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Streets of Fire [HD DVD]

Michael Paré , Diane Lane , Walter Hill    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   HD DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Walter Hill's updated (1984), highly stylized take on biker movies still looks like a determinedly eccentric project that happens to work at times, but not at others. Michael Paré plays a biker who agrees to rescue his ex-girlfriend (a rocker played by Diane Lane) from kidnappers (led by Willem Dafoe). The ensuing battle against a nocturnal background of industrial blight, chrome, and loud music is like some fever dream of a Springsteen fan who listened to the song "Born to Run" far too often. The audacity of the film carries it a long way even after it becomes clear that Hill's experiment is crumbling under its own weight. Dafoe, who looked even spookier back then than he does now, is memorable, as are Amy Madigan and Rick Moranis. Music is by Ry Cooder, with an appearance by the Blasters. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, optional French soundtrack, optional Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars oldie but a goodie May 24 2014
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I remember watching this movie a very long time ago.. and it was great to see it again! It is great to have this copy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rock & Roll Fable Feb. 19 2014
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This movie is one of my top 100 favorites. I saw it in the theater when it was released and have re-watched it many times since. I am very happy to have it in my collection now. This copy met all my expectations. The video quality and sound are first rate and it ran on both the computer and my dvd player. I highly recommend this movie for the fabulous visuals and the great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it was FANTASTIC ! March 18 2013
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I bought it for my partner for a Christmas Gift. He LOVED IT ! then again he has had the music track for years and couldn't find the movie. I tried Amazon and there it was! he was REALLY SURPRISED AND HAPPY TO GET IT !
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4.0 out of 5 stars "You can kiss your baby goodbye." Feb. 24 2004
Format:VHS Tape
If you recognize the name Ellen Aim you know your cult sci-fi rock movies, or, as director Walter Hill called his 1984 film Streets of Fire, your "rock and roll fable[s]."
Ellen Aim and the Attackers are a band that plays in an alternate version of the eighties, or maybe an alternate version of the fifties. It's either the eighties that couldn't let go of Elvis and pre-British Invasion rock and roll, or it's the fifties anticipating an urban underclass where everyone is on the edge of violence. Walter Hill loads the movie with a retro neon look, blending genres, similar to what he did in 1979's The Warriors, where he mixed the post-war social-issue movie with the seventies exploitation film, along with some ancient Greek history. (As Cyrus, the would-be savior of all the warrior gangs, booms at us, "Can you dig it?")
Michael Pare (as Tom Cody) stars in Streets of Fire. Cody's just out of the army in a what-if America that still has the social restraints from fifties Tab Hunter movies, but wallows in the corruption and depravity of Reagan's eighties. On this particular morning in America it's raining and everyone's on the verge of killing someone. Willem Dafoe's first appearance as Raven, the villain in black rubber, fresh from God knows what perversity, to the song "One Bad Stud" performed by the Blasters ("If he likes your baby, you can kiss your baby goodbye"), may be what got him typecast as a psycho in so many movies.
But in a fifties movie there has to be a love story. You can't have a guy without a girl. There has to be a Natalie Wood for James Dean, even if the romance is between James Dean and Sal Mineo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Grows on you kind of flick!" Feb. 29 2004
Ok...when I first saw this movie the first thing out of my mouth was..."Ok...what was that all about?" lol...but after watching it again...and being a really big (self-proclaimed) Michael Pare fan, I gave it another try, and was really suprised that I enjoyed it! It grows on you...it's a "You can't help but love it" kind of film! The more you watch it, it becomes a guilty pleasure! A must see...if you like the kind of movie that you can love, and still think..."WOW...I really like that?!?!?!"
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Terrible Movie That You Can't Help But Love Jan. 9 2002
Personally, I really like Streets Of Fire, but strictly speaking, it's terrible. The script is really bad and the dialogue is some of the worst I've ever heard. However, it can be very fun to watch. The cinematography is excellent, and the beginning and ending concert scenes are the reason I bought this dvd in the first place (I'm a huge Jim Steinman fan). It really is fun to grab a few friends and some snacks and just laugh at Rick Moranis and Michael Pare overacting their corny lines. It also has Elizabeth Daily, whom you may know as the voice of Buttercup on The Powerpuff Girls. I love her! She's a joy to watch. I was dissapointed in the lack of special features on the dvd, and somehow I don't think there will be a special edition version. But hey, it's always amusing to watch corny dialogue transform into corny French dialogue, right?
Simply put, if you're a fan of cheesy movies and you don't take things too seriously, you will probably get a kick out of this film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hear no evil... Oct. 15 2001
Surprisingly lousey sound, especially for a rock n roll "fable."
The better your sound system, the more disappointing.
Figure the songs are supposed to be the bright spots in a dead script... and you get the point.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Streets of Fire Jan. 5 2010
Older movie I always wanted to have. I love Diane Lane and she look pretty good in that movie. I also love the songs throughout the movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, cheesy but the best kind though...
I truly love this movie, even though it is chock full of horrible writing and over acting, but all of this is done in a very cool way. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars soldier boy saves queen of the hop from leader of the pack
"streets of fire",ive gathered was intended to be part of a trilogy by director walter hill[director of 'the warriors'],but poor box office sales,nixed that idea. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by dice.
4.0 out of 5 stars an underrated cult movie!
This was one of those big budget, high concept films of the '80s that the studio had high hopes for but ended up belly-flopping at the box office. Read more
Published on June 23 2003 by Cubist
5.0 out of 5 stars This is My second review but this time on DVD
Back in Oct 2002 i wrote a reveiw about Streets of fire saying it was one of the most influnential movies i had ever seen on VHS. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003 by Alan Tate
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird, unique, thrilling, rock opera adventure.
This film bombed with reviewers and at the box office when it came out -- but I loved it! And its soundtrack remains one of my favorite lps/CDs. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2002 by Thomas M. Sipos
5.0 out of 5 stars Streets of Fire
This is one of the best movies ever made - It is a spoof that knows it is a spoof - very good dialogue and absolutely great music! Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by Chateau Texas, Inc.
5.0 out of 5 stars Streets of Fire
This is one of the best movies ever made - It is a spoof that knows it is a spoof - very good dialogue and absolutely great music! Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by Chateau Texas, Inc.
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