Deliverance 1972 Subtitles

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Adapted from James Dickey's popular novel, John Boorman's 1972 movie recounts the grueling psychological and physical journey taken by four city slickers down a river in the backwoods of Georgia. At the behest of Iron John-esque Lewis (Burt Reynolds), the less adventuresome Ed (Jon Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) agree to canoe down an uncharted section of the river before a d...

Starring:
Ronny Cox,Ned Beatty
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director John Boorman
Starring Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty
Supporting actors Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ed O'Neill
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The movie - based on James Dickey's book (Deliverance) - follows a group of four Atlanta citiboys going on a weekend canoeing trip on the Chatooga river, as a farewell to the wilderness there, before a dam would submerge the whole section under a lake. While it all looks fairly benign to start off with, one has a premonition of darker things to come. On top, even if you have not yet seen the movie, it is almost impossible not to have gotten certain details passed on by now - given the classic status enjoyed by the film. If you enjoyed Southern Comfort [DVD], this is definitely the next step up both in quality, as well as in the brutality and shock value (it is certainly the most brutal 70s movie I have seen to date).

The story, and the man versus nature theme, however, are merely a background for a much more interesting theme of how people react when they are way out of their comfort zones, at breaking point, so to speak. And in this aspect the movie really delivers (pun intended), and may, along with The Experiment [DVD] [2002], be one of the best in class. Lewis (Burt Reynolds) is a 'tough guy' from the start, the others, however need to find their steel in the situation and overcome 'buck fever'.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By U Dick VINE VOICE on 28 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
This film is an intense cinematic experience. It follows four city boys trip into the wild backwoods of rural America for a canoe trip on a river that is shortly to be dammed. What they find there is a lawless place populated by small minded locals and an unforgiving journey down stream. The story, the direction and the acting all come together to produce a film that will unsettle you. The scenes in the backwoods have a geniune sense of isolation and the rapid change of the characters from city business men into ruthless savages is very well done. The famous abduction scene was groundbreaking at the time and obviously was a big influence on "Pulp Fiction".

This special edition also includes a four part retrospective documentary, with interviews with the director and the four lead actors and is a fascinating look at the making of the film and the impact on film culture and the actors subsequent careers. There is a contemporary making of documentary as well and a director`s commentary. An excellent package.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By John Wilfers on 10 May 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Wow. Where do you start with a movie as good as this? The cast are perfect (they've all been in so many movies since, it's hard to believe most of them were unknowns at the time). Burt Reynolds was never better than he is in this movie. If you only know him for his good-ole-boy comedies, you'll be surprised at how good he is here in a serious dramatic role (without his trademark moustache!). He wouldn't get anything approaching the quality of this role until "Boogie Nights."

This film is not just full of memorable moments, they burn themselves into your brain and stay there forever. The deformed, in-bred hillbillies at the start, the "Duelling Banjos" scene with that withered kid, the awful, protracted male rape and the bloody revenge taken for it, Drew's arm being impossibly bent back behind his head, the nerve-shredding interrogations by intimidating Southern sheriffs and the ghostly hand from the water at the end. Even the smaller moments are unusual too, e.g. the snake slithering up the river in a handheld shot.

The film has been beautifully remastered so you can see the shimmering river in all its glory as the director intended (I've seen some very old, scratchy and muddy prints of this picture over the years and its about time "Deliverance" got the remastering treatment). The sound has been cleaned up too and you can hear the voices of the men all around you now and the pleasant sounds of the river gushing past in glorious Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (I wish I could see this movie in a cinema, I never have before).

The four documentaries are terrific on this DVD. They are almost worth the purchase price alone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Stewart on 23 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I will keep this review short and talk about the blu ray as everyone knows this classic film this us import blu ray is region free and plays perfectely on my uk sony blu ray player.

The 1080p picture is good and is the best the film has looked and worth the upgrade over the dvd version.

Update warner has released deliverance in a digibook the transfer is the same as this old blu-ray so up to you which version of deliverance you would prefer to buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Four Atlanta friends-Lewis (Burt Reynolds), Ed (John Voight), Bobby (Ned Beatty), and Drew (Ronny Cox) - decide to canoe down the Cahulawassee River out in the Georgia wilderness. They see it as a test of manliness whilst also wanting to experience this part of nature before the whole valley is flooded over to make way for the upcoming construction of a dam and lake. But the perils of nature are not the only dangerous things in their midst, unfriendly wood folk are about to bring another dimension in terror.

Deliverance is one of those films that sometimes suffers by way of reputation. Much like Straw Dogs and 70s films of that type, the hype and promise of unremitting hell often isn't delivered to an expectant modern audience. Which is a shame since Deliverance is one of the finest, glummest, brutalistic and beautiful film's of the 1970s.

Adapting from James Dickey's novel (screenplay duties here also), British director John Boorman crafts a tough and powerful film of men out of their environment, thus out of their league. As each man sets off initially, it's a test of manhood, but each guy is forced to deconstruct their worth, and it soon becomes more about survival as this deadly adventure proceeds. Boorman, aided by cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, has painted a raw and treacherous landscape, unconquered by city slickers but dwelt in by inbreds who don't take kindly to the city folk showing up with their machismo attitudes. From the first point of contact with the strange locals, where Drew goes "duelling banjos" with an odd looking child, the film doesn't let up, much like the locals themselves, the film also is remorseless.
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