Streets Of Fire
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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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Even after watching Streets of Fire more than a dozen times, I am still brought to bouncing excitement by the story and dialogue. I've gotten my wife hooked on the Fire Inc/ Ellen Aim songs. I've bought copies for friends. I might even buy copies for my enemies. Just go watch this movie. If you're not utterly dead inside, you will at least have fun with it.
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.
The film is visually stunning, set in some amazing undefined past era with the screen bathed in neon light. Like Walter Hill’s previous film “The Warriors”, this owes less to the real world and far more to graphic novels. With “Streets of Fire” it even borrows its main story from the western genre and its anti-hero is dressed in a coat that looks like it came from Hill’s western “The Long Riders”. The dialogue is stylised as is the acting with its cast doing a great job. Michael Pare looks great and plays the role as the somewhat dumb anti-hero with his heart in the right place exactly as the part needed. Diane Lane looks tremendous as the female lead especially during the stage sequences: the climactic scene in that red dress is awesome! Willem Defoe is terrific as the villain though I have never warmed to the idiosyncratic clothing he wore. The film has a really visceral climatic fight sequence with sledge hammers. The film’s back bone is its awesome music that drives the film. Apart from the very effective songs, the score by the wonderful Ry Cooder is excellent: it’s a pity so little of his score has ever been released on CD.
The Earlier UK blu ray release was an awful disappointment. The picture was far too grainy. There was also a fundamental problem with the 5.1 sound: nothing out of the rear channels!
Shout Factory’s new release is far better than the UK version. The picture is as good as you could expect from an 80’s film. The 5.1 mix is well-reproduced, with those amazing wipes swishing round the rears, but don’t expect it to sound as good and well-defined as a modern film. All of the UK extras are included on the second disc plus a brand new 100 minute documentary. Although there is some duplication with the UK 80 minute documentary, there is plenty new to make it worth seeing both.
An excellent release from Shout.