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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 ›
The result of viewing this movie repeatedly with friends is almost always the same: if you watch this at party, count the minutes until slips their fingers into three beer bottles, clinks them together and chants "Warriors...come out to plaa-aay!" And I dare you to listen to Joe Walsh's "In the City" ever again without conjuring up memories of this cool movie.
Joe Bob Briggs used to play this frequently on TNT's MonsterVision. I always wondered why until I finally watched the entire movie and was stunned at the heavy feeling of suspense I felt as the condemened Warriors were stalked through the gritty, dangerous (eerie?) streets of New York City in the dead of night. This is by no means a horror movie; however, the pervasive fear and anxiety that runs rampant throughout the film is enough to induce extensive nail-bighting. (One is almost reminded of another attempt at this urban horror scenario in 1993's "Judgement Night" with Cuba Gooding Jr and Emilio Estevez).
For all of you undecided viewers out there, I highly recommend The Warriors. This one has become one of my favorite late-Saturday-night video staples. And if you, like me, are a fan of gritty New York street movies (i.e Taxi Driver), this one definitely deserves space on your video shelf. It is an action/suspense classic and one that you will enjoy for years to come.
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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 7 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 11 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
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