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Pride and Glory (Blu-ray)

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Four cops down: two dead, two likely. An NYPD drug bust has gone horribly wrong, and Detective Ray Tierney heads the investigating task force. He already has ties to the case. His brother was commander of the ambushed officers. His brother in law, a fellow officer, often partnered with them. The more Ray uncovers, the more those family ties are tested. And the more the fraternal order starts to fray.

Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Jon Voight, and Noah Emmerich star in a gritty, tension-packed tale of a multigenerational family of cops facing hard realities and tough choices. Set and filmed in Manhattan's Washington Heights, Pride and Glory draws you into a grippingly raw real world...and into a house divided.


Studio Warner
SKU 210490418
UPC 794043128110
UPC 14 00794043128110
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/27/2009
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Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The generic cop movie has become such a tedious bore that when something like The Departed comes along, it injects energy into a genre that, over time, has lost momentum to a dried-up wellspring of creativity. Even as recently as the '80s, when Dirty Harry was still patrolling his beat and the Miami Vice detectives were taking down bad guys every Friday night, the cop story could provide the adrenaline-and-testosterone cocktail that has since been ceded to other action/thriller sub-genres. Cop movies have recently fallen into a formulaic rut, with all the expected plot points lined up like dominos waiting to be knocked over. Pride and Glory, from director Gavin O'Connor, tries, at least to a degree, to escape that vortex. It wants to be different; yet, in the end, the elements that separate this police corruption film from those with similar themes and subjects are those that derail the climax and send this freight train careening out of control...For well over 90 minutes, the writing is as solid as the acting. The narrative generates sufficient tension to make us forget how familiar many of the beats are and the intelligent way in which the investigation is handled makes us wonder why more police thrillers couldn't be like this. The disappointment engendered by the ending is hard to express. There are at least three major problems. Without being specific, I can say that one has to do with an incident at a convenience store, another relates to a fist-fight, and a third employs a coincidence of staggering magnitude. The final 15 minutes are so awful that it's difficult to believe that the bulk of the film is actually decent. Some movies can survive a bad climax well enough to receive a recommendation. Pride and Glory is not among their number.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Review Police thrillers these days aspire to replicate the CSI formula on the big screen. Not Pride and Glory. It wants to be this generation's Serpico...Director Gavin O'Connor certainly understands the difference between the two. Though Glory lays out a complex yet solvable mystery, it's far more interested in loyalty and the familial bonds that exist among lifetime police officers. It also wears its adoration for the badge--and those who wear it--on its sleeve...O'Connor co-wrote the film with Joe Carnahan, the screenwriter of the similarly gritty Narc and the bullet-ridden Smokin' Aces. These men possess such intimate knowledge of "The Job" that I'd be willing to bet either or both have police officers in their immediate family...O'Connor, for his part, makes a number of intelligent decisions. He doesn't hurry his action, giving his absorbing characters room to breathe. He shoots a sullied version of New York that's organic and real, not the polished Hollywood version we too often get on screen. Credit cinematographer Declan Quinn for diving into slummy tenements and low-lit police precincts, as well as modest suburban homes which officers could afford on an NYPD salary. O'Connor makes one false step near the picture's end, and for that brief moment, Pride doesn't feel right...Because of its subject matter--noble cops investigating crooked brethren--O'Connor's Pride reminded me of The Departed, though I preferred this to Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winner. Pride isn't flashy or tricky. It doesn't fall back on incessant double-crosses and last-second betrayals to confuse its audience. When a script is as good as Carnahan's and O'Connor's, it doesn't have to.
Reviewer Sean O'Connell
ReviewRating 9
Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled
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Video Format Blu-Ray
Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly Edward Norton is in top form...Colin Farrell, also terrific...
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC-TV Intense, superbly acted and riveting.
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter The stark drama harkens back to Sidney Lumet classics like "Serpico" and "Prince of the City"...
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun ...overflows with a combustible blend of street sensitivity and testosterone.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Its value is unquestionable as drama and moral provocation.

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