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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
Anyway: thrilling movie, with a great cast and very well filmed.
The way films were made in the 1970's involved more real action, but even so, the level of realism in Deliverance is remarkable.
I don't want to give anything away as this would be a good movie to watch without knowing what is going to happen.
An old "hills have eyes" type movie. Gets disturbing but it's a good movie!Published 7 days ago by Evan Lee Smith
Everyone knows some of the catch phrases from this movie and, of course, the dueling banjo scene. A classic in my book.Published 17 days ago by Edward Roach
Classic movie with social norms of the 70's-80's.
A bit on the dark side so be prepared to walk away a bit disturbed by the violence.
Man, you forget what a great movie this is until you pop it into a dvd player and watch it on an HD TV. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jeff Wignall
An excellent story of adventure and survival in the wilderness. The story starts as an adventure of a life time for four men, and quickly turns into a mental and physical struggle... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jc22