Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Deliverance will be delivered in Hi-Def

Warner Home Video made some high-definition disc lovers squeal with anticipation this week when it announced the release of the 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the classic film “Deliverance” on standard DVD, Blu-ray and HD DVD.

All three films will be available on September 18. The SD disc will have a suggested retail price of $19.97, while the HD DVD and Blu-ray discs will be priced at $28.99.

Warner said the deluxe edition contains several special features, such as commentary by director John Boorman and an examination of one of the most controversial scenes in film history. The special features are included in all three formats.

Widely acclaimed as a landmark film, Deliverance is noted for the memorable music scene near the beginning that sets the tone for what lies ahead: a trip into unknown and potentially dangerous territory.

In the scene, set at a rural gas station, character Drew Ballinger (Ronny Cox) plays the instrumental Dueling Banjos on his guitar with a mentally retarded hillbilly named Lonnie (implied as being an inbred albino in the novel, portrayed by Billy Redden in the film). The boy eventually outplays Drew with his banjo. The song won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance.

The film was selected by the New York Times as one of "The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made," and viewers of Channel 4 in the United Kingdom voted it 45 in a list of The 100 Greatest Films.

In the film based on a 1970 novel of the same name by James Dickey, four Atlanta men (played by Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox) decide to canoe down the fictional Cahulawassee River in the remote Georgia wilderness, before it is flooded over by the upcoming construction of a dam and lake. The trip turns into a fight for survival when local hillbillies attack two of the men.

In a famous scene, Ed (Voight) is tied to a tree with his own belt and cut by one of the hillbillies' knives. Bobby (Beatty) is then forced to strip before being humiliated and then brutally raped by one hillbilly. Attention is then turned to Ed, and the other hillbilly said that Ed has "got a real purty mouth." Forced to defend themselves, the men kill two hillbillies while losing one of their own. (info from TWICE and Wikipedia)

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