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PRIDE AND GLORY ($36) is an entertaining, albeit predictable, cop drama that is elevated by a highly talented cast that bring the characters to life. The premise of PRIDE AND GLORY centers a family of New York City police officers, whose way of life is shaken, when four fellow officers are gunned down in the line of duty. In the aftermath of a bloody ambush, Chief of Detectives Francis Tierney (Jon Voight) assigns his younger son Ray (Edward Norton) to head up the investigation into execution of four the police officers that served under his older son, Francis Jr. (Noah Emmerich). While the evidence initially points to a drug dealer named Angel Tezo (Ramon Rodriguez), Ray take the investigation to the next level discovers indications of police corruption, which ultimately lead back to his brother-in-law, Jimmy Eagan (Colin Farrell), as well as several other cops. Considering that all of this corruption is taking place inside a precinct under his brotherís watch, Ray is left with a moral dilemma of whether or not to report the evidence that he has uncovered. The cast of PRIDE AND GLORY also features Jennifer Ehle, John Ortiz, Frank Grillo, Shea Whigham, Lake Bell, Carmen Ejogo, Manny Perez and Wayne Duvall.

New Line Home Entertainment has made PRIDE AND GLORY available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. The 1080p presentation does a good job with the stylized cinematography, but PRIDE AND GLORY is far removed from the realm of eye popping high definition demos. Image sharpness, fine detail and dimensionality are all quite respectable for high definition, but this disc is not going to blow anyone away. Additionally, there are moments that do come across as mildly soft, but never to a distracting degree. The color scheme favors a cooler palette, with a slight skewing of some of the hues to the wintry setting. Interiors come across more warmly than exteriors and flesh tones sometimes take on a ruddy appearance. Blacks are reasonably accurate, while the whites appear crisp. Contrast and shadow detail fall under the more stylized aspects of the cinematography, so they look good within context. The elements from which PRIDE AND GLORY has been mastered are pretty much without flaws. An appropriate level of grain is apparent in the image.

PRIDE AND GLORY is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. As PRIDE AND GLORY is a primarily a talky drama, the sound design isn't particularly aggressive or immersive. Occasional active sound effects are deployed to the outlying channels. Separations mostly notable across the front, some active sounds do find their way to the rear. Additionally, certain moments have more ambience and background sounds than others. The bass channel mostly keeps things grounded, while there are a few moments requiring a bit more impact. Dialogue is fairly crisp and generally easy to understand. An English Dolby Digital 5.1 channel track has also been provided, as have English and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as, as well as the sole supplement- Source Of Pride: The Making Of Pride And Glory, a sixty-seven minute documentary that looks at the production in excellent detail.

As cop dramas go, PRIDE AND GLORY doesnít break any new ground, but is well served by an excellent ensemble cast. The Blu-ray presentation does a good job with the filmís intended look, but this isnít a title one will be popping in their player to show off the virtues of hi-def.



Pride and Glory (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] (2008)


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