Studio Synopsis ~ The story of four “weekend warriors” who set off in canoes down a dangerous Georgia river and discover a wilderness of terror and survival, Deliverance 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 Zsigmond’s expert cinematography captures the wilderness of forest and river. Jon Voight (Transformers, Mission: Impossible), Burt Reynolds (The Longest Yard, Boogie Nights) starred; Ned Beatty (Rampart, Rango) and Ronny Cox (Starter Wife, Desperate Housewives) co-starred, with John Boorman directing from a screenplay which James Dickey adapted from his novel. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards® (1972) including Best Picture, Directing and Film Editing.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 110 minutes
Number of Disks: 1
Official Website found HERE
– Deliverance: The Cast Remembers *New!
– Commentary by John Boorman
– Deliverance: Betraying The River
– Deliverance: The Journey
– Deliverance: The Beginning
– Deliverance: Delivered
– The Dangerous World of Deliverance
– Theatrical Trailer
Known largely for its rugged, masculine appeal – and also a few disturbing squeals – “Deliverance” delivers both shock value and survival stresses in one patiently packed rucksack. And while much of the film strives for a resounding subtext against violence and the path that leads to it, it’s hard to overlook the glorified sheen applied by Boorman layer by layer.
What elevates the film past many of its presumptions however, are the performances themselves. Reynolds, Voight and the now infamous performance by Beatty are arguably the best roles of the three men’s careers, aptly navigating through the harrowing hurdles of the hunt. And though the film ultimately only nabbed Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Director Oscar noms – none of which came to be – the pulse-pounding excitement this journey entails is still palpable, even 40 years later.
Extras seekers will be happy to see an addition to the carried-over 2007 Blu-ray supplements, with a 30 minute cast retrospective featuring impressions from Reynolds, Voight, Beatty, and Cox. And though one might think that the addition of only one menu item is anything but a bonus bump, the cast’s recollections over the past 40 years is as equally engrossing as the film itself.
Returning features include everything from the 2007 Blu-ray release, but if this is your first time purchase then the 4-part featurettes, commentary by Boorman, and behind-the-scenes glimpses in “The Dangerous World of Deliverance” are a fascinating journey through the film’s iconic history. Also, because this is after all a Blu-ray “Book”, the disc comes with Warner’s now trademark 42-page booklet, with stills, interviews and other production information.
So with action and excitement from the dark and disturbing south, and eerie echoes of the line “you got a purty mouth”, “Deliverance” is a wet, weird and wild ride through the backwoods of Georgia…bring your banjo.
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Central Cast: Burt Reynolds | Jon Voight | Ned Beatty | Ronny Cox
Director: John Boorman
Central Writers: James Dickey
Theatrical Release: July 30, 1972
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: June 26, 2012
Genre: Adventure | Drama | Thriller
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE