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The Outsiders: The Complete Novel (2005)

C. Thomas Howell , Matt Dillon , Francis Ford Coppola  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (956 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane
  • Directors: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Writers: Kathleen Knutsen Rowell
  • Producers: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2005
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (956 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GOE6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Outsiders: The Complete Novel" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • New restored version with 22 minutes of new footage, including a new beginnning and ending, plus a new soundtrack score
  • New introduction and commentary by director Francis Ford Coppola
  • New introduction and commentary by Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and Diane Lane
  • Disc 2:
  • 10 minutes of additional scenes
  • Making-of documentary: Staying Gold: A Look Back at The Outsiders
  • The Casting of The Outsiders, including never-before-seen screen tests and auditions
  • Seven cast members read selections from the book
  • S.E. Hinton on Location in Tulsa
  • NBC News Today segment: The Outsiders Started by Student Petition
  • 1983 & 2005 theatrical trailers

Editorial Reviews

No one was surprised when Francis Ford Coppola revisited Apocalypse Now, but his overhaul of The Outsiders raised a few eyebrows. Here was a modestly successful film better remembered for its Brat Pack cast than its Oscar-winning director, but The Complete Novel succeeds in bringing more of S.E. Hinton's young adult classic to the screen along with Coppola's epic vision. The story remains the same: The working class greasers and wealthy Socs ("Socials") of Tulsa, OK, circa 1966, are at war. Despite the bigger names in the cast--Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe--the friendship between C. Thomas Howell's Ponyboy and Ralph Macchio's doomed Johnny is still the focus. If anything, Tom Cruise, as an obnoxious greaser, gives the least promising performance, while Matt Dillon (Crash) as the unpredictable Dally and Diane Lane (Unfaithful) as the beautiful Cherry provide a taste of the mature work to come. Aside from 22 minutes of restored footage (including a prologue and epilogue), which add heart and grandeur, The Complete Novel includes several new rock and roll tracks, most by Elvis Presley. In the end, the revamped Outsiders still plays like a cross between Rebel Without a Cause and The Last Picture Show--and that's a good thing. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

In 1983, Francis Ford Coppola's film of S.E. Hinton's novel struck a powerful chord with audiences, capturing the intense feelings of being caught between childhood and adulthood, and not belonging anywhere. Decades later, Coppola has revisited the film and reintegrated 22 minutes of character-enriching footage, including a new beginnning and ending more true to the book. A rousing new rock-n-roll soundtrack featuring six songs from Elvis Presley and other music greats make this new version of The Outsiders one of movie history's great rediscoveries.

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207 of 220 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This new special edition "Stays Gold" September 20, 2005
By Cubist
Coppola's original version was quite faithful to Hinton's book and this new edit is even more so. He has put back in 22 more minutes, most noticeably at the beginning and end of the movie. This new footage opens up the film more. We are introduced to the greasers much earlier on now that Coppola isn't reigned in by the dictates of test screenings. He is able to take the time to immerse the audience in this richly textured world shot in glorious widescreen by Stephen Burum who adopts a look that evokes another epic about troubled youth, Rebel Without A Cause (1955). The film is drenched in the golden hues of warm sunrises and sunsets like something right out of Gone with the Wind (1939).

Another significant change has Coppola replacing all of his father's beautiful, classical score in favour of period rock `n' roll music. In some cases, like the opening scene where Ponyboy is jumped by some Socs, it works and in others, like the whimsical surf music that plays over the scene where the Socs jump Johnny and Ponyboy, it feels awkward and out of place. Part of the film's original charm was its moments of `50s style melodrama, as epitomized by the film's orchestral soundtrack, and this diminished by the newly inserted period music that could be right out of an episode of Crime Story. Hinton's books are timeless with their universal themes and the original music reflected that. This new music, while accurate for its time period, contributes to a loss of some of the timeless feel.

On the first DVD is an audio commentary with director Francis Ford Coppola. He addresses the changes in the soundtrack by saying that after all these years he wanted to move away from a score that commented on what was happening to music that the characters would actually be listening to.
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74 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extended Edition August 28, 2005
I'm so glad they decided to put out a Two-Disc Special Edition. This movie is well worth it and now we get to see the deleted scenes we've been waiting for. I hope the rest of the 80's classics get this treatment. It's awesome that Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Diane Lane all made a commentary segment for this DVD, the only bad thing is Tom and Emilio aren't in the commentary.

Just watched my Copy of THE OUTSIDERS---

Wow. This was so freakin' awesome you guys. There is 22 extra minutes added to the movie and 10 additional deleted scenes as special features. For the people who were disappointed in the movie because it lacked scenes from the book you have got to buy this edition. All of the scenes are added to the movie like I previously said. The special features are outstanding as well. They show a reunion at Francis Ford Coppola 's house screening the new extended movie with Diane Lane, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze and Ralph Macchio. There are cast interviews and a special with S. E. Hinton talking about the book and the movie. She also shows the places the movie took place. Like the movie theater, the school, the brothers house and the street Dallas was killed. There's much more extra's, so enjoy.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What a classic! February 27, 2006
By missy99
I loved the Outsiders when it first came out - it is so campy, but it is truly a classic movie. The cast is simply amazing, with a lot of future heavy hitters. The special features on this DVD are truly amazing, and long overdue!

Now, the reason why I did not give this DVD five stars - the music! Why did Coppola get rid of the beautiful score from the original movie and replace it with that god-awful music? Perhaps that music worked in a FEW scenes, but for the most part, it really tended to minimize some of the more dramatic parts in the movie. The new music did not work for me at all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy for teenagers! October 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
As a teenager myself, I wasn't very keen on watching this movie myself as it sounded pretty boring and considering that it was made in 1983, it only made things worse.I was sort of forced to watch it as it was my class' English literature text and we HAD to watch it. But this movie really inspired my whole class on living life. Especially the part where Ponyboy is thinking 'It seemed that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one i saw from my back steps were the same.Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren't so different. We saw the same sunset.' What this really meant was underneath all the wealth and loads of attitude, people are still the same.They still have emotions and feel for one another. For some it was a 'sob-sob' movie, with all its emotional parts, we learnt about life, life and life. ALthough this book got my whole class saying 'Shut your trap hood!' and later cracking up, my english literature test was much easier and this meant to all of us that, everyone has their days.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ruined by new Score August 20, 2011
I was stunned by the horrible new score to this film. I hadn't seen the film in years, and I kept thinking, "Man, this music is terrible. Has it always been like this?" It sounds like a cheesy Pulp Fiction ripoff, and has no relation to the drama that's on the screen. Scenes I knew I had been moved by years ago now had no emotional resonance at all, particularly the rumble. Wow. The new music literally ruined this film, and I cannot fathom why FFC wouldn't recognize that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wish it had worked
Can't give it a rating because it would never work. Loved this movie as a kid and purchased it so my 14 year old daughter could watch it after having read the book for school. Read more
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If you didn't watch this classic when u were growing up I feel sorry for you! LOL! Kiddin' great movie and worth five bucks for sure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's classic
This movie has a lot of famous actors in it and they are all very young. The plot and feel of this movie is very 80's classic. One of my favorites.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Outsiders dvd
The item was exactly what I wanted and it was a very quick delivery. If you've seen the original theater release and found yourself wondering why they edited out so many parts of... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very 80s
This movie was ok. Kind of slow, and hard to get through, but I wanted to check it out based on a suggestion I read in a book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It has "stayed gold"
This is one of my favorites from my youth. What a great cast! Now that my boys are teens I wanted to watch it with them - they liked it, too!
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