DVD review

The Walter Hill Collection

The Walter Hill Collection

Six defining works. Three are masterpieces in their varied ways: the stylised Pop violence of The Warriors; the painstakingly authentic, stark but tender elegy of The Long Riders (still the greatest Jesse James movie); Southern Comfort’s strange, allegorical swamp survival nightmare.

The other three are as much fun as you can have sitting down: Hill setting out his stripped-down, steely stall with the schematic, laconic action of The Driver; mounting an excessive, explosive Peckinpah tribute in Extreme Prejudice; and pulping Mickey Rourke for Johnny Handsome’s lowlife noir. Uncut’s perfect weekend in.

EXTRAS:3* Trailers, new Hill interview on Extreme Prejudice.

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Rating: 5 / 10

Retail DVD (Optimum Home Entertainment)


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