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Blu-ray Review: Pride and Glory

Posted on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 7:41 PM. Last Updated on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 1:58 PM by Scott Jentsch

Front Cover ArtworkPride and Glory
Blu-ray
Warner Home Video
130 Minutes

List Price: $35.99 (Check Price at Amazon.com)

This movie is also available on DVD

Available 1/27/2009

Rated R

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  TheatricalThis Disc
Video Format:
35mm
1080p VC-1
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 1.85:1
Audio:

Dolby Digital
DTS Digital
SDDS

 Dolby TrueHD
Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital 5.1

Other:  

Movie: BD-25 (x1) BD-J
Digital Copy: Data DVD (x1)

Disc 1 Contents

  • No upfront ads!
  • Movie
  • Special Features
    • Source of Pride - The Making of Pride and Glory (1:07 SD)

Disc 2 Contents

  • Digital Copy

About the Movie

Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Noah Emmerich, and Jon Voight are members of a multigenerational family of New York City cops facing realities and tough choices. Norton plays detective Ray Tierney, who is part of the investigative task force assigned to a case where four cops are killed in a drug bust gone bad. His brother was their commander, his brother-in-law often partnered with them. The more he uncovers, the more their family ties are tested.

How Does it Look?

Still from the movie (not an actual screenshot)

The movie is shot using muted tones and many scenes occur at night, so getting a good feel for the picture quality is a hard task!

The colors during some of the scenes are distorted to the point where you can tell that it was done to achieve a certain look. An example of this is during a funeral scene, when a U.S. flag is folded, and the red stripes are green instead.

That said, I had no problems with the picture quality. You could see everything you were supposed to see, even in the many dark scenes, and there were no signs of edge enhancement that I could see.

How Does it Sound?

The movie starts with a football game, and the surrounds just light up, putting you into the action. I was very satisfied with the sound mix and never had a problem understanding dialogue.

Extras

I like to see the theatrical trailer included with movies, so I was disappointed to see that it was not included on this disc. The "making of" featurette is really long, over an hour! It was quite comprehensive in its coverage, but I think it could have been more effective if it had been broken up into the subject matter it covers instead of being all-encompassing.

This package features something else that is gaining traction among Blu-ray releases, which is a digital copy of the movie. One of the challenges of the Blu-ray format is that its discs cannot be played on DVD players that people have throughout their homes, portable units, and vehicles. A data DVD in this package contains a digital copy of the movie in both Windows Media and iTunes formats, presumably for downloading to your PC, iPod/iPhone, and Zune portable devices. I inserted the disc into a Windows XP computer and a welcome screen came up and offered to install either the Windows Media or iTunes format and then asked for the access code provided in the printed materials. I didn't install the movie to see if it worked, as I have no desire to watch movies on a tiny iPod screen, or even my PC.

Other Aspects

While this disc is BD-J formatted, our PlayStation 3 was able to support auto-resuming the movie. This is suprising, since I've not been able to get previous BD-J discs to auto-resume. Perhaps Blu-ray disc authoring and the tools used are progressing to the point where this is now possible where previously it was not. Whatever the case, I applaud it! (If you have a standalone player, please let me know if auto-resume does not work for you) Bookmarking is not supported.

Conclusion

Unless you really enjoyed this movie in the theater, I think this qualifies as a rental instead of a purchase. As cop dramas go, this one is OK, but it's not going to make a mark in movie history.

The picture and sound quality were quite good, so I can't complain about any technical aspects that would diminish your enjoyment of this Blu-ray disc. However, the lack of any substantial extras to expand on the movie experience (beyond the overly long making-of featurette) creates a situation where one should question how many times you will actually watch the movie to make it worth buying. It is worth renting, though, so put it on your Netflix queue!

Recommended Reading

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