The Warriors [DVD] [1979]

  • SKU: 32742076
  • Release Date: 04/25/2017
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (233 out of 237)

Synopsis


The Warriors
Walter Hill's hip, super-stylized action film unfurls in a dystopian near-future, when various gangs control New York City. Each gang sports a unique moniker ('The Warriors,' 'The Baseball Furies,' 'The Rogues'), with a costume underscoring its "theme"; each, in turn, is also responsible for one geographic area. Hill sets up the landscape as a massive, violent playground - replete with bridges, vacant subway tunnels, parks, abandoned buildings and the like, all ripe for exploration and adventure. As the tale opens, the titular Coney Island gang has traveled to the Bronx to attend a city-wide meeting of all gangs; at that event, however, the psychotic leader of a rival outfit, The Rogues (David Patrick Kelly of Dreamscape) assassinates the head of the city's foremost gang, but The Warriors are pegged as culpable. This sends the gang fleeing through the labyrinthine city. With every thug in Manhattan in vicious, homicidal pursuit, they must also overcome all obstacles in their way. Throughout, Hill keeps the onscreen violence absurd, exaggerated and unrealistic, downplaying death to an extreme degree; despite this fact, the film sparked a massive amount of controversy and an ugly backlash for inciting violence and destruction in several theaters where it initially played. James Remar, Michael Beck and Deborah Van Valkenburgh lead the ensemble cast. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Michael Beck
    Michael Beck - Swan
  • James Remar
    James Remar - Ajax
  • David Patrick Kelly
    David Patrick Kelly - Luther
  • Thomas G. Waites
    Thomas G. Waites - Fox
  • Deborah Van Valkenburgh
    Deborah Van Valkenburgh - Mercy



Customer rating

4.7
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Warriors come out to play....On Blu-ray!

    Posted
    reconredneck
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    I know this film has been kicked around, all the way back to Vhs since the early 80's. But, this is one of my favorites! I remember all the problems this film had when released back in 79 with some theaters banning it, due to the amount of gang violence, that occurred during the showing of the film. Now 30 years later, " The Warriors ", has been released to Blu-ray with outstanding results, due to its 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode. The video has been scrubbed with no evidence of dust, speckles or any type of artifacting during re-encode into hidef. The Warriors, mostly filmed at night shows no signs of speckles or crushing of blacks, with all characters staying in focus and colors displayed accurately. This truly is one amazing release considering its source is over 30 years old!. The soundtrack is presented in 5.1 digital dolby, which is kind of a let down, but maybe they figured the soundtrack wouldn't benefit from a lossless encode, due to the restraints of a mono soundtrack. Even so, the Warriors 5.1 audio is acceptable and sounds natural in the 5.1 enviroment. Extra's consist of what was presented on the 2005 release of the Ultimate Directors Cut in four parts... "The Beginning" (15 min.) chronicles the development through casting; "Battleground" (16 min.) covers the production and New York location shooting; "The Way Home" (18 min.) takes an in-depth look at the film's climax and its stylized violence and costumes; and "The Phenomenon" wraps it all up with some discussion of the film's legacy and parting thoughts from cast and crew. I highly recommend " The Warriors " on Blu-ray, I think you will agree that this remastered makes the film look like it was just shot this year..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie, Bad edits

    Posted
    GregM
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    Always an entertaining movie, but the Director's Cut additions really subtract from it as a whole. There is an unnecessary and poorly read monologue at the opening, a disappointing change in the end credits, and silly cartoon/graphic novel animations at some key moments which really disrupt the flow and mood of the film. (Note to Director: We already understand that it's cartoonish -- I mean, there's a gang of MIMES shown near the beginning!) The superior theatrical version is not included or available on blu-ray elsewhere, unfortunately. On the positive side, both the picture and sound quality are very good. There are also some good special features included. For these reasons (and since the theatrical version is unavailable on blu-ray), I would recommend this...if you think the changes won't bother you too much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Theatrical Version Is Better

    Posted
    kevman79

    This long awaited special edition of the cult-classic film is something of a disappointment, as the now out-of-print theatrical version has been excluded from this release. While it is fun to see Hill's original intent, I still think the theatrical version is much better, and don't understand why it would be excluded from a product bearing the title "ultimate edition'. Bonus features are ok, and the dvd is anamorphic widescreen, but as is often the case, the new high def transfer appears blatantly 'overdone' in some regards. For fans who already have the theatrical version on dvd, stick with what you've got...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    raw power - from the 80's

    Posted
    chuckie001
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    This was a great movie in the theaters, and it is still a powerful fun piece of moviedom today. I enjoyed the director's, choreographer's, and actors' explanations of choices made, including the comic-style scene transitions, scene locations and methods used (such as circles of "gang members" running in opposite directions to depict hurried departure, and iconic moments (such as three bottles clinking together, with the sing-song "Warriors! Come out to pla-a-ay!"

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    kris24
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    The Warriors is about a gang that gets framed for the murder of the guy who tries to unite all the gangs in New York City at a secret midnight gang rally. They came to the Bronx from Coney Island to this gang gathering and after the murder they spend an entire night trying not to be killed by rival gangs who believe they killed the leader and trying to get back to Coney Island. With the empty street scenes and creepy music this movie has a sort of scary feeling to it. I thought it was a good movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Warriors Come Out To Play!

    Posted
    gfhq94a

    I originally saw The Warriors on VHS over 15 years ago and loved it. While I thoroughly enjoyed the directors cut of this great film, I must admit I prefer the original theatrical version of this fin film. The one down side for me would be the addition of the comic book scenes between the chapters of this film. I only they had both the original version of this film along with the enhanced (at least that's what I;d call), version, giving viewer the option of which version to watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AWESOME!!!

    Posted
    ChaoticStar89

    One of my favorite movies of all time, and for 10 bucks! The director's commentary gives a good insight into how the movie adaptation of the original book developed and changed while filming it. It's interesting to hear about the actor's experiences shooting on location in NY City, and about how chemistry between certain actors/actresses resulted in completely changing the script. Overall, great movie, great price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Old Days

    Posted
    MRSCOTT51
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    Watched this movie when it first came out and loved it.It brought back memories when I was growing up and the guys I grew up with.We use to take public transportation and every now and then we would run into other gangs and have a little rumble or if we were out numbered we would sneak on the el or subway and meet back up in the neighborhood.That's why I like this movie,memories from when I was 14 to 16 years old.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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