Pride (Blu-ray)

January 5, 2015 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton and Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Set in the U.K. in the early 1980’s, Pride tells the story of mine workers in the midst of a strike. The film is fact-based and features several great performances and while predictable, is still quite entertaining. Gay Activist Mark (Ben Schnetzer) learns of the strike and realizes that he can be the strong leader of the group and fight the strike to try to raise money for the families of the strikers. There’s plenty of parading seen here and the fight against the strike can be intense at times. The film works because it’s never overly sentimental or schmaltzy. There is a bit too much going on here that the premise if often stretched thin, but I still found it to be enjoyable. We know the main focus of the strike, but the focus does tend to shift at times, especially during the second half. It’s still a very well made film.

I can see some people avoiding this film largely due to their initial reservations regarding the premise. I do hope people will give it a chance and they might find themselves very entertained by it. It features effective performances and cruises along rather nicely. There could’ve been a stronger focus overall, but it’s still worth checking out. It’s also amusing at times and I was reasonably involved with the story as well. I’m not sure how accurate the story is to what really happened, but all true stories take liberties. I wasn’t expecting a documentary. It may not be something I need to watch over and over, but Pride is worth checking out.

Video: How’s it look?

Being a new to Blu-ray film, we should know what to expect and, to a point, Sony’s 2.40:1 AVC HD image looks the part. I found detail to be very sharp and precise, colors are bold and bright and contrast works well.  What I was a bit disappointed with was that it was a bit inconsistent in places. Some of the scenes seemed to have a  bit of movement in the shadows, others were a bit brighter than I’d expected and so on. While not terribly distracting, it wasn’t the picture of perfection (hence the score) that I’d expected, but don’t let it deter you – it still looks good.

Audio: How’s it sound?

What did strike me as a bit more impressive is the DTS HD Master Audio mix. It was surprisingly aggressive in places, particularly at the marches/gatherings. The surrounds chime in for some added support, vocals are straight-forward and crisp and I think the LFE even had a few moments of glory. Granted it’s not showcase material, but it’s by no means a weak effort.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Pride A True Story – A nice little feature that has some interviews with some of the actual players portrayed in the film, the historical importance of what happened and some of the motivations for the film. It’s a nice compliment to the film.
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes – Seven in all, though they were cut for obvious reasons.
  • Previews – Other Sony titles are featured, oddly not this one though.

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