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Blu-Ray Review: “The Warriors (Ultimate Director’s Cut)”

(Paramount Home Entertainment. 1979/2007. 1 hour, 33 minutes. Rated R. Directed by Walter Hill.) Michael Beck (Swan), James Remar (Ajax), Deborah Van Valkenburgh (Mercy), Marcelino Sanchez (Rembrandt), Lynne Thigpen (DJ). Music by Barry De Vorzon.

Cyrus, head of the strongest gang in the city, is killed at a meeting of local gang leaders, and the blame is pinned on the Coney Island Warriors. Now, stuck in hostile territory and miles from home, the Warriors must fight their way through the worst of the worst to get back. Adapted from a novel by Sol Yurick, and pulling elements from ancient Greek history (the Anabasis, to be exact), The Warriors provides a good balance of grittiness and thrill to keep you watching. The setting is an odd version of New York, feeling both old and contemporary at the same time: the look and style of the movie scream “disco-era,” but the prevalence and tribal qualities of the gangs feel modern, if not dystopian/futuristic. Though some call them silly, I really like the different designs for the gangs, from the Native American-inspired Warriors, to the Asian-themed Riffs, the punk-rock Rogues and the bat carrying mimes known as the Baseball Furies. The pacing is light and quick, never dwelling in one place for too long. The soundtrack is pretty atmospheric, with interesting use of early synthesizers. The Ultimate edition entails a new intro linking the plot to the aforementioned Greek history, plus comic book-style transitions, which, while innocuous enough, were hardly necessary. On the technical side, the high-def transfer is beautiful, with crisp visuals and a new surround sound mix. The disc also features a commentary track and four featurettes chronciling the making of the movie. A star treatment for a cult hit. Can you dig it?

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Jared Counts moved to Houston in 1995, survived high school and college, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Communications (Media Production) and a minor in Film Studies. After being hired part-time at KUHF Radio in early 2003, he proceeded to bounce between...

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