Deliverance 35th Anniversary Remastered Deluxe Edition [DVD] 
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Deliverance remains one of the screens most powerful man-versus-nature adventures and was a motion picture shocker of the 1970s. It's the story of four Atlanta "weekend warriors" who set off in canoes down a dangerous Georgia river and discover a wilderness of terror. The Deliverance 35th Deluxe Edition has been remastered and comes with a host of new extras, including retrospective featurettes and director commentary.
Directed by John Boorman (Excalibur, Point Blank) in 1972 and adapted by James Dickey from his novel, Deliverance was nominated for three Academy Awards including "Best Picture" and "Best Director". Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox star as the four friends whose canoeing weekend turns into a horrifying test of survival. Boormans taut direction builds the tension and fear to a raging climax, as the men travel way beyond their comfort zone and are forced to face more than they could have ever imagined. Vilmos Zsigmonds expert cinematography captures the wilderness of forest and river, while Eric Weissbergs classic musical theme "Dueling Banjos" provides a perfect counterpoint to the action.
Commentary by John Boorman - Director Boorman takes a journey down the river and discusses the adventures, the team, the controversy and what it took to make Deliverance a classic film
The Beginning - Take a historical look at the novel and its adaptation to the screen
The Journey - From the early stages of filming to the creation of classic moments, such as the Dueling Banjos scene
Betraying the River - The making of one of the most controversial and ground-breaking sequences in film history
Delivered - A reflective look back on the completion of the film, its impact and how the idea for the shocking ending came to be
The Dangerous World of Deliverance - The original behind-the-scenes documentary on the difficult conditions and challenges of making this film.
One of the key films of the 1970s, John Boorman's Deliverance is a nightmarish adaptation of poet-novelist James Dickey's book about various kinds of survival in modern America. The story concerns four Atlanta businessmen: Jon Voight's character is a reflective, civilised fellow, Burt Reynolds plays a strapping hunter-gatherer in urban clothes, Ned Beatty is a sweaty, weak-willed boy-man, and Ronny Cox essays a spirited, neighbourly type. Together they decide to answer the ancient call of men testing themselves against the elements and set out on a treacherous ride on the rapids of an Appalachian river. What they don't understand until it is too late is that they have ventured into Dickey's variation on the American underbelly, a wild, lawless, dangerous (and dangerously inbred) place isolated from the gloss of the late 20th century. In short order, the four men dig deep into their own suppressed primitivism, defending themselves against armed cretins, facing the shock of real death on their carefully planned, death-defying adventure, and then squarely facing the suspicions of authority over their concealed actions. Boorman, a master teller of stories about individuals on peculiarly mythical journeys, does a terrifying and beautiful job of revealing the complexity of private and collective character--the way one can never be the same after glimpsing the sharp-clawed survivor in one's soul. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
From the eery 'duelling banjos' and disturbingly realistic male rape scene, through to the (literally) cliff-hanging climax, this is perhaps Boorman's best work, together with 1981's Excalibur. There is an sense of menace and forboding throughout the film, which incidentally was Burt Reynold's best outing and a great vehicle for the up-and-coming Jon 'Midnight Cowboy' Voight.
This theme been copied many times in movies such as Southern Comfort and The River Wild, but never-bettered.
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] , 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'.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting insight into human behaviour, four good men head out on what should have been a once in a lifetime, fun and great male bonding experience, but laughter was replaced... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jillian bland
Great action and suspense film from a time when they didnt seem to need computer generated action scenes (yes...It all looks real!!!!). Read morePublished 2 months ago by A Mcardle