Sunday, September 23, 2007

"Deliverance" 35th Anniversary DVD Reviews

Visit Warner Brothers' Official Site to watch the trailer:

The new DVD of James Dickey's "Deliverance," issued on September 18, is getting very good press. A few examples are below:

Jon Voight on making Deliverance review | Film Reviews - Times Online
A thoughtful interview from the London Times. - Cