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Tonight is what it means to be young

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Streets of Fire (1984) releases today on HD-DVD, something we at LAist believe is a big fucking deal. It's one of the greatest films of the 80's, right up there with The Wizard, WarGames, and Adventures in Babysitting. I fail to mention any John Hughes films, since the holy grails of teenage-oriented motion picture go without saying.

Although Streets of Fire failed to recover even half of its original cost at the box office 24 years ago, today it has been given the transfer to high definition treatment that every cult classic deserves. So you're asking, "who gives a shit?" I give a shit. Forget the fact that Willem Dafoe struts around topless in his suspenders at 720 lines of resolution, and instead focus on the fact that Diane Lane is in this movie and is insanely hot -- like teenage-constant-boner-syndrome hot.

Young Diane Lane in high definition is almost as hot as now Diane Lane.

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For those who are not fortunate enough to have ever seen this film, it's about a stereotypical 80's badass, Tom Cody (Michael Paré), going after a biker gang, led by Willem Dafoe, to rescue his crazy hot ex-girlfriend (Diane Lane). To add flavor to the plot there is his butch, psychobitch sidekick McCoy (Amy Madigan) and Diane Lane's unlikely present boyfriend, Rick Moranis (I'm not shitting you). And best of all, it's directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours).

If you want to experience for the first time (or relive) an 80's flick with top notch music (Jim Steinman, Meatloaf), top notch ass-kicking (Paré), top-notch bad guy (Dafoe), and top-notch hotness (Lane), then you NEED to go buy this movie right now, then call your girlfriend/boyfriend up and tell her/him that movie night is on like fuckin Donkey Kong.