, the sluggish and fairly uneventful story leaves a lot to be desired.

While the entire ensemble cast (namely Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, and Keith Carradine) all give memorable performances here, their hard work is often overshadowed by a gritty, but ultimately anemic screenplay. Despite some vague and open ended character moments (mostly with Skerritt), everything is a little too straight forward here from a narrative perspective. From start to finish, there’s very little doubt as to how it will all end which makes the ending rather anti-climactic to say the least. In fact, the entire film feels that way. Sure, it’s beautifully shot and expertly acted, but, when the credits roll, the movie leaves you shrugging your shoulders more than anything else.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The beautiful, atmospheric cinematography is far and away the best part of the film and it looks superb in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? The movie is comprised of a TON of scenes of characters mumbling and whispering which often makes it hard to hear the dialogue being spouted. Be prepared to adjust the audio levels accordingly.

Extras
* IFC Film trailers.
* 3 deleted scenes.
* 2 teasers and a trailer for “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.”
* “Color Bars”- Outtakes from the film.
* “Behind The Scenes”- A standard featurette that contains film clips, cast and crew interviews, and discussions about the story and characters.
* “The Lights”- A music video for a song by Keith Carradine.
* “Untitled Ross Brothers Documentary”- A fly-on-the-wall collection of scenes containing behind-the-scenes footage of the filming of “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.”
* “St. Nick”- Writer/director David Lowery’s first feature length film. It’s another very arty Texas set story about a brother and sister on the run for something they did. While Lowery’s talent is evident, this movie is a bit of an endurance test. 

December 19, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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