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Deliverance (Deluxe Edition) (1972)

Jon Voight , Ned Beatty , John Boorman  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Burt Reynolds
  • Directors: John Boorman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, AC-3, Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Color, Dubbed, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RTB0R6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,869 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deliverance (Deluxe Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director John Boorman
  • Four-part 35th anniversary retrospective with the film's stars, director John Boorman, and others
  • Vintage featurette: The Dangerous World of Deliverance
  • Theatrical trailer

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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 of various male stripe: Jon Voight's character is a reflective, civilized 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, neighborly 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 primitiveness, 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

On the DVD
The single-disc deluxe edition of Deliverance has plenty to recommend it over the previously released DVD. In addition to an improved transfer, director John Boorman recorded a full-length commentary track in which he explains how he shot the famous "Duelling Banjos" scene when the boy didn't know how to play the banjo, how he was instructed to use unknown actors and came up with Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty, and how he persuaded Jon Voight to do the picture when the actor was going through a difficult time ("he told me I saved his life, , then spent three months trying to kill him"). A 2007 55-minute documentary is split into four parts: The Beginning, The Journey, Betraying the River (focusing on the "squeal like a pig" scene), and Delivered. Voight, Cox, Beatty, Burt Reynolds, and Boorman all participate, as do director of photography Vilmos Zsigmond and "mountain man" Bill McKinney. Christopher Dickey, son of the author of the original novel, James Dickey, also recounts his father's experiences with the film and how he eventually had to be asked to leave the set. Included from the original DVD are the theatrical trailer and the vintage documentary "The Dangerous World of Deliverance," which is an interesting contrast to the other bonus material because of its use of behind-the-scenes footage (rather than stills) and showing Dickey working at his university. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Nature and mountain men humble four Atlanta businessmen on a canoe trip in the Appalachian wilds. Directed by John Boorman. From the James Dickey novel.

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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This DVD is the 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the film. One of the great things about Deliverance is that, even though it is an adventure filmed in the 1970's, it has managed to not age like a 70's film. It is both depressing and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful at the same time. The four leads do a tremendous job of playing the parts of urban dwellers who want a weekend of adventure in the wilds of Georgia and wind up getting far more than they bargained for. It has much to say about what it takes to make a man uncivilized and whether or not there is a bit of savagery in all of us, despite how domesticated we may be in predictable situations. Past these observation I won't rehash the plot elements since just about everybody on earth knows the details, and if you don't I won't spoil it for you. The film is newly remastered and will have many special features which include:

Commentary by John Boorman - Director Boorman discusses the adventures, the team, the controversy and everything it took to make Deliverance a classic film.

Deliverance: The Beginning - Take a historical look at the novel and its adaptation to the screen.

Deliverance: The Journey - Along from the early stages of filming to the creation of classic moments, such as the Dueling Banjos scene.

Deliverance: Betraying the River - The making of one of the most controversial and ground-breaking sequences in film history.

