The cast consistently elevates the mildly familiar proceedings, with the two young leads as the clear standouts. (Veterans like Jodie Foster and Vincent D’Onofrio offer great work in supporting roles as well) Emile Hirsch is a name you may not be familiar with, but if his turn here is any indication of his skill – you can expect to hear his name again soon. Kieran Culkin is nothing short of a revelation (amazing that someone from this gene pool actually has some acting talent), and young cutie Jena Malone delivers a wounded performance that capably holds the flick together. Best suited for those who can recall their stifling and intense Catholic School education from back in the day, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS is certainly a worthwhile way to spend 90-some minutes. Despite a few solid laughs, a couple of effective remembrances, and a finale that strives for more drama than the film can capably support – the movie definitely deserves a look.
Another cool inclusion is the Animated Scenes Collection, which collates all the ‘comic book bits’ into one handy package. These scenes are offered with or without audio commentary by animator Todd McFarlane. Anatomy of a Scene comes courtesy of The Sundance Channel and delivers a sequence in ‘rehearsal form’. But that’s not nearly all! There’s a whole boatload of little extras yet to discover! Production Notes, Cast and Crew Bios/Interviews, Deleted Scenes, theatrical trailers, TV spots, and a trailer gallery! CTHV can never be accused of short-changing their ‘little’ flicks, and fans of the movie should consider this DVD an absolute must-own.