Some Kind of Hero

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Corporal Eddie Keller (Richard Pryor) served his country in Vietnam, but in 1967, he was captured by Viet Cong forces and taken to a prison camp. He would spend over five years inside that prisoner of war camp, under harsh conditions no one should have to endure. He would finally be released, but only after he signed an outlandish confession, which he did in order to protect fellow prisoner Vinnie (Ray Sharkey). All the time inside the brutal camp, Keller would think of his life back home and how he couldn’t wait to get back to his wife. Those thoughts helped keep his mind positive, but once he returns home, he discovers his life isn’t what it used to be. His wife has left him, his job isn’t there, and his reception isn’t all that warm. Now forced to cope with all this and start over, can Keller once again overcome the odds and survive?

This is one of Richard Pryor’s lower profile film projects, but Some Kind of Hero is one that no fans of his work should miss. Pryor is given a chance to do dramatic work and he excels, turning in perhaps his finest effort. His performance in the first section of Some Kind of Hero is impressive, with natural presence and total realism. He shines in these prison camp scenes, able to inject dark humor in just the right moments. Once the film leaves the prison camp however, not only does Pryor’s role take a downturn, but the movie on the whole falls apart. There was great potential here, but the movie never fulfills the promise of the early scenes and never develops a real sense of purpose or momentum. But for fans of Richard Pryor, Some Kind of Hero is still worth a rental, if just to see some of his finest work.

Video: How does it look?

Some Kind of Hero is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This transfer is solid, with no serious concerns, but some mild debris and print issues. The image is on the soft side, but holds up well regardless. I found colors to be a touch faded, but still natural, while contrast is decent, but on the light side. So not a knockout visual effort, but a decent presentation and I think fans will be mostly pleased.

Audio: How does it sound?

Not much to talk about in this area, a basic stereo soundtrack that sounds fine, but never stands out. The dialogue comes across well, so no vocals are lost. No issues with the music or sound effects either, but keep in mind, there isn’t much depth, so this is about basic as it gets. Even so, this soundtrack covers the basics and that’s good enough.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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