Having said all that, this particular “ultimate” version is a bunch of horse sh*t! All Mr. Hill did was cut a few minutes out of the original and slap in some really annoying comic book transitions. At first, these seemed cool but they seriously hinder the film after a while. The only other “change” made is a narration likening the Warriors to the ancient Greeks. So, basically this is the exact same version as the original, but made worse by distracting “Grand Theft Auto”-like transitions. I seriously hope that Rockstar (game publisher) didn’t have anything to do with this because I will personally kick their ass! It’s also coincidental that their game is being released around the same time. All of this to say, that you should definitely stick to the original version that’s already out there.
Introduction by Walter Hill: This is pretty much our only real chance to hear from the man himself because there is no commentary. He basically recites the usual spiel about how you probably won’t like this version (which I didn’t) but that he’s throwing it out there. The only bit of interest he shares is correlating the Warriors to a legend of Greeks behind enemy lines.
The Warriors: The Beginning: This feature starts off a small series of slickly produced EPKs. By and large, its fun to see the origins from the book to the studio’s pressing for a white cast. The interviews are done very well and are pretty informative. It was also nice to hear from everybody, which is sometimes unusual. This is as good as it gets for an EPK!
The Battleground: This segment covers the actual filming of THE WARRIORS in New York. Various crew reminisce about their experiences of this “rough” shoot. A lot of focus is place on the difficulties of night shooting, the subway, and directing a riot gone wrong. More of the same really.
The Way Home: Various gang types are covered. Everyone talks about the Furies being their favorite gang. You learn how they came to be from the Yankee gear to Kurosawa inspirations. Mention is also made about the one set (the bathroom) that was used. The best part is seeing how the “come out to play” came about.
The Phenomenon: The best part of this bit is being able to see the only deleted scene from the film, which starts off at Coney Island in the day. Also the composer talks about The Eagles taking their song. Another cool bit is talk about Orson Welles narrating the beginning. Post reactions cap things off. I would have like to have seen more reactions from famous fans like Public Enemy, etc.
Original Theatrical Trailer: This comes from back in the day when trailers were short and featured the balls-to-the-walls narrators. Great trailer!
There is also a collection of various advertisements. Yeah Rockstar, you’ll be hearing from me!