AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

Be sure to see the film Salon.com called “visually ravishing, tonally commanding and built around magnetic performances by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck… it’s surely one of the best American films of the year.”
AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS was an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the US Dramatic Cinematography award and received rave reviews. The New Yorker stated “The grand emotional spectrum recalls golden-age Westerns, and the attention to tone and texture is reminiscent of new-Hollywood classics, but the feel of the movie is intimate and handmade, as if Lowery were renewing, lovingly and poignantly, the landscape’s ruined landmarks and infusing them with his own memories and dreams.”

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie love each other. They just committed a massive crime spree, but the film opens on the end of that spree. It turns out that Ruth is pregnant and Bob won’t let her sacrifice their love child. Ruth flips out and shoots a cop, but the duo still get arrested. Bob’s in jail, but years later…Ruth is out and under the watchful eye of a local cop. It’s the same cop she shot and he has taken a certain interest in her child. Eventually, Ruth confronts the cop and he tells her that Bob has broken out of prison.

The push to spin a Western out of this is strong, but it’s a Neo Noir at times. “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” isn’t an original movie, but it tries really hard to be something. Ruth Guthrie realizes that she doesn’t have a stable relationship with Bob, but she also can’t romanticize the care taking cop that she shot. The lady knows that she’s living a life of illusion, but she knows that reality will never compare to what she needs. Even if that means compromising the long term welfare of her child.

The Blu-Ray comes with deleted scenes, music video, the director’s first feature, trailers and featurettes. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for an indie film. The 1080p transfer is clean, but it lacks major punch-up. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is insanely clean for a film like this. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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