Movie Review: COLORS (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

COLORS was directed by Dennis Hopper and stars Robert Duvall, Sean Penn, Maria Conchita Alonso, Damon Wayans, and Don Cheadle.

In the ‘hood, all that matters are your colors… Bob Hodges (Robert Duvall) is a seasoned street cop who has learned a lot from long experience while his new, young partner, Danny McGavin (Sean Penn), has learned nothing – yet knows it all. Forced to work together in the L.A.P.D.’s renowned C.R.A.S.H. anti-gang unit, they set out to investigate a brutal gang murder. Hated and hunted by both sides, the cops soon find themselves trapped in the middle of a turf war. With nowhere to turn, they are ambushed, double-crossed and shot at in a take-no-prisoners street battle. As the violence escalates, these two diametrically opposed men must come to terms with one important fact – to stay alive they must come together!

We’ve gotten plenty of cops and robbers movies over the years so what Colors is, is an updated version of the old school good guy versus bad guy scenerio that’s set in the late 80’s. It also has a touch of good cop, bad cop to it as well. This 1988 crime-thriller follows a veteran cop who partners up with a hot head rookie who thinks he knows everything. It’s old school and new school as they try to counter these rival gangs that are killing each other every chance they get. The two don’t get a long at all and handle situations completely differently. There’s some valuable lessons learned between this uncomfortable partnership as the story plays out. Dennis Hopper captures the grittiness and violent nature of this gang movement as well as the intense and sometimes emotional performances by this talented cast led by Robert Duvall and Sean Penn. I really enjoyed the interaction between these two lead characters. The veteran cop is trying to teach the hot head some valuable lessons but the rookie doesn’t really get it until it’s too late.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were really good. This isn’t a new high-def upgrade but honestly one wasn’t need for this release. I didn’t really have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I enjoyed revisiting Colors and I even remember watching this one at the theater as a kid. Of course, the biggest thing that stuck with me over the years was the cool soundtrack. A lot of people will recognize the music that was featured this movie! Dennis Hopper was more known as one of the “tough guys” from the Golden Age of Hollywood who acted in over 200 films. He directed less than 10 feature films with Colors being one of them. In each film he would tackle a completely different subject and with Colors he stepped up to the plate and took on the controversial gang wars in Los Angeles. Remember the Bloods and the Crips aka the reds versus blues? This is also when gangster rap rose from the hood and was really getting popular and that’s why the soundtrack for this movie fits so perfectly. It was a controversial move for Hopper to direct a movie like this but with the talented cast assembled, he pretty much delivered an intense film that captured what was going on with these rival gangs and the police assigned to try and keep this dangerous part of L.A. safe for the rest of the locals. Colors makes its UNRATED Blu-ray debut on March 7th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Shout Select

Run Time: 127 Minutes

Rated: Unrated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: This Blu-ray debut of Colors features the unrated cut of the movie. The extras include two interviews and the trailer.

  • The Unrated Cut Of The Film, Including Footage Restored From The International Cut And The Original Home Video Cut
  • “A Cry Of Alarm” – An Interview With Screenwriter Michael Schiffer (28:46)
  • “Cops And Robbers” – An Interview With Technical Advisor/Ex-L.A.P.D. Gang Division Dennis Fanning (16:53)
  • Trailer (01:53)



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