Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pride And Glory Blu-ray Review

Pride And Glory Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 22.5 GB
Film Size: 19.6 GB
Film Rating: R

Video

Pride And Glory comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The transfer is a mixed bag, as the film does have quite a look to it. It has a gritty look to it, and filled with a subtle layer of film grain from start to finish. Colors vary depending on the lighting and settings, but range from dull to vibrant. The film is sharp for the most part, and detail can also be amazing when the scene allows. This won't be something you will pop in to show somebody Blu-ray, but all considered it looks quite good. 7.5/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and sounds quite nice. The track wasn't amazing, but it made a good use of the surround speakers when it comes to creating the environment for the film. The busy city noises come to life and add to the experience. Dialogue was front and center, and stayed clear from beginning to end. I'm glad we are getting more and more high-def audio tracks from Warner, and I give them kudos for that. 8/10.

Extras
Source Of Pride: The Making Of Pride & Glory (1:07:06) (SD)
Digital Copy (Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media Player)

We get a nice making of (despite it being in standard definition), as well as a digital copy that works on both iTunes and Windows Media players. 3/10.


Blu-news Summary
Pride And Glory was certainly an entertaining film, but had a lot of faults that kept me from truly loving the film. The biggest fault of the film was how predictable it was, I mean it was always a bit obvious where the story was going. The acting was surprisingly good when it comes to Collin Farrell. Edward Norton brings a very nice performance as usual though, but the film didn't do anything that makes me want to watch it again.

The Blu-ray release is good, but certainly not amazing. The video is a mixed bag, as the source elements don't always translate well to high-def, but then it makes you question how bad the DVD is compared to the Blu-ray. I have a feeling the film looks a lot worse on DVD, than it does on Blu-ray due to the amount of detail that comes through in the Blu-ray presentation. The audio experience is nice, and created a nice environment for the film. Extras are certainly lacking, but everything from the DVD release is included. Pride And Glory is not a film I would recommend buying, but if you are interested I would 'Give It A Rent' first.

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