Deliverance-Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray)

Directed By: John Boorman Starring: Jon Voight Burt Reynolds

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Product Overview

Four ordinary men in two canoes navigated a river they only know as a line on a map, taking on a wilderness they only think they understand.

Deliverence, based by James Dickey on his novel, surges with the urgency of masterful storytelling, like Georgia's Chattooga River along which it was shot. Equally masterful is the portrayal of each man's change of character under stress, harrowingly enacted by award winners Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox. Director John Boorman sets us on the knife-edge of survival - and draws us in with the irresistable force of a raging current.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 204847743
UPC 085391142775
UPC 14 00085391142775
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/15/2007
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Classic
Disturbing
Essential Cinema
Friends
Murder
Rape
Recommended
Theatrical Release
Wilderness
Editors Note
Note Director John Boorman's harrowing adaptation of James Dickey's best-selling novel is a nightmarish descent into backwoods Americana. When four unsuspecting urbanites head into the mountains of northern Georgia for a weekend canoe trip, they have no idea what's in store for them. The group's macho leader, Lewis Medlock (Burt Reynolds), is driven by Hemingway-esque notions of man's ability to conquer nature, while his three friends--Bobby Trippe (Ned Beatty), Drew Ballinger (Ronny Cox), and Ed Gentry (Jon Voight)--aren't so sure. As the men begin to navigate their way down the precarious rapids, they discover that nature isn't the only one out to get them. The eventual appearance of two menacing hillbillies turns the vacation into an all-out nightmare.^Photographed by the great Vilmos Zsigmond (MCCABE & MRS. MILLER, THE DEER HUNTER), DELIVERANCE is a compelling meditation on the dangers of masculine ritual. Reynolds dives headlong into the role that would make him a superstar, as does Beatty, whose legendary big-screen debut will never be forgotten. Boorman's thriller made two other lasting contributions to the pop-culture lexicon: the dueling-banjos sequence and the infamous line, "Squeal like a pig!"
Plot Summary
Summary Based on James Dickey's novel, this harrowing film tells the story of an ill-fated canoe trip in deep backwoods America, where some of the natives are as scary as the country is beautiful. The film spawned the hit song "Dueling Banjos."
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Sometimes you gotta lose yourself before you can find anything."--Lewis Medlock (Burt Reynolds)
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...[Its] genre's one true masterpiece....DELIVERANCE intends to stir both soul and conscience..." -- Rating: A 03/10/1995 pp.74-5
Total Film 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hrillingly shot by Vilmos Zsigmond with a devastating immediacy....It's generally accepted that Burt gave his best performance under Boorman's direction..." 10/01/2007 p.131
USA Today 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Vilmos Zsigmond's canoeing catastrophe remains hypnotic..." 09/21/2007 p.11D
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "It's a story that explores an interesting moral grey line, and as such this survivalist tale has never dated." 04/01/2008 p.75
Directors
John Boorman
Actors
Jon Voight
Burt Reynolds
Cast & Crew
Burt Reynolds - Actor
Fred Harpman - Art Director
James Dickey - Writer
John Boorman - Producer
John Boorman - Director
Jon Voight - Actor
Ned Beatty - Actor
Ronny Cox - Actor
Tom Priestley - Editor
Vilmos Zsigmond - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1972
Catalog ID 114277
UPC 00085391142775
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Awards
Nominee (1973) Golden Globe, John Boorman, Best Director - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Deliverance, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Golden Globe, Jon Voight, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama,Golden Globe, Arthur Smith, et. al., Best Original Song,Golden Globe, James Dickey, Best Screenplay,Oscar, John Boorman, Best Director,Oscar, John Boorman, Best Picture,Oscar, Tom Priestley, Best Film Editing
Reviews
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review It's got the most memorable opening on movie history -- "Duelling Banjos" speaks for itself after 30 years -- and one of the cinema's most horrifying rape scenes as well (most recently aped in Pulp Fiction). This tale of "city boys" taking a weekend trip by canoe down a soon-to-be-dammed river is about primitivism of both the all-talk and the real kind, and how desperate circumstances can make real men out of the weakest of wills. A landmark in movie history.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [James] Dickey, who wrote the original novel and the screenplay, lards this plot with a lot of significance -- universal, local, whatever happens to be on the market. He is clearly under the impression that he is telling us something about the nature of man, and particularly civilized man's ability to survive primitive challenges...the performances have a validity that transcends the film; Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds and, indeed, all the members of the cast are finely tuned and very good...It's possible to consider civilized men in a confrontation with the wilderness without throwing in rapes, cowboy-and-Indian stunts and pure exploitative sensationalism. That's why I was reminded of "The Worst Journey in the World," I suppose. It makes Dickey's odyssey seem absolutely adolescent.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Brian Webster, Apollo Movie Guide A harrowing film that can be appreciated on several levels.
Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily ...the best film of Burt Reynolds' up and down career. And you'll never forget what happens to Ned Beatty.
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews ...a near masterpiece.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice Boorman's violent and vivid parable brilliantly captures the sinister quality of the mountain country...
Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews ...[a] gripping film.
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