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Deliverance [HD DVD] (1972)

John Boorman  |  R |  HD DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)


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  • Directors: John Boorman
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q67DEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,165 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deliverance [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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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

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In the unfamiliar Appalachian backwoods, a weekend of male bonding for four inexperienced campers turns into a gut-wrenching fight for survival against the merciless forces of nature and the brutality of man. Their only escape is a terrifying canoe ride down the raging rapids of the Chattooga River. If their heartless pursuers don't kill them, the treacherous waters just might.

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73 of 79 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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71 of 80 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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69 of 78 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliverance [HD] Jon Voight - Ned Beatty
NOT ONE DULL MOMENT IN DELIVERANCE - WELL EDITED AND WELL DIRECTED AND TOP OF THE LINE PERFORMANCES - R.D.A.
Published 2 days ago by Raleigh Amyx
4.0 out of 5 stars classic category
The subject matter at the time it came out was controversial. The bamgo duet and the boy who strumed the solo part stood
out.
Published 4 days ago by Hugh A Del Conte
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great outdoors movie.
I first saw this movie on a rental vhs many moons ago. I liked it then and have always liked it.When I saw it was now available in this format, I decided to buy it. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Keith R. Sauerwald
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie to watch again
My husband and nephew enjoyed watching this movie over and over and over again. I purchased this movie for my husband and nephew for when they are having men time in the men cave.
Published 8 days ago by Janice Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars wheeee!
A tense white water ride into the dark side of America's backwoods, well-acted and directed. Great film, a real classic!
Published 12 days ago by David Peters
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This was not a great movie but it is a good one some wild river scenes.
Young Burt Reynolds film.
Published 20 days ago by Gerald Zievert
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding Movie
This classic is a great movie. It's an adventure movie in beautiful scenery that explores moral decision making in complex and ambiguous situations. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Book Fanatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Reynolds movie!!
Great movie it's very suspencful little graffic in some parts but overall classic Reynolds movie he did a good job for one of this nature!!
Published 27 days ago by garryf1960
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I've never been a fan ofJames Dickey,the person.He came to our college back in the 60s to read and speak and met with a group of us beforehand who were involved with the campus... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Met someone that dint know this story. Misunderstood a joke about dueling banjos. haha so bought this to catch them up.
Arrived quickly and as described. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by J. C.
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