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Pride and Glory Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2009
ImageWhat is it with copy killing movies that make them so redundant?  This could have been “We Own the Night” Part II.  There is no reason to watch this film.  There is no entertainment value, no inventive story, nada.  It just goes on and on and on.  Apparently audiences agree with me as the film was in and out of theaters in about one month and only grossed 15 or so million dollars, probably all by the people of New York City.

The film follows a family comprised of New York City cops on the hunt for some bad guys that killed for NYPD cops.  Oh, but low and behold, at least one of the family members is in on the killing.  There’s a shock.  Okay, well he is not really a true family member, but still he is married to the sister in the cop family.

That’s it.  The rest of the family is filled with real and false leads, and a conclusion that we knew was coming from 30 minutes or less into the film.  Still, the film manages a staggering two hours and 10 minutes.  How, you may ask.  Well, it’s simple.  The film is filled with meaningless moments.  There are so many drawn out shots and pointless scenes that I just wanted to smash my TV.

I apologize to those NYPD film-loving fans out there.  Put simply put this film is a waste.  Colin Farrell – enough said.  The only reason this film gets one star is because Edward Norton does a decent job.  Still, throughout the film you ask yourself, “well, why did they do that?”  The answer is, “so they can expand a 10 minute film in to more than two hours.” The film is filled with moments in which you can’t follow a thing because the filmmakers didn’t even know what they were doing.  The script is poorly written.  Several of the conversations involve so many names and facts at once that you can’t keep up.  Not to mention, it is really annoying when they just casually drop the name of someone in a conversation that we haven’t even been introduced to yet.  It is hard to keep an open mind with this film, but “We Own the Night,” “The Brave One” and so many other NY movies are extremely better than this film

I really can’t say anymore about this film than that.  Sorry.

The video quality is better than the film, but only by a little bit.  I expected a lot more from this Blu-ray release than what is given.  Yes, the original intention of the film was for it to faithful to the look of NY.  Still, the transfer is rather ugly.  Grain permeates throughout the film.  Sometimes it can be overlooked and at other times it is just too much to bare.  The film is devoid of colors, but that is a stylistic choice, so I won’t fault the transfer for that.  The blues are accurate and on a truly overcast, cold winter day, the fleshtones are accurate.  There is a discrepancy in the sharpness of the film.  The image bounces back and forth from sharp to soft and sharp again.  The details and textures get lost in the blacks.  There several instances in which the image looks like all it contains are some floating heads.  Digital noise reduction is apparent in several sequences, as well as minor edge enhancement.  Some minor crushing in the deep blacks is also occasionally apparent.  While some of this is the transfer, much of it is the original print source and the original intent of the filmmakers.  While it may be accurate, it is still a disappointing looking picture.

The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1.  For some reason or another New line /Warner like to make the film start automatically and default to the Dolby Digital audio track that is also included.  Honestly, though, there wasn’t much difference as I flipped back and forth.  The LFE channel is smooth and low, providing a lot of warmth to the soundtrack.  Dialogue is audible but not always intelligible.  I must admit that ambiences are quite good in this film and perhaps the main reason for the film’s high audio rating.  The ambience alone creates an enveloping soundscape.  There are only occasional discrete effects in the surrounds.  Panning and localization of any discrete effects are slightly off, but I’m sure that is the original sound design.  After all, who could possibly tell what direction all the gunfire comes from.

In a shocking surprise, “Pride and Glory” comes with only one bonus feature.  That’s right, one.  Although, the film doesn’t warrant much more than that.  The only supplement is a 70-minute documentary on the making of the film.  It is filled with interviews and the development of the script.  A second standard DVD is included with a Digital Copy of the film.  Snooze.  Next.

“Pride and Glory” is a big disappointment.  Rent it if you are fan of cop films, otherwise I wouldn’t waste the time.

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