Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Like many of you I'm sure, I am a big big Walter Hill fan. I'm no more at home than with a crowd at Cinespia, clinking bottles along with David Patrick Kelly at the end of THE WARRIORS. I love many of his films. From the parking structure auditions of THE DRIVER, to the swamps of Louisiana to those glorious STREETS OF FIRE he really knows how to make a good movie. DELIVERANCE is a great film, but I've come to prefer SOUTHERN COMFORT myself. Sadly, that DVD is out of print here in the states. Very few of Hill's movies (only JOHNNY HANDSOME, RED HEAT, THE WARRIORS & BROKEN TRAIL) have made it to Blu-Ray. STREETS OF FIRE(Hill's inimitable rockabilly/sci-fi opus) was lucky enough to get an HDDVD release(which I own and which looks pretty good), but as for the others it's no dice. We really need a whole more Charles Bronson on Blu-Ray as well. HARD TIMES would be a solid entry to have for sure, and there are so many more Bronson films that need to come out that way. Not the least of which are THE MECHANIC and ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. I'm one of those people who really wants to see his films like DEATH WISH 3, MR. MAJESTYK, 10 TO MIDNIGHT, TELEFON, THE STONE KILLER & VIOLENT CITY come out in high-definition too. Why the heck is THE GREAT ESCAPE not out on Blu-Ray yet(MGM perhaps)? That should totally have shown up by now. It's just silly.