Deliverance: 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. This is on the 2004 release also.
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What REALLY happened on the Cahulawassee River? October 19, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
When it comes to fictional survival stories, few can approach the sheer grueling brutality of DELIVERANCE. Brilliantly adapted by James Dickey from his best-selling book and superbly directed by John Boorman (POINT BLANK, HOPE AND GLORY), this is a tremendous endeavor. So much so that horror writer Stephen King and Boorman's fellow director Stanley Kubrick both expressed a tremendous admiration of it.
As pretty much everyone knows, DELIVERANCE focuses on four Atlanta businessmen (Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ned Beatty, Ronny Cox) who decide to take a canoe trip down the Cahulawassee River in the Appalachian Mountains of northern Georgia before it is dammed up into a lake. It is apparent, however, that the local folk don't take kindly to these "city boys" messing around in their woods. And when Voight and Beatty are sexually assaulted at gunpoint by a pair of sadistic rednecks (Bill McKinney, Herbert "Cowboy" Coward), in the infamous "SQUEAL!!" segment, what began as a canoe trip explodes into a nightmare.
Much is made, and justifiably so, not only of the "SQUEAL" scene but also of the "Dueling Banjos" part, between Cox and a retarted mountain kid. But DELIVERANCE has much more to offer besides these moments. Like A CLOCKWORK ORANGE and STRAW DOGS, it offers a hard-hitting and unflinching look at Man's penchant for violent and (arguably) abhorrent behavior. The four leads are extremely good in their roles, and McKinney and Coward make for two of the more frightening and vicious villains in screen history. Dickey appears in the film's final reel as a local sheriff who, as he puts it would "kinda like to see this town die peaceful.
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make 'em like they used to... April 6, 2004
Format:DVD
Director John Boorman's exciting, brutal, brooding, explosive and violent masterpiece remains one of Hollywood's most intelligent takes on the complex, contradictory cultures of American manhood, otherwise the more familiar preserve of directors like Sam Peckinpah and Walter Hill. Based on James Dickey's novel, Deliverance roots itself assuredly in fascinating and provocative dualities: liberal modernity and backwoods barbarism; beauty and violence; kindness and cuelty; morality and pragmatism and, atmospherically, the existential and the visceral - situating it a distinct cut above the average Hollywood action adventure output. Four suburban friends - career-best performances from Reynolds, Voight, Beatty and Cox - take one last alpha-male shot at canoeing the mighty Cahulawassee river - just as it is set to be flooded - literally and figuratively - by the needs, culture and infastructure of the New South as it rolls unforgivingly through what's left of the countryside.Just as their own middle class tensions, arrogances and irritations begin to surface, they run - courtesy of the hostile local population - into a world much smaller(...). What starts out as an egoistic attempt to reclaim some element of American frontier manhood amidst the privileged, cosseted reality of an otherwise safely suburban life becomes a gripping struggle to survive the ravages of nature and (distinctly warped) nurture. Features what is probably the silver screen's most notorious male rape scene, an episode that slides so quickly and unsuspectingly from cautious negotiation to gruelling and humiliating cruelty that it still retains the power to shock and unsettle. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Choose-Your-Own-Adventure
Three words to best sum up Deliverance: hot Burt Reynolds. (See? You thought I was going to say “Piggy rape scene,” didn’t you? Tsk tsk. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by K.T. May
5.0 out of 5 stars A harrowing outdoors adventure,with a little unanticipated...
I first saw "Deliverance" with my girlfriend in 1973.The two of us were hitchhiking /camping around the Santa Cruz mountains & came into Saratoga for some supplies. Read more
Published 4 days ago by John Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like to sit at the edge of your seat this ...
If you like to sit at the edge of your seat this is a movie to watch. Tense, funny sometimes, a little heartwarming other times. Beautiful scenery. Good plot.
Published 6 days ago by mary geiger
3.0 out of 5 stars as expected
as expected
Published 7 days ago by Paul Stratton
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything about this movie is excellent!
High quality DVD. Don't let the cheap price fool you; it's the real thing. Also, the extras included are so interesting and informative. All around enjoyable to watch. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mary Katherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Could this happen to you?
What can I say, this movie is just plan "creepy", but creepy in a good way. Just the thought of something like this happening sends chills down my spine. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Steve Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Fascinating insights in the director's commentary. Excellent picture quality and sound!
Published 9 days ago by Stephen W. Waclo
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic masterpiece
This is a classic masterpiece in film making in the truest sense. I remember watching this film in awe as a kid and re-watching it just a few weeks ago I was stunned that after all... Read more
Published 10 days ago by TLOKI
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
After watching this movie you'll never take a canoe ride in the south
Published 11 days ago by David Beillen
5.0 out of 5 stars Paddle faster! I hear banjo music!
I remember going to the theater, back in the 70's, with my High School buddies and watching this film. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Alex
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