SRP $19.99 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 PARAMOUNT

"THE WARRIORS" is a surprisingly effective and entertaining drama, far better than its advertising campaign, storyline, and practically everything else about it suggests!  A messianic leader is gunned down while trying to unite all of the violent gangs of New York City as one giant power structure. One of the gangs attending this meeting, "The Warriors" is framed for the murder by the guilty party, making them have to fight for their lives as they try to find sanctuary back on their own turf.

While Paramount and Walter Hill have labeled this the "Director's Cut", there's nor really any new scenes. Hill ha simply added a sequence before the opening credits, utilizing animation to blend Greek History with linkages to the present day gangs.

PARAMOUNT has preserved the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.  Colors are solid and there's terrific detail. There are no signs of grain and it's extremely slick in every frame.

PARAMOUNT has provided a  Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  The music, including the hit song, "In the City" is terrific and well complimented here.  Surrounds are impressive although not aggressive. Dialogue has a few minor instances of distortion.

PARAMOUNT has provided four featurettes and an introduction by Hill.