I never, ever, ever mention the quality of Blu-Ray transfers in my reviews and always focus on reviewing the film itself - not the format. However, in this case, I'm going to make an exception, because the film looked STUNNING! ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!!
I'm not going too talk about the film at all here - it's a classic, and I'm sure everyone reading this has seen it, or at least knows about it (briefly it's a 300 style story, where few take on many as they try to get home), what I'm going to talk about this amazing version of it.
I've never seen a Blu-Ray like it, and the effect was even more startling because of the films age. Having always seen it on VHS or TV the difference in HI-Def was mesmerising. It felt and looked like a totally different film. You could see the leather grain in the hide of the Warrior's vests for instance - the amount of detail was staggering, and this Hi-Def vibrancy and detail added a whole new element.
In fact - having watched the extras - I now know it was a level that was always there (or at least intended to be) but only now can technology relay the director's true vision to us. In the extras he talks about his original concept, and his hopes for the film; the comic book feel he wanted and tried so hard to achieve.
One way he hoped to achieve this was with the costumes or 'colours' that the gangs wore, and it's only now we can see the richness of the colours, and lustre of the fabrics used for these. The costume designs look amazing on this Blu-Ray; the silks, the satins, even the oils in the face paints and the shines of the leathers and lycras. Almost each individual grain of grease or dirt can be seen, ground into the individual threads of the gang's T-shirts, are now all there to witness for the first time in this detailed transfer. It's like looking though binoculars or something.
Even the lighting now comes alive in the Blu-Ray version of this film. We can see the original (an brilliant) idea/vision for the lighting at work - again trying to reinforce the directors vision of a comic book. At the start of the film, when the Warriors first go on the run, there is a torrential down poor. And this was because the guy in charge of lighting and the director wanted the streets wet with rain water for the rest of the film. Why? So that the water reflected all the lights from the city streets - and this again in the Hi-Def format works wonderfully as the greens, yellows and other colours from the street lights bounce upwards from puddles around the screen. This was just something that was just lost on me every other time I'd seen this film.
This Blu-Ray is a Director's cut of the film - and there are now added 'comic book' style cuts and transitions between scenes, which in my opinion aren't necessary and don't really add anything, but you can live with them - they certainly don't take away from the enjoyment of the film. Overall though, for me, this Blu-Ray director's cut will be remember for the staggering transfer which turns a great classic into a completely new film... it was like watching it again for the first time and it was 10 times better.
I'm going to have to give this 10/10 - the film itself is a 9... but honestly. I was left speechless. For the first time, I've witnessed what Blu-Ray can do, and why I spent so much on my home cinema system. It's just a shame other Blu-rays don't make the same effort.
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