Halloween 4 holds that title), it's a film that should be required viewing for anyone who needs to witness a masterclass on acting/telling one hell of a story. We took a look at this gem of a release and hear you me, it definitely holds up.
Giving us the age old approach of pairing a veteran character with a cocky, arrogant one, Colors pairs Robert Duvall's Bob Hodges with that of Sean Penn's Danny McGavin, a young police officer recently assigned to the special task force of attempting to put an end to gangs around Los Angeles. While Hodges tries to reason with gang members in an attempt to get them change their ways, McGavin is the opposite of subtle, getting physical and even going as far as spraying paint cans in gang members' faces. It's that yin and yang to the film that gives us something to latch onto and follow with excited eyes. There's a push and pull to the two men, and though they have similar hopes for cleaning the streets, the differences in their approach makes for a team-up that is one of the best within the gangster drama subgenre. Films like Blood in Blood Out, Boyz N the Hood and so on shine a light on the lives of the gangsters themselves and their surroundings, but what Colors does an excellent job of doing is allowing us as viewers to really look at the subgenre through the eyes of the people trying to stop it. It's refreshing and an approach that really helps set the film apart from the majority of similar films.
Colors is an excellent film, one that, like Easy Rider and The Last Movie, really showed how great of a director Dennis Hopper was. It's a great look at the war between two sides of people and also a look at the war inside of the people fighting it.
Blu-ray release date: March 7, 2017
DTS HD 2.0 Master Audio (English)
Blu-ray Bonus Features:
"Cry of Alarm" Featurette
"Cops and Robbers" Featurette