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Pride & Glory (2008/Warner Blu-ray + DVD-Video)


Picture: B/C+     Sound: B/B-     Extras: D     Film: C-



Showing that good ideas can go wrong, Gavin O’Connor’s Pride & Glory (2008) brings together Edward Norton and Colin Farrell in a tale of police corruption and dark urban realities.  They are two of the best actors of their generation, the material would seem to be a challenge and the two together should work.  Well, they are not bad, but good ideas soon have nowhere to go as Co-Writers Joe Carnahan (whose career has tanked as a filmmaker) and O’Connor cannot finish any original idea it comes up with.


A drug deal goes so badly that several police officers are dead and with that situation, you know there is going to be a corrupt cop somewhere in here and that is what the film eventually becomes about.  The actors do offer some chance for character study and that is nice while it lasts, but the picture eventually regresses to every cliché in the genre, no matter how the actors try.  Part of the problem is that this genre is played out and another is Carnahan in particular is out of ideas, slumming or both.  Now you can see why this was hardly released and even Jon Voight cannot help the film, especially at 130 minutes.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 image is filmed to its credit by Director of Photography Declan Quinn, A.S.C., which is consistent but a little soft here.  The anamorphically enhanced DVD is much softer with larger detail and depth issues.  The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 on the Blu-ray also has some limits, with a soundfield that is not always everything it could be, while you get a somewhat lesser Dolby Digital 5.1 mix on both formats that is not as good.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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