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Colors Collector’s Edition               review by Bobby Blakey

I love films focusing on urban themes whether it is about the gang culture or just an individual rising above it all to do amazing things. One of the first that I connected with when I was younger was the 1988 Dennis Hopper directed film Colors starring Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, Maria Conchita Alonso, Don Cheadle, Glenn Plummer, Damon Wayans, Tony Todd, and Seymour Cassel. Now Shout Factory is bringing the classic film home with the Colors Collector’s Edition.

Colors follows a confident young cop who is shown the ropes by a veteran partner in the dangerous gang-controlled barrios of L.A. about to explode in violence in this look at the gang culture enforced by the colors that members wear. Even now I love this film more than ever. There is just something about the multiple relationships throughout the film that resonates as a whole. Duvall and Penn are great together, but it’s Duvall’s connection to the streets that really makes his character pop. We might be following this young cop played by Penn as he learns the streets, but the gangs have a fully realized culture here complete with a variety of cliques that are essentially the back drop of the entire feature. I love the raw emotion throughout this film from both the gangs and the officers as they all try to survive the streets in their own way. Everyone gives a great performance with it being a great joy getting to see some early performances from actors like Cheadle and Wayans earlier in their career.


If you have never seen Colors you are sorely missing out. Thankfully with this new release through Shout Factory’s Shout Select brand you can fix this travesty and pick up your copy of Colors Collector’s Edition available now on Blu-ray from Shout Factory.

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