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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 ...
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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 has traveled to the Bronx to attend a city-wide meeting of all gangs; at that event, however, the psychotic leader of a rival gang, 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 allegedly inciting violence and destruction in several theaters where it initially played. James Remar, Michael Beck and Deborah Van Valkenburgh lead the ensemble cast.
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Special Features

Introduction by Director Walter Hill; 4 Feaurettes: The Beginning, Battleground, the Way Home, the Phenomenon; Original Theatrical Trailer HD.
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Raw, brutal, even nihilistic, The Warriors reflected the savagery of New York's gang culture with a vibrancy that no similarly themed movie had achieved up to that time. So much so, in fact, that during its 1979 theatrical run the film's exhibition actually provoked riots in urban movie houses. As the story gets under way, the titular toughs, led by ruggedly handsome Michael Beck, leave their Coney Island turf to attend a gang summit in the Bronx, where a charismatic crew leader is shot, his killing attributed to the Warriors. The bulk of the movie follows them on the long, dangerous journey home via streets and subways, facing rival street thugs in a series of brutal confrontations. Then-unknown actors James Remar, Thomas Waites, Brian Tyler, Tom McKitterick, and Deborah Van Valkenburg were recruited to play the youthful Warriors by director Walter Hill 48 Hrs., whose insistence on realism extended not only to character, situation, and setting but also to Andrew Laszlo's vivid cinematography. Arguably the best and most personal of Hill's gritty action films, The Warriors has dated very little in the two decades since its initial release; it's just as compelling today as it was back in 1979. The DVD release includes the film's original theatrical trailer.
All Movie Guide - Scott Engel
"Warriors come out and play," screeches a rival unnamed gang, and do they ever. This violent, dark Walter Hill picture is set in the pre-Giuliani idea of a New York that is ravaged and run by highly stylized street gangs. Each faction has not only their owned neighborhood, but also their own costumes and weapons of choice: the baseball bat wielding Furies, the tough girl gang the Lizzies, and the evil hoodlums who murder the gang guru Cyrus (Roger Hill) while he is trying to unite all the factions of N.Y.C. They then accessed the Warriors, who, in turn, must run from the murder site in a Bronx park all the way to Coney Island with every gang in town out for blood to avenge their fallen leader. The N.Y.C. subway system, which was shot on-location, becomes the yellow brick road that must be followed by the Warriors to get home, and a havoc-ridden road it is. Hill plays on the idea that nowhere is more dangerous than an empty New York City subway train at night, making the movie truly scary. Although at times this film may seem dated, it serves as a document of what could have been and holds up much better than the similar-looking Escape From New York. For one, shooting on-location and not using cardboard cutouts of Gotham makes all the difference in the world. Also, the premise of a gang-riddled city plays as a more realistic idea and sparks legitimate fears of urban life. Hill is also playing with several ideas here that will later be more fully realized in his future films, elevating the picture above being just a B-movie. The stark final showdown on an empty beach at dawn feels like the climax of a Western, a genre that Hill will visit many times in his career. Equally effective is the omniscient radio personality that tracks and broadcasts the progress of the Warriors. All these elements, plus the creepy cinematography and artful lighting, keep the film interesting to comtemporary audiences. But it can also been seen as a window into '70s camp. The costumes, music, and look of the actors are well preserved in this time capsule. But the best part is the dialogue, for after watching The Warriors, you will find yourself raising your hands in the air and shouting, "Can You Dig It!" You will indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/3/2007
  • UPC: 097361247540
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Beck Swan
James Remar Ajax
David Patrick Kelly Luther
Thomas G. Waites Fox
Deborah Van Valkenburgh Mercy
Dorsey Wright Cleon
Mercedes Ruehl Policewoman
David Harris Cochise
Brian Tyler Snow
Tom McKitterick Cowboy
Marcelino Sanchez Rembrandt
Terry Michos Vermin
Roger Hill Cyrus
Billy Anagnos
Gary Baxley
Carrotte
Hubert J. Edwards
Jaime Perry
Donna Ritchie
Brian Taylor Snow
William Williams
Craig R. Baxley
Konrad Sheehan
Tommy Huff
Lynne Thigpen D.J.
John Snyder Gas Station Man
Jeff Scott Prom Date
Mike James Gramercy Riff
Gregory Cleghorne Gramercy Riffs
George Lee Miles Gramercy Riff
Joel Weiss Rogue
Harold Miller Rogue
Michael Garfield Rogue
J.W. Smith Turnbull A.C.'s
Marvin Foster Turnbull A.C.'s
Johnny Barnes Turnbull A.C.'s
Michael Jeffrey Turnbull ACs
Paul Greco Orphan
André Engel
Jerry Hewitt Baseball Fury
Rob Ryder Baseball Fury
Steve Chambers Baseball Fury
Harry Madsen Baseball Fury
John Gibson Baseball Fury
Lisa Maurer Lizzie
Doran Clark Lizzies
Victoria Vanderkloot Lizzy
Laura Delano Lizzie
Eddie Earl Hatch Punk
Leon Delaney Punk
Irwin Keyes Police
Larry Silvestri Police
Sonny Landham Police
Frank Ferera Police
Vic Magnotta Police
Don Ritchie
Steve James Baseball Fury
Technical Credits
Walter Hill Director, Screenwriter
Craig R. Baxley Stunts
Sylvia Fay Casting
Howard Feuer Casting
Lawrence Gordon Producer
David Holden Editor
Andrew Laszlo Cinematographer
Vincenzo Mannino Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
Jamie Ritzer Casting
David Shaber Screenwriter
Joel Silver Associate Producer
David Sosna Asst. Director
Barry De Vorzon Score Composer
Fred C. Weiler Set Decoration/Design
Robert Wightman Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Warriors
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Warriors
   Play
   Settings
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         French Mono Dolby Digital
         Spanish Mono Dolby Digital
      Subtitles
         English
         English SDH
         French
         Spanish
         None
   Scenes
   Extras
      Introduction by Director Walter Hill
      The Warriors: The Beginning
      The Warriors: Battleground
      The Warriors: The Way Home
      The Warriors: The Phenomenon
      Original Theatrical Trailer
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  • Posted January 18, 2014

