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Streets Of Fire [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray]
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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 Ellens 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.
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Dianne Lane does some of the best lip syncing of ANY actress portraying a singer on stage, or any real life modern pop singer who almost all use lip synching to perform now days.
A young Willem Dafoe is incredibly menacing and Lee Ving (from the group Fear) does a cameo as one of the henchmen)
Michael Pare is Michael Pare.
Also look for Amy Madigan, Bill Paxton, Rick Moranis, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Robert Townsend and a quick Ed Begley Jr cameo. And who doesn't love a very partially clothed Marine Jehan dancing at Torchy's. She was the body double in the movie "Flashdance".
TONS OF FUN. It's schlock, but it's meant to be schlock.
Again, it's a rock and roll FABLE, not meant to be an accurate depiction of a time or a place
The 2017 re-release has very good sound and very good video quality. There is some dust barely noticeable, but the lighting is incredible. They even hired lighting and stage design by people who work with major touring shows like Pink Floyd. Here, the whiting out or blacking out lens flare and light against grain are used creatively. The older European releases are NOT up to par. I just wish the internegative could have been at 4K instead of 2k. Even then many videophiles still use this as a test disk and it was very positively reviewed by bluray bloggers.
First, the release placed against the first Ghostbusters moving thinking an "Action Drama" would pull in the audience not interested in an "Action Comedy." Ghostbusters was so big a hit, it pulled in audiences across the demographics.
Second, the cross genre and cross styling of this moving confused the hell out of your average popcorn munchers. The whole project is one of those rare cross-genres that is almost alternative history in mindset.
Finally, the promotion was following the then in full force MTV path. Problem is the audience that loves this movie is not your typical MTV generation, it had appeal across all ages and income levels. In the now twenty-eight years since its release, the moving has a strong cult following with the storyline, styling and dialog still holding to this day.
The styling is a blender of 80's video, 50's rock and 20's jazz -- all are the most economic boom times in the 20th century where individuals with vision and bravery made a difference in the world. OK, what the hell is it? On the surface, it is called a "Rock and Roll Drama" with a tried but true Princess Rescue storyline that goes back to ancient Greece.
Looking further, IMO, it was an attempt to bring the Film Noir (what some call the Urban Western) formula into the 80's. You can see this in the lighting, the use of an anti-hero of a protagonist and general fatalistic view of society. Also, with Walter Hill directing, this is a giveaway if you know his history.
Turn down the lights. Have your girl beside you and enjoy. Then push or click "Play" on this one. This is one that you'll want to watch over a few times to really get it. Took a while for me. I'm glad a movie like this was made going a bit over the top of your typical popcorn munchers creating a gem worthy of the midnight movie circuit.
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