(aka 'Le Collège St. Vincent " or "Les Garçons de Saint-Vincent")

directed by John N. Smith
Canada 1992 -93


  These two highly acclaimed made-for-TV movies are based on true events that swept news headlines across Canada. Although it is somewhat dramatized to protect the innocent, it is nonetheless deeply touching. It documents the St. Vincent's Orphanage in Newfoundland, where many of the boys suffered physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of the Catholic brothers who ran the facility. When the stories are surfaced with the help of a fired janitor a police investigation is begun. The surrounding religious and political groups work to silence the story and keep it from reaching the public ear. In the follow-up film "The Boys of St. Vincent - 15 Years Later" we see aftermath of the victims we were introduced to in  The Boys of St. Vincent.  The boys are reunited and brought in to testify against the head brother, Peter Lavin, now finally standing trial. Many of them must relive the painful physical and mental abuse they received at the orphanage.  out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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DVD Review: New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC

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Distribution New Yorker Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:32:08 + 1:33:00 = approx 3 hours
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.24 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer (TV Advertisement)
• New Yorker DVD Trailer

DVD Release Date: September 28th, 2004

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Chapters: 20 in each segement


This actually looks better than when I saw it on TV. I don't know why, but I can also see some film grain in the DVD image. Colors seem okay - although there may be some excessive brown in the image. Audio is fine. There are no extras and a commentary would have been very nice, as this has documentary style discussions all over it. Still great to own this landmark film from the Canadian Film Board. out of     

Gary W. Tooze

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