Its time I catch up on a few Powerhouse releases from 2019. Badge 373 is a crime thriller starring Robert Duvall from 1973 which came out on Blu-ray at the end of October. The film has been remastered so let’s find out if the film looks good and has a compelling story. So without further ado here’s my Badge 373 blu-ray review.
- Badge 373 (1973)
- Genre: Crime Thriller
- Directed by Howard Koch
- UK Rating 15
- Discs: 1
- Released By Powerhouse Films (Indicator)
- Blu-ray Released: 28 October 2019
Cop Eddie Ryan (Robert Duvall) is a tough NYPD cop that is a somewhat flawed character. He’s bullish and racist in equal measure. Following an incident in which a suspect falls from a rooftop whilst being arrested, Ryan finds himself suspended and on the outside. Things take a turn for the worse when his police partner is brutally killed leading Ryan to make his own enquires.
Style / Direction
The films directed by Howard Koch whilst Arthur J. Ornitz is responsible for the cinematography.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by J.J. Jackson.
Acting / Characters
Robert Duvall plays Eddie Ryan and he delivers a strong and compelling performance as a tough but flawed cop now on the outside.
- Robert Duvall as Eddie Ryan
- Verna Bloom as Maureen
- Henry Darrow as William Salazar a.k.a. Sweet William
- Eddie Egan as Lt. Scanlon
- Felipe Luciano as Ruben
- Tina Cristiani as Mrs. Caputo
- Marina Durell as Rita Garcia
- Chico Martinez as Frankie Diaz
- Jose Duval as Ferrer
- Louis Cosentino as Gigi Caputo
- Luis Avalos as Chico
Conclusion: Badge 373 (1973) Film Review
Badge 373 shows of the brutal world and hard-hitting times in New York during the seventies. Racism plagues Puerto Rican community and the police seem to be very much part of the problem. It’s a tough and gritty world just like that of the French Connection. That said I really think the films treats the issues full on without trying to sugar coats them. I highly recommend you take a look at this one, Duvall is excellent.
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Conclusion: Badge 373 Blu-ray Review
Unusually for a Powerhouse release Badge 373 is far from perfect in the picture quality department. The image is sharp but it does suffer from tiny white marks that appear throughout the film. This is somewhat annoying and disappointing and hopefully a one of from the Indicator line-up. However Powerhouse does deliver on the extras front.
- Welcome To Fear City (25 mins)
- Lethal Enforcers (29 mins)
- Original Trailer
- TV Spot
- Radio Spots
- Image Gallery
- 36 Page Booklet
Popcorn Cinema Rating: Badge 373 (1973)
MOVIE RATING: WELL WORTH A LOOK
BLU-RAY RATING: OK
POPCORN CINEMA: RECOMMENDED
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Badge 373 (1973) Film Trailer
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip not be representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Badge 373 blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more classic crime thriller movies soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
Summary: Badge 373 (1973) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Badge 373 (1973)
Duration: 116 mins
Director(s): Howard Koch
Actor(s): Robert Duvall, Verna Bloom, Henry Darrow, Eddie Egan, Felipe Luciano, Tina Cristiani, Marina Durell
Genre: Crime, Thriller
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Brutal and hard-hitting in a similar vein to The French Connection.