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Gone for a decade, Terry Noonan (Sean Penn) is welcomed back into the fold in his Irish-American neighborhood in New York City. A one-time street tough, Terry is now an undercover officer targeting crime boss Frankie Flannery (Ed Harris). As he rekindles old friendships with  Jackie (Gary Oldman) and Jackie's sister Kathleen (Robin Wright) his loyalties are questioned and the violence escalates.

Video

The image here is intentionally dark and broody, with some deep blacks, especially within the heavy shadows as well as strong blues and some warm skin tones. That said, everything stays clean throughout and the presentation is initially quite an unexpected success though there is a air few specks of damage from time to time.

Some of the textures and details can look a little on the waxy side and it's maybe a little too grainless at times, hinting at some digital scrubbing, especially in the darker interior scenes but I'm not 100% sure it's not just the lighting and the quality of the print because some scenes can look great and full of detail and indeed grainy, especially in grey skied backgrounds.

There's still a good level of detail here for the most part and the image holds a good display of depth, especially in the wider city shots both in day and night scenes. Sure it's got that early 90s greyness about it that tends to come with the  genre, and the underworld city life isn't exactly hiding much in the way of colour beyond a warmer lit bar or smoky room and this Blu-ray ends up being a more than adequate presentation of a largely forgotten Penn role.

Audio


The odd feeling score that creeps across the front speakers has a tight sound that even within the 5.1 option feels decidedly frontal and confined to its smallness. Dialogue has a real world rawness to it and is very much in the line with the films era but filling out the track are some well placed sound effects, such as footsteps or crackling of flames or the rumbling of traffic.

Given the film remains largely dialogue heavy it can often seem quite a quiet affair with really only dialogue and subtle sound effects running the show. There's the odd bit of excitement with gun play or fights and the eerie score can creep underneath everything. Even when everything is going the layers always remain strong and we'll placed. Beyond those highlights it remains rather timid an this makes it a bit of an underwhelming audio presentation but it gets the job done well enough and presents the rather subtle audio design of the film with very little to complain about.

Extras


'Directing a Bunch of Gangsters' (22:44 HD) is a Phil Joanou led conversation covering the film and it's coming together.  It's in depth and an interesting watch and goes nicely into 'Ed Harris on State of Grace' (03:45 HD) which has the actor throw in his views on the film.

Overall


State of Grace is a Irish American mob tale with a solid cast and feels very much like other films in that period of the Orion Pictures output. Beyond some great performances, there's not a great deal that's memorable about the film but it's a solid slice of the gangster genre and its slow burning plot is a focused level headed affair.

The disc looks pretty good, sounds good, though it's a fairly dialogue driven affair and the extras compliment the film well.

 State of Grace
 State of Grace
 State of Grace
 State of Grace
 State of Grace
 State of Grace


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