Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
The cover for Pride and Glory depicts Ed Norton and Colin Farrell as menacing New York City Policeman. It is a dark and brooding cover, which is to be expected of this sort of film, but it seems almost a bit cliche in my opinion. The tag line on the front of the cover is “truth, honor, loyalty, family. What are you willing to sacrifice?” As far as tag lines go, this one pretty well sums up the film. One nice thing about the cover is that it does give the same dark, gritty feel that is presented in the movie, and is so effectively used throughout the movie.
Unfortunately the menu is a static, similar shot (albeit a close up) of the same two characters on the cover. Not horrible, but I always like a bit of originality in my menu/cover presentation, and this is kind of just more of the same.
- Comprehensive Documentary Source Of Pride The Making Of Pride & Glory – The Source of Pride documentary is an astonishing 67 minute portrayal of the making of the movie. It is one of the better making of documentaries that I have seen, as it really presented things at a good pace, and really gave an in-depth, interesting look at the process of making this NYPD drama. The goal here by director Gavin O’Connor was obviously to make a police/family drama with a realistic New York City feel. We get to see first hand the process and headaches that O’Connor faced while dealing with actor suggestions and even last minute changes in the cast. I really enjoyed this documentary, and I highly recommend you view it after watching the movie, if for no other reason than to see the struggles that film making can present.
- Digital Copy– I seem to always forget to comment on the digital copies that are featured with these new disks, mainly because I tend not to really use them all that often, but my boss Ascully has kindly included this heading here so I will not forget this time to talk about it. I am in the same boat as Ascully and Cidtalk, in that I like the fact that we are now getting these copies included with the DVD, but I am not sure that I want to pay extra for the right to watch a movie on my iPhone or Zune. This digital copy is on the second disk in the box, and it works with either iTunes or Windows Media. Like most of these digital copies, you are restricted to installing it on one machine.
The Movie: 8/10
Pride and Glory is another cop drama. It is another gritty look at the way cops deal with the day-to-day unexpected drama that consumes them. Pride and Glory had every opportunity to just repeat the same cops versus bad guys routine that we see over and over again, but it steers into the even seedier side of the brotherhood of police by looking squarely at police corruption. Director Gavin O’Connor really takes a hard look at a family of cops, and the way that their views of duty and loyalty play into their existence as policeman when police corruption enters the equation.
The movie focuses on an Irish-American family of policeman. Jon Voight plays Francis Tierney, Sr., a Chief Detective on the New York Police Department. Senior is an old-school cop who is proud of his family, and protective of his profession, He has a bit of a drinking problem, which is overlooked by his loving family. His oldest son Francis Jr. is played by Noah Emmerich. Junior is himself on the fast track in the department, as he heads up a department that at the beginning of the film sees four of their own gunned down after a call is placed to the suspect that they were headed to question. Francis Sr. asks his youngest son Ray. played by Edward Norton, to head up the investigation, and to return to the force after an apparent “situation” which left the young, talented detective disillusioned with the force. Finally, Jimmy Egan, (Collin Farrell) who is married to Francis Sr.’s only daughter, is also on the force and in Junior’s department.
When Ray stumbles onto a connection between the police murders and members of the department, members of the family have to try to figure out what happened, and how. Pride and Glory is the type of police drama that focuses more on character development than action, and it really has a solid, realistic feel to it for a majority of the movie. The drama that unfolds is presented in such a way that you really get sucked into the story and the characters, and it is an enjoyable ride. The entire cast is exceptional, and both Norton and Farrell are great as the present the good-cop and bad-cop ideals of the movie.
I really enjoyed Pride and Glory, and I would easily rated this higher than an 8, but the ending seemed to me a bit forced and a bit out of step with the rest of the movie. I will not give anything away, but it just seemed abrupt for such a great character and movie build up. I was a bit disappointed that the journey just seemed to end.
Audio & Video: 8/10
The standard DVD was presented in anamorphic wide screen (1.85:1 aspect ratio) and it looked great. The movie was shot in a way as to present the darker side of New York City, and this was demonstrated in the gritty feel of the movie. Even though the movie itself was gritty, there were many times where I noticed great detail even in some of the darker scenes. Overall the presentation was effective and smart, and I really thought it added to the overall feel of this police drama.
The audio was also quite well done. Presented in 5.1 Surround Sound, the rear channels were used effectively for ambient city sounds and depth, and the dialogue was clear and loud. No problems here to mention at all, and even the score, while not overt, worked well with the feel of the movie.
I really liked Pride and Glory. I was a bit disappointed at the ending, but not enough to not think the rest of the film, and the acting, was really great. I may be a sucker for cop dramas, but this one was presented in a down-to-earth, believable manner, and it really made the film work. I would recommend this movie to just about anyone who likes dramas, and with the excellent documentary included, this is a nice addition to anyone’s DVD collection.
Overall Score 7/10