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THE WARRIORS: Director’s Cut
. 1979. 93 minutes. Rated R, violence. With aspirations of ruling New York City , a gang leader calls for a truce and brings together 100 rival gangs for a peaceful meeting in The Bronx. Travelling from Coney Island , nine members of The Warriors attend. However, things go wrong at the meeting and in order to return to the safety of home, The Warriors must battle the cops and blood thirsty gangs.
    First released in 1979, this version is a tad different than its original. The storyline is the same, but a comic book feel has been added. Rather than just switching between scenes, the screen morphs into comic book panes. Seems a bit looney, but this change makes the story and characters more realistic by making them not real. Get it? Yes, all the cool fighting and running around is still present. The DVD extras: five documentaries (average length approx 15 minutes each) about the movie, including interviews with cast and crew, an introduction by director Walter Hill, and original trailer. The original opening for the movie is shown and boy-oh-boy am I glad Mr. Hill decided to chop it. This was a great flic in 79, and it’s a great flic in 05. – Denis Sheehan



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