Badge 373 Blu-ray Review – A 1973 Crime Thriller Similar To The French Connection

Badge 373 Blu-ray Review

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
  • Running Time: 116 mins
  • UK Rating 15
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Powerhouse Films (Indicator)
  • Blu-ray Released: 28 October 2019

Plot

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.

Badge 373 Blu-ray Review

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.

Cast
  • 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.

Extras
  • Welcome To Fear City (25 mins)
  • Lethal Enforcers (29 mins)
  • Original Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio Spots
  • Image Gallery
  • 36 Page Booklet

On to my movie rating for Badge 373 (1973)

Recommended Films
  • Movie Rating: WELL WORTH A LOOK
  • Blu-ray Picture: OK
  • Extras: EXCELLENT

Amazon UK Links

Badge 373 (1973) is available out now on Blu-ray.

Badge 373 Blu-ray Review

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…

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Summary: Badge 373 (1973) Blu-ray Review

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
  • Extras
4.2

Summary

Brutal and hard-hitting in a similar vein to The French Connection.

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