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    Good

    Still one of my favorite movies. The soundtrack is awesome. Although the original cut is better without the comic transition. If you like it that's fine. Still a good movie. Didn't know its based on a book.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

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    Are you ready to rumble?

    Walter Hill's 'new' version of this midnight cult classic is cleaner visually than the original theatrical release. The anime/cartoon transitions add an element that I can live with even if I didn't think so initially. The Directors commentary and his revelation/inclusion of the inspiration from ancient history as to the battles that inspired this adds a twist. Needed? Not sure. Maybe watch this for the visceral effect to start and then step back a notch or so and hear the explanation of the original intent. My feeling is that the film rises above the sum of its parts. The opening sequence is 'slightly' altered from the theater release but still ranks up there as among the best opening titles ever presented. Think of it as a several minute and multiple scene establishing shot. Loud volume and a large screen add impact and immerses the viewer quickly to the timeless futuristic/timeless urban grime of the behind the scenes world of the real rulers of the city. Director Hill's mastery of stylized violence is ever present in this film. Gory bloodshed isn't needed nor present, but the flash of a switchblade and the crumpled remains of combat do litter the visual landscape. Highly recommended for the fan of the pre-CGI story driven cinema.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good for a Cult Classic

    I had never seen this movie before, but I heard it was good. I agree that it is definitely worthy of the title of "cult classic," but other than that I was not terribly impressed. It had a great story plot, apparently taken from some ancient Greek stories, and the acting was decent, minus a couple of characters. I hate to be mean, but the main girl is definitely not good looking enough to be the main girl, and it's not like she's such a great actress that talent got her the spot. In fact, I would have picked one of the girls from the girl gang to replace her. Finally, what really made me give it such a mediocre rating was the horribly cut comic book effects that were apparently added for this director's cut. In the beginning, he goes on and on saying how he hates director's cuts, but he felt in this one instance he was not able to convey the message he intended to in the original due to technology restraints or something and therefore some of the meaning got lost. Well, what he added looked so cheap and was so disturbing to the flow of the movie that I think he lost even more of whatever he meant to add. I've never seen the original, but if it's this movie minus those effects, I would much rather have watched that version.
    Anyway, just to hit on what I did like, I thought the very distinct gangs of the different neighborhoods were a great idea. It was very original. It kind of reminds me of the game Manhunt, if you've ever played it. Also, like I said, the story is overall a good idea, with gangs wanting to unite to gain more power than the police, but then, due to unforeseen reasons, the Warriors end up on the run from the top gangs and police while the lower gangs are also trying to bait them into traps. Finally, some actors from the movie have gone on to other memorable parts, like the dad from Dexter (also the crook/ girlfriend's dad on Jericho) and one guy went on to play T-Bird in The Crow and a mob leader in Bruce Willis' Last Man Standing. You also can't forget the famous catch lines "Can you dig it?" and "Warriors, come out and play-ay!"

