The Warriors (1979) Ultimate Director’s Cut DVD Review

Navigation: The animated menu is very clean and easily navigable, featuring a video montage of clips from the movie, and the trademark synth-rock “Warriors” soundtrack. Unlike some heavily animated DVD menus, this one causes no slowdown or freezing, even when the menu loops. Audio/Visual: Widescreen DVD, enhanced for 16×9 TVs, featuring Dolby Digital 5.1, 2.0, a French mono track, and English/Spanish subtitles for the deaf and/or foreign. The video is absolutely gorgeous, especially when compared to the TV version, and the DVD features the addition of comic book-style panel swipes that seem to be a source of much debate amongst the Internet. Some hate them, but I like them and I think they add a nice touch to the flick, as does the short explanation of the Greek myth upon which “The Warriors” is based. A clean, crisp, beautiful new look and sound for this neglected classic.

Extras: Four mini-documentaries (each about 15 minutes long) detailing the back-story of the movie “The Warriors,” critical comments and reactions on its theatrical debut, the anatomy of the fight scenes, and how the film became a phenomenon. Also included is a short apologia by Walter Hill, the original theatrical trailer, and previews for upcoming Paramount releases.

Supplemental: One drawback I’ve noticed more and more with DVDs are the inclusion of the myriad “Coming Soon” trailers. If you count the advertisement for the “Warriors” video game, this DVD has SEVEN of them, but they’re easy to skip, as is the brief apologia. They’re mostly just a pet peeve of mine. It would have also been nice to have more special features added, but it’s not advertised as a Deluxe Special Edition, it’s just the Ultimate Director’s Cut.

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