Saturday, January 3, 2009

Warriors, Come Out to Play-i-ay

I watched the directors' cut of The Warriors a couple of days ago and man, I have to have to say this is one great movie. As a kid, I'd seen bits and pieces of it here and there, but to see it now as an adult, incredible. Most folks know about the various influences on the The Warriors, but it was great to hear that Comic Books affected the Hyper-reality of the film too.

The design, the editing and the characterizations were all viewed through comic book storytelling esthetics and so much so that the only thing the Director, Walter Hill, actually changed for his director's cut was to add comic book transitions i.e. captions and comic panels. It really works well and is a nice nod to a popular art form that most folks wouldn't want to acknowledge.

What is additionally interesting is that this year is the 30th anniversary of The Warriors (30 YEARS! holy crap) and a comic adaption begins coming out this February as part of the festivities. So it's all one big circle in the end.

Trailer, I love the music in The Warriors as well:



rob! said...

These images you're splicing together are blowing my mind. I love Iron Man in the hood back there.

Dean Wormer said...

I believe Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto) was also working on a game based on the Warriors. I saw some shots some time ago and the models looked pretty good.

Swinebread said...

-thanks rob! that means a lot coming from a graphic designer

-dean - yes they did and it was very successful. One of the things folks liked about it is that it had many levels that take place before the film.

ladybug said...

I remember seeing this...can't remember if it was in the theater..or later on TV.

I liked it ok,(wasn't interested enough to see it again) but I'm sure the director's cut was better.

I just remember liking the hero guy, he was cute.

Arkonbey said...

all I remember is "Wahriahhhs! Come out and play-ayyyyy!"

Have you seen the video game?

(and it's good to see Mr. H. Duck gettin' some love)

The Cheap-Arse Film Critic said...

It always amused me that almost all the gang members in this movie were played by dancers. It's fantastically camp.

Swinebread said...

LB – I think it might be worth watching again, check it out.

Arky – I heard a lot of good things about the game. I have seen some video of it on youtube. Looked good. Try to stay away from video games myself, because it’s like crack to me.

TCAFC – Hey thanks for stopping by, Love you blog btw.
It’s funny because I was thinking how great the movement with the furies was, now I know why.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Woah....all these years I thought Luther was played by Sean Penn. REALITY CHECK!!!!!