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Deliverance 1972

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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, Jon Voight
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director John Boorman
Starring Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds
Supporting actors Ed O'Neill
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Kwinko Kwanko 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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(If you haven't seen this movie yet, come back when you have. Possible spoilers!) 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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Format: Blu-ray
VIDEO:

Deliverance has VC-1 (21 Mbps) 1080p 2.40:1 encode, which is similar to its 35th Anniversary release. The 35th Anniversary release was minted from a new master. Director John Boorman and director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond explain in the included supplements that they intentionally shot Deliverance in a desaturated, soft style, and it certainly looks it. Therefore, don't expect a presentation that is ultra razer sharp, colourful or high-contrast. The print (while not pristine) is generally clean and free of dirt and speckles. On the plus side, daytime exteriors can look great. Colours brighten up, especially fleshtones. Depth improves noticeably, and the detail verges on the lush, with even longshots nicely textured. Only close-ups come near to delivering the kind of high-def we're generally accustomed to these days, but still, compared to all past video versions (especially the horrid pan & scan VHS copies that were available for years), Deliverance has never looked better. (3.5/5)

AUDIO:

Great news! Perhaps learning from their recent blunder on the Unforgiven: 20th Anniversary Edition, Warner has wisely decided to replace the previous blu ray’s lossy mix with a new DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless track. The rear speakers are more assertive, more arresting even, than in most catalog remixes but never at the expense of the film's original sound design. The chorus of the forest - the chirping, croaking and rustling - join the rhythms of the river - the rushing, surging and roaring - to create an enveloping, unexpectedly immersive soundfield that defies forty years of age. It not only revitalizes Deliverance, it makes it that much more thrilling, harrowing and, eventually, unsettling. Dialogue is mostly clean.
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Format: DVD
John Boorman's violent and disturbing river-based thriller is packed full of tension and is well-acted throughout.
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.
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