Sunday, September 23, 2007
With all of the excitement surrounding the release of CRUISING on DVD, not to mention DEATH PROOF and ALLIGATOR, it should be pointed out that one of the best films of the seventies emerged in a great special edition package this past week.
John Boorman's DELIVERANCE has been in bad need of a quality DVD release for quite a while now, and the new disc delivers. A sharp transfer is joined by an engrossing four part documentary that focuses on the film, and it features interviews with Boorman and pretty much the whole cast, including Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight. Also included is a vintage featurette and a commentary track with Boorman, that I I haven't had the opportunity to listen to yet.
Re-watching DELIVERANCE, I was struck by just how well the film holds up. Boorman's direction is jaw dropping in its attention to detail and the intensity he brings is still close to unmatchable. The whole cast is also at the top of their game here with special mention going to Ned Beatty and Reynolds, who should have been nominated for an Oscar that year.
So pick up DELIVERANCE if you just have the old DVD or have been holding out for the new one. It is available for under fifteen dollars at most outlets and is one of the essential purchases of the year.