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not as good as the original

    I bought it because I am a big fan of the original, however, this version is vastly inferior to the original.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Warriors Come out to Plaaaaay !!!!

    Okay, i will say that this movie is great and a must see classic, but i can't help but laugh at the way he says "Warriors, come out to plaaaay". It's hysterical and the fact that he's clanging together the bottles just adds to the funny factor. It's a must see movie and great to watch with your friends and laugh at certian parts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Warriors: Come out to Plaaay!

    There are so many good things about this film that I couldn't possibly tell you them all without ruining the experience. Just watch the film and enjoy. Make sure you have a bunch of friends in the room to truely experience this film, since it is about friendships and such...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''the warriors'' is bad-assed date flick.

    this is the kind of movie that you watch with a date, for sure. you could potentially get some brain at any point in this compelling and irreverant action flick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Warriors--great movie

    Compared to the R rated movies of today, this movie is tame. The violence is virtually non-existent. There are some scenes with sexual refrences but very mildly, no nudity and no acts. The violence is mild and the only bad words that are said begin with f and end in K.I cannot believe that this is an R rated movie. Today, this movie would rate maybe PG-13. It is a good movie. I would let my teenagers watch this R rated movie but I would not let my teenagers watch some of the PG-13 movies that are out today. It is a cool movie...CAN YOU DIG IT?????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Entertaining but preposterous

    This was the type of movie that you drink beer and laugh at with a group of friends. The picture begins with a gang, The Warriors, being inadvertently blamed for the killing of a gang leader. As various gangs chase them through the New York subways (including one gang specializing in choreographic moves while wearing face paint and baseball uniforms), they insist on continuing to ride the subways. Gee, if 1000 gang members were chasing me, I'd ride the subway and go straight back to my home turf. Sure. I guess it's a gang thing. So - view it as surreal entertainment. There is gratuitous violence, If that's what you're after, go rent part of the ''Walking Tall'' or ''Billy Jack'' series. But if you want campy entertainment, this is the movie for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    RIVITING PERFORMANCE

    ACTION PACKED FROM BEGINNING TO END.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must see....! Coming of age - streetgang style...

    'The Warriors' is a film everyone should see at least once. It deals with the realities of gang life, albiet circa 1970's - the raw contents remain relevant today. I would consider this a 'guys' movie - so for those who are squeamish or averse to violence, you may want to avoid this movie altogether. However, the brutality found in this movie is honest in its portrayal and even necessary to its subject matter, it is not simply added for shock value. The movies namesake gang - 'The Warriors' are thrust into a difficult situation almost immediately. The movies opening scenes beg of the viewer - What would happen if the street gangs of New York City united? Would there be enough police to restore order? - Or would the gangs rule the day? The plot twists and answers these questions with chaos. The assassination of Cyrus, who is the head of the largest gang ( The Riff's ) in the city crushes the possibility of unification and sparks the turmoil that follows. The police move in and the gangs revert to an every-man-for-himself mentality. In the disarray the 'Warriors' are falsely accused of the assassination and find themselves just trying to survive the trip back to their home turf of Coney Island. Character development is excellent during the Warriors flight. True natures of their members are revealed with every encounter they face. The Warriors come across a variety of gangs, ( The Baseball Fury's, The Orphans and The Turnball AC's among others ) keeping the movie entertaining and suspenseful. Many of the gangs are admittedly comical in their attire and methods, but their menacing qualities are never lost on the viewer. The Warriors name on the street is dirt and every gang in the city is being called upon by the Riff's to bring them to a gangland-style of justice. The cops of course, are on the lookout for the Warriors and any gang members they can lay their hands on too! One of the highlights of the movie for me is at the very end, - watch as the credits begin to roll and see if the Eagles song 'In the City' strikes an emotional chord in you, as it does in me. The film has been honored over the years by imitation in many forms, including many modern rap videos. It truly is a classic, being the first film of its kind - and for an obviously low budget film it succeeds in telling it's story with an entertaining honesty few films can rival. This bucket of popcorn is only lightly buttered and the viewer is better off without the extra 'Hollywood' calories. Can you dig it???

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