Price of Glory

January 28, 2012 8 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Arturo Ortega (Jimmy Smits) was a world class level boxer at one time, but after he lost his chance at being the very best, his life has never been the same. He had the skills and the will to win, but somewhere along the road, he just didn’t have that extra push he needed to succeed. Now he has three young sons of his own and his first priority for them is to box, to box and do what he was unable to do himself. He places boxing in front of all other things, even homework & their own personal time, because he wants them to succeed where he once failed. So he pushes them and pushes them hard, but he thinks in the end, they will understand why and realize he was doing what was best for them. His three sons turn out to be very good inside the ring, but he has such high expectations for them, ones that no one could live up to. The main draw in terms of opponents is Davey Lane (Louis Mandylor), who defeats Jimmy Ortega (Clifton Gonzßlez Gonzßlez) in a very important match. Soon after, a tragic turns draws the Ortega family closer together and Sonny (Jon Seda) decides he will defeat Lane, no matter what it takes.

I was surprised this movie didn’t do better than it did at the theaters, but it was rushed in and out in a pretty short amount of time. I managed to check out though and I have to say, I really liked the film and I would recommend it without hesitation. I suppose the storyline is rather old and somewhat predictable, but I guess I have a soft spot for sports movies, especially those with an underdog. Perhaps that is why this one struck a chord with me, but in any case, this film is worth a look for sports flick fans and those who are interested in Latino films also. The bond of family is very evident here and though the characters do show some mean streaks at times, I don’t think the father or son characters come off as unloving or cold. The cast is better than you might expect, even though no real leading names appear and first time director Carlos ┴vila handles this material very well also. So we have the core for an enjoyable movie, if you like this kind of picture that is. If you’re a sports movie nut or just want a solid flick to check out, Price Of Glory is more than worth your time & effort.

This film was directed by Carlos ┴vila and though he doesn’t have much experience, he delivers a very solid film. This movie marks the feature film debut of ┴vila, who worked on short films prior to this project and had much success in that field. He has always infused his work with his Latino roots and influences, with this film proving to be no exception. But perhaps the intense focus on that culture that might push some away from this film, as those not familiar with it could miss out on some the subtle touches, which add a lot to this motion picture. I think this film marks the start of a promising career for ┴vila, whom I hope to see more from very soon. The lead in this film is played by Jimmy Smits (Mi Familia, Running Scared) and while he isn’t often mention among the upper level of actors, I think he is very skilled and his performance here backs that up. His character is an uneven one, as he loves his children, but he is also very hot tempered and can be downright overbearing. Smits seems to roll with the part very well and make the character seem realistic, which enhances the film in turn. The cast here also includes Ron Perlman (Alien Resurrection, Titan A.E.), Paul Rodriguez (Race, A Million To Juan), Jon Seda (12 Monkeys), Clifton Gonzßlez Gonzßlez (The Stoned Age), and Ernesto Hernßndez.

Video: How does it look?

Price Of Glory is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, with a full frame version also included on this dual layered disc. After all the praise we’ve had to give New Line on their visual transfers I am forced to just say that this image is typical New Line. That means a pristine source print, flawless compression, and no real problems in the least to address. This isn’t a visually complex film by any means, but it looks excellent in this sparkling widescreen edition. The color scheme is natural in tones, but the reddish hues and flesh tones seem very warm and consistent. I saw no hitches with the contrast either, black levels are razor sharp and detail level is always high. Another New Line disc, another top notch visual transfer.

Audio: How does it sound?

I was pleased with the included Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound option, but since this film isn’t geared for dynamic audio, your system won’t be pushed too hard. The action driven sequences, like the boxing matches, come off very well and offer some nice surround use, but on the whole, this film’s audio is found in the front channels. This is not a problem though, as it seems natural and sounds terrific. The musical score also makes good use the speakers though, which means it has a wonderful, rich texture to it. I never had to adjust the volume to hear the dialogue either, as the vocals are distinct and at a proper level at all times. You can also choose to listen to a stereo surround track, or turn on the optional English subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc comes with a few very cool bonus features, including a selection of five deleted sequences. I was pleased to find them here and even more pleased when I learned you could turn a director’s commentary on, which allows you to learn why the scenes were axed. I am always glad when commentary is offered on deleted scenes, as you can learn so much more about them from the comments. You can also listen to the director’s commentary for the entire length of the film and while this wasn’t the best track I’ve heard, I was never bored with ┴vila’s comments at all. This disc also houses the film’s theatrical trailer and some extensive talent files.

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