SRP $29.95 1.85:1 DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 
SRP $29.95 1.85:1 DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 

Paramount continues to please high def lovers with their continuing releases of films on both high def formats, blu-ray and hd-dvd.  "THE WARRIORS," a catalogue title, almost 30 years old, holds up surprisingly well, and looks much better than we'd expected it to be.  Directed by Walter Hill, "THE WARRIORS" combines his blend for action, fast paced-editing, and simple narrative, culminating in a highly entertaining, light-popcorn fluff, kind of fun.  All the gangs of New York have gathered to hear a prophet-like figure named Cyrus, a mythical leader with the potential ability to restore order and some kind of peace to the streets due to the awe most gangs share for him.  Unfortunately, the leader of an awful gang, (The Orphans)kills Cyrus and sets up "The Warriors" as the scapegoats. The rest of the film follows the "warriors" as they encounter one gang after another in their attempt to make it back to the sanctuary of their home-turf. Until they get there, it's open season on "the warriors."

PARAMOUNT has provided a 1080p/AVC-MPEG 4 image with 1.85:1 aspect ratio for both the hd-dvd and blu-ray version.  Both formats feature the "director's cut," differing only by a minute from the theatrical version with a blending of animated effects, and a brief prologue making the film's atmosphere more breezy and comic-book inspired than gritty. 

While the dvd version of the director's cut was a solid offering, these high-def formats offer notably better detail in virtually every scene.  Grain is minimal and the two formats are indistinguishable from one another in its depth.  Colors are typically rich and most of the scenes offer a pop off the screen effect. Even darker scenes don't have the grain found on the dvd version, however these moments do tend to lack the depth of brighter ones.

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix for the hd-dvd and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for the blu-ray.  In spite of bit-rate differences, there is minimal audible difference between the two mixes, except in the area of bass.  While not as dynamic as some newer film mixes, the hi's and lo's sound great, but with better overall range in the hd-dvd's Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix.  Surrounds are rarely used, save for some panning effects during the beginning title sequence and a few intermittent other moments.  Dialogue is perfectly intelligible and free from any distortion. While not an aggressive mix, there are plenty of separation effects delegated towards the front soundstage.

PARAMOUNT has included a lengthy documentary and theatrical trailer.