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: