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The Warriors (1979) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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Walter Hill's controversial 1979 drama was blamed for causing gang violence at theaters, but now it looks as highly stylized and pulpy as Hill (Last Man Standing) intended. The plot finds a New York gang having to cross the territory of rivals in order to get to their own 'hood. A sort of urban Western with a comic-book pace, artificial colors, fable-like tone, and broad acting, the film isn't intended to steep us in gritty realities so much as spin a decadent fantasy out of them. Still, this is a tough film with an almost futuristic element to its characterizations of gang activity, and it is more absorbing than Hill's more elaborate youth opera of punk wars, Streets of Fire. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Hill successfully adapted the moderately popular novel by author Sol Yurick who worked with the NYC Dept of Welfare in the 1950's. Yurick used the basis of ancient Greek history and the torturous trek home by Greek soldiers after their leader , Cyrus the Younger, was killed in the Persian Wars...and simply updated the setting to modern day NY and it's raging gang warfare embracing the five boroughs !
Set amongst a hostile, nocturnal world of neon lit train stations, baseball bat wielding gang members and lethal, gun toting women "The Warriors" moves along at a frenetic pace with a fine selection of young actors taking the lead. Michael Beck plays the cool headed, "war chief" Swan, seeking to get the other members back home to Coney Island alive and in one piece. James Remar is unforgettable as the woman chasing, hot headed Ajax...always out to prove his manhood with his fists. And David Patrick Kelly is perfect as the murderous, but ultimately cowardly leader of the Rogues.
Attending a combined gangs meeting deep in the South Bronx to hear the Gramercy Riffs plans to control the streets of New York, the Warriors are wrongly accused of the shooting death of their charismatic leader, Cyrus.Read more ›
This sleeper hit from 1979 directed by Walter Hill created quite a controversy at its time of release causing tension between police and local street gangs. For me the Warriors is filled with great action and memorable dialogue. It's too bad that some of the original opening scenes on the Warriors turf at Coney Island are still missing even in this new Director's Cut DVD version.
For this special Director's cut DVD the picture has been remastered, it's crystal clear and the newly upgraded sound is a definite improvement over the previous DVD release. Given its memorable soundtrack it should have always been in 5.1 Dolby Digital. In my opinion the new 5.1 soundtrack definitely enhances the fight and chase scenes as well as the overall mood of the film. To this day my favorite scenes are still the chase with the Turnbull AC's and the memorable fight with the Baseball Furies, these guys were very menacing looking and they swung a mean piece of lumber.
It appears that Paramount Studios finally convinced Walter Hill to revisit his work and make some needed upgrades for the fans. The Director's Cut now contains an introduction by Walter Hill and some extra frames giving the movie a comic book feel in certain scenes. The special features this time around include four short documentaries; basically one documentary broken into four parts. Also included are interviews with Director Walter Hill, actors Michael Beck, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly, and Deborah Van Valkenburgh.Read more ›
Starring Michael Beck, James Remar, David Patrick Kelly
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
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I have a small pile of unwatched Blu-rays, but last night I was in the mood for something I already knew. After much deliberation, I went with The Warriors.
I like to analyze why I enjoy certain movies so that I can understand myself more, but this one is tricky.
I know that I don't like watching violence or people getting beaten up, unless there's a point to it. I certainly don't think it's cool to watch a fight or someone being hurt. I have no fascination for gangs in general. The acting isn't up to much and dialogue is limited. I couldn't pick out a selection of scenes that were meaningful or memorable. So why do I enjoy watching this movie?
I do like the setting. Released in 1979, it was intended to have a somewhat futuristic look. It still seems dated to me though.
The first 15 minutes sets up the story so I don't think talking about it is much of a spoiler. The gangs are requested to attend a meeting by Cyrus, the leader of the biggest gang. Those attending are allowed to send nine members from their gang and weapons aren't allowed. Cyrus points out that members from rival gangs are standing together without anyone getting wasted. He also observes that there are 60,000 gang members in New York and only 20,000 police. Instead of fighting over a few yards of turf, the combined force could take over the city.Read more ›
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It was good, but with the animated parts in it was bad. I had the original many years ago, it was better without the animation.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I would have to say one of the greatest movies I have seen and now own, in a long time!!!!Published 8 months ago by Kyle P.
This movie was made in 1979, they made transition scenes using efects as we are reading a comic book, it's amazing.Published on March 11 2014 by McFly
This movie just happens to be a classic too bad they had to ruin it with the new directors cut version. The original like this is a classic and now I got it for my friend. Read morePublished on July 15 2013 by willy
It's a classic. I felt like I was in the movie when I was watching it. There's a lot of key phases sampled from it that are used today in Hip Hop songs and other media. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2011 by K. Bourne
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