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

streetsoffirebluStudio: Shout Factory!
Year: 1984
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Run time: 93 minutes
Rating: PG

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: A

During a concert, a motorcycle gang led by the malevolent Rave Shaddock kidnap singer Ellen Aim to her back to their nightclub. Ellen’s Manager Billy Fish, hires a solider of fortune (and ex-lover of Ellen) Tom Cody to bring her back. Also tagging along with Cody and Fish is a gruff-up female ex-solider McCoy.

Pulsating pulp streams from Walter Hill’s visually smoking and rockabilly live comic strip feature “Streets of Fire (1984)”. Director Walter Hill stylishly crafts the film’s distinctive texture with great verve, potent symbolism and iconic detail. A storm is cooked up with plentiful action scenes that pack a lean bite and Hill manages to keep it rather poised when the pace has settled. Andrew Laszlo’s loose camera-work colourfully sets up each scene with use good use of lighting and shadows. Also the razor sharp editing adds to the film’s snappy flair and groovy style.

The melodramatically simple plot is bare-thread and quirky dialogues are mostly filled with toughly forwarded one-liners. On the other hand the broodingly howling music (written by Stevie Nicks, Ry Cooder and Tom Petty) implemented gives it more weight, punch and oozes out the emotional input.

Movie Quality: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. This is a very stylized film with various dark colors used throughout. The color palette takes advantage of colors such as oranges and reds standing out the most. Black levels are deep with an ink like look. Details are excellent providing various sense of depth. Scenes up close and when the camera pans away show some nice details. I was surprised how nice this darker looking film looks in high definition.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This mix does a good job from a dialog and soundfield perspective. The surrounds work very well with the sound effects that are used from the score even considering that this film did come out in the 80’s, the music sounds fantastic. Dialogue comes through the center channel very clear and crisp. This is a very immersive sound mix with bass also being properly spaced out.
Audio Quality: 8.5/10

Special Features

  • The Making of a Rock N Roll Fable – A Feature-Length Documentary Featuring Interviews [HD]
  • 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 [HD]
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Music Videos
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • On Air Promos
  • Still Gallery

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

“Streets of Fire” happens to be refreshing, extravagant and a rapidly entertaining piece of work by Hill and co. In all, nothing can beat that killer soundtrack and awe-induced opening.
Overall Rating: 7/10