Walter Hill’s story of rival gangs in a near future New York, the basis of a GTA-style video game from Rock Star, almost defines the word ‘stylized’. The performances are deliberately mannered, almost to the level of camp, while the film’s structure is almost that of a musical without musical numbers. There’s style to burn, however – especially in this crisp new HD transfer – from the classic opening sequence to the final frame, although there are still those who prefer the original version, without the animated segues Hill added to emphasise the film’s comic book sensibilities. The queston is, can you dig it?
EXTRAS: Supplements supremo Laurent Bouzerai rounds up Hill, producer Lawrence Gordon and several original cast members for an entertaining hour’s worth of reminiscences, plus a brief director’s introduction.