Price of Glory (2000)

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Released 3-Oct-2001

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Dolby Digital Trailer-Aurora
Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 112:20
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Carlos Avila
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jimmy Smits
Jon Seda
Clifton Collins, Jr.
Maria Del Mar
Ernesto Hernandez
Paul Rodriguez
Ron Perlman
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI $34.95 Music Joseph Julian Gonzalez


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Jimmy Smits plays Arturo Ortega in Price Of Glory, a one-time boxer that didn't quite have what it took to get to the top. We see early scenes of Arturo getting the living daylights belted out of him in the 70s when his manager set him up to fight against an opponent that was way too good for him, solely to pocket a large fee. Ortega didn't fight again, but always harboured a love of boxing and a dream to attain glory someday. When his three young sons begin to show promise, he begins to act like a man possessed to get them to the top. His sons are driven through the pee-wee circuit, winning many trophies. The story moves on to the present day when the boys (Jon Seda, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Ernesto Hernandez) have reached their late teens and are promising to be world title contenders. With promoter Nick Everson (Ron Perlman) chasing after the boy's contracts, Ortega pushes them on by himself towards the big money even though they are having second thoughts about what they really want to do in life. It seems Ortega loves them more as boxers more than he loves them as sons and his family is slowly falling apart as a result. He wants to experience the success and glory that was denied him in his career.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    A very nice transfer has been afforded this relatively unknown title. It is presented in its original theatrical aspect of 1.85:1, and is 16x9 enhanced.

    This is one of the more detailed transfers I have seen for some time. The sharpness level is superb. A couple of minor instances of edge enhancement are the only blemishes.

    Shadow detail is exemplary. Grain is present, but is well-controlled, sticking mostly to the backgrounds. It doesn't become a problem. There is no low level noise

    Colours are vibrant and very well-saturated with a wide-reaching palette. Skin tones show a nice natural hue to them and blacks are deep and solid. There are a couple of minor cases of oversaturation, albeit very slight, in some of the reds associated with the boxing equipment (ring ropes and punching bags).

    There were no MPEG artefacts and virtually no instances of film-to-video or film artefacts either.

    Only one subtitle stream is present on this disc. English subtitles for the Hearing Impaired are the flavour offered. Sampling these extensively showed that they were very accurate.

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Audio

    Workmanlike is the term I'd use to describe this audio track, of which there is only one present on the disc. This is a Dolby Digital 5.1 effort in English which is quite prominent through the centre channel, understandable given the significant amount of dialogue present.

    Dialogue is mostly delivered with ease. Occasionally, the characters lapse into very rapid Mexican-accented speech that can be difficult to understand. There are no audio sync problems.

    The score is unremarkable for most of the movie, but springs into action during the last boxing match with some nice deep bass. Songs used during the boxing matches vary from rap to hard rock.

    The surrounds are used only fleetingly. They spring into action during the boxing matches and quite effectively during a press conference at 82:50.

    The subwoofer receives only a light work-out and is used mainly to support some of the score in the more tense moments and some of the songs in the boxing matches.

Audio Ratings Summary
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Extras

Dolby Digital Trailer - Aurora

Theatrical Trailer

    Running for 2:12 minutes, this trailer is presented in an aspect of 1.33:1 (Pan & Scan). It certainly makes the film look more like a Rocky flick than it deserves. Audio is Dolby Digital 2.0.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The Region 4 version of this DVD misses out on;

    The Region 1 version of this DVD misses out on;

    Unless you are a real fan of this type of film, I'd suggest making do with the local product. The extras on the Region 1 title aren't compelling enough to part with the extra cash in my opinion. (Ed. Many will disagree with this.)

Summary

    Price Of Glory is a fairly ordinary drama, the sort you see on the video library shelves after going straight to video. Sticking pretty much to the formula that all boxing movies have stuck by over the years, it certainly doesn't stretch any boundaries for the genre.

    A superb video transfer and a reasonable audio track complement a disc with few extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Darren Walters (It's . . . just the vibe . . . of my bio)
Friday, September 14, 2001
Review Equipment
DVDToshiba 1200, using S-Video output
DisplayLoewe Calida (84cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationHarmon/Kardon AVR7000.
SpeakersFront - B&W 602S2, Centre - B&W CC6S2, Rear - B&W 601S2, Sub - Energy E:xl S10

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