STREETS OF FIRE REVIEWED
“Streets of Fire” finally has its long awaited Collector’s Edition arrive from the kind folks at Scream/Shout Factory. I’ve enjoyed watching this movie evolve on home video. The VHS had botched music cues. The first DVD has crushed reds that seemed to bleed throughout the transfer. Then, there was the HD-DVD that seemed to have humming digital noise in the background. Finally, we’ve arrived at a Blu-ray that is amazing. Still, I would’ve loved to have heard a Walter Hill commentary.
For those that are uninitiated to the film, it’s a Rock N Roll Fable. That means it’s another 80s movie that heavily pines for the seedier side of the 1950s. Tons of killer music cues and what amounts for the greatest opening to an 80s movie seals the deal. In terms of acting, it was Dafoe’s major motion debut and you got to see Diane Lane look amazing. Rick Moranis feels painfully miscast and Michael Pare was trying to have a career.
The less said about the weird chick dancing to the Blasters…the better. If you’re a fan, introduce it to younger viewer. If you’re a younger viewer, watch with an open mind.
• NEW 2K scan of the inter-positive
• NEW SHOTGUNS & SIX STRINGS: The Making of A Rock N Roll Fable- a feature-length documentary featuring interviews with director/co-writer Walter Hill, producer Lawrence Gordon, actors Michael Pare, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Richard Lawson, Elizabeth Daily, Lee Ving, screenwriter Larry Gross, editor Freeman Davies, associate producer Mae Woods, art director James Allen, costume designer Marilyn Vance, assistant director David Sosna, Choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday, editor Richard Anderson, music producer Kenny Vance and many more… (100 minutes)
• RUMBLE ON THE LOT: Walter Hill’s Streets of Fire Revisited – a feature-length documentary featuring interviews with director/co-writer Walter Hill, actor Michael Pare, Amy Madigan and art director James Allen (82 minutes)
• Vintage Featurettes: Rock and Roll Fable, Exaggerated Realism, Choreographing The Crowd, Creating the Costumes, From the Ground Up (11 minutes)
• Music Videos
• Theatrical Trailer
• On Air Promos (13 minutes)
• Still Gallery
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1/2.0 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 5/16/17
- Video - 96%96%
- Audio - 95%95%
- Supplemental Material - 97%97%
- Film Score - 98%98%
The Plot Thus Far
Amid a brooding rock & roll landscape, the Bombers motorcycle gang, led by the vicious Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe, John Wick), kidnap diva Ellen Aim (Diane Lane, Man of Steel). Her hope for rescue lies with unlikely heroes: soldier of fortune Tom Cody (Michael Pare, Bad Moon) and his sidekick, the two-fisted beer-guzzling McCoy (Amy Madigan, The Dark Half). Joined by Ellen’s manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis, Ghostbusters), the trio plunges headfirst into a world of rain-splattered streets, hot cars, and deadly assassins.
This cult favorite features a razor-sharp cast and original songs written by Jim Steinman, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and Ry Cooder and performed by The Blasters and The Fixx. Directed by cult filmmaker Walter Hill (The Warriors, Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs.), Streets of Fire is a rock & roll shotgun blast to the senses.