Movie Review: STREETS OF FIRE (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

STREETS OF FIRE was directed by Walter Hill and stars Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Willem Dafoe, Amy Madigan, Rick Moranis, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Richard Lawson, Elizabeth Daily, Ed Begley, Jr. and Bill Paxton. The movie features original songs written by Jim Steinman, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and Ry Cooder and performed by The Blasters and The Fixx.

Amid a brooding rock & roll landscape, the Bombers motorcycle gang, led by the vicious Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe), kidnap diva Ellen Aim (Diane Lane). Her hope for rescue lies with unlikely heroes: soldier of fortune Tom Cody (Michael Paré) and his sidekick, the two-fisted beer-guzzling McCoy (Amy Madigan). Joined by Ellen’s manager, Billy Fish (Rick Moranis), the trio plunges headfirst into a world of rain-splattered streets, hot cars, and deadly assassins.

Streets of Fire is a rock and roll fable that takes place in another place at another time. The movie follows this rebellious antihero who is tasked at rescuing his ex-girlfriend who has been kidnapped by the local gang leader who is feared by the entire city – including the cops! The antihero is joined by a few allies where his journey takes him all around his old stomping grounds until he saves the girl and battles it out with the big bad bully. I know, this concept sounds familiar because it’s been used over and over again in hundreds of movies. Anyway, Walter Hill did a great job telling this story and bringing this rock and roll fable to life on screen. The cast featured a lot of young unknowns that was led by a then 24 year old Michael Paré and a 20 year old Diane Lane. Michael Paré plays the good looking rebellious antihero to near perfection and the same goes for the eternally beautiful Diane Lane who plays this rockstar/damsel in distress just right.

Fame came along in 1980, then Flashdance followed in 1983, and in 1984 Streets of Fire came along and it took the audience into a different reality but it was a place that still felt kind of familiar. It gave off this apocalyptic 50’s vibe is exactly what it did. These dramas all included awesome music but were more serious in tone than other musical movies like Grease. No, this isn’t a musical, per se, but it doesn’t feature a number of musical performances that simply fit right in with what all is going on here. This movie also has elements of The Warriors (also directed by Walter Hill), a gritty modern day western, neo-noir, and maybe even a little Blade Runner, believe it or not. It’s the set design and lighting that gives it this familiar look. Streets of Fire is a combination of several different genres so it doesn’t really fit into just one category which gives the movie its uniqueness. Maybe that’s why it didn’t do well when it first released in theaters.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the fantastic all-new artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this impressive 2K high-definition upgrade were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. Crank this one up when you press play!

Bottom line is, it had been a really long time since I had watched Streets of Fire and I enjoyed revisiting this unique movie that doesn’t quite fit into any one particular genre. This is also the one oddity and standout in Walter Hill’s impressive film career because it just doesn’t quite fit in, but that’s okay. I really don’t fit in much either, but that’s another story. Hill is known for producing and directing so many action movies over the years and even though this one here has some action in it, I really wouldn’t consider it an action movie. Also, nobody dies in this movie! The 80’s was a decade that delivered so much good music and movies that it spawned projects like Streets of Fire which is a part of the MTV Generation and it’s a highly entertaining and rebellious movie that features some catchy tunes. Shout! Factory decided this 1984 movie needed a nice upgrade and they went all out and gave the movie the best home video release it has seen and there’s no topping this one! Streets of Fire is the latest entry from Shout! Factory’s new Shout Select line that arrives on a nice 2-Disc Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on May 16th.

Distributor: Shout Select

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: PG

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

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The second disc is all bonus material and it’s all awesome. We get not one but two feature length documentaries about the movie. The cast and crew talk about their experience in making this unique movie. There’s also vintage featurettes, several music videos that spawned from the movie, original trailer, promos and some images.

DISC ONE:

  • NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive

DISC TWO: 

  • NEW SHOTGUNS & SIX STRINGS: The Making Of A Rock N Roll Fable – A Feature-Length Documentary Featuring Interviews With Director/Co-writer Walter Hill, Producer Lawrence Gordon, Actors Michael Paré, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Richard Lawson, Elizabeth Daily, Lee Ving, Screenwriter Larry Gross, Editor Freeman Davies, Associate Producer Mae Woods, Art Director James Allen, Costume Designer Marilyn Vance, Assistant Director David Sosna, Choreographer Jeffrey Hornaday, Sound Editor Richard Anderson, Music Producer Kenny Vance And Many More… (1:40:23)
  • RUMBLE ON THE LOT: Walter Hill’s Streets Of Fire Revisited – A Feature-Length Documentary Featuring Interviews With Director/Co-writer Walter Hill, Actor Michael Paré, Amy Madigan And Art Director James Allen
  • Vintage Featurettes: Rock And Roll Fable, Exaggerated Realism, Choreographing The Crowd, Creating The Costumes, From The Ground Up (10:43)
  • Music Videos (08:39)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:25)
  • On Air Promos (13:12)
  • Still Gallery (10:22)

 

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