Plot: What’s it about?
When four police officers are killed in a horrific chain of events, the case seems simple enough. All the evidence points to a notorious drug dealer with violent tendencies, but is the situation that simple? Ray Tierney (Ed Norton) is put in charge, even though the deceased officers were close with some of his family members. As Ray looks into the case, what appeared to be a simple path soon takes some unexpected turns. The reports of other officers begin to raise questions, as not everyone has the same story and some of the officers come as downright suspicious. But Ray pushes on, determined to uncover the truth. But when the truth might involve his own family, which side will he choose to honor, family or honor?
A recent trend in dramas is corrupt police movies, but few have struck the right chords. Pride and Glory is yet another movie of this kind, but despite some star power, the film never rises above watchable. That is the best compliment I can offer this movie, as I wasn’t bored to tears, but I was also never enthralled. This is the kind of movie to watch on a rainy day if it happens to pop up on cable, but you’d pass up at the rental store. Edward Norton is solid in his role, despite some mediocre writing and atrocious dialogue, while the rest of the cast is forgettable. That is a theme with Pride and Glory, as there is nothing here to make you remember the movie or want to return to see it again. Just a passable, but unremarkable picture. As such, I can’t really even recommend a rental, but if you can see it for free, this isn’t a bad choice.
Video: How does it look?
Pride and Glory is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is inconsistent visual effort, as the quality varies more than a little over the film’s duration. Most of the sequences look great, with good detail and depth, but a good deal of the film tends to be on the soft side. But when compared to the DVD, which looks lackluster, this transfer is better appreciated. The color scheme holds up just as it should, while flesh tones and black levels also perform well. This is a good, sometimes great visual presentation, but I do think it could have been better.
Audio: How does it sound?
This is a rock solid Dolby TrueHD 5.1 option, one which captures the essence of the sound design quite well. The film has some action driven scenes, all of which have good power and presence. Not the kind that shake pictures off the wall, but enough to add to the experience, to be sure. The more reserved scenes also benefit from the soundtrack’s skill, but again, not to the level heard in the best lossless tracks. The music sounds great and the dialogue is clear, so no issues there. This release also includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 option, as well as English and Spanish subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The lone supplement here is at least substantial, an over hour long look behind the scenes. The piece is titled Source of Pride and follows the production from concept to completion. While in depth to a point, this doesn’t seem as candid as some others I’ve seen, but it is still a solid watch. A second disc has a digital copy, for your portable device of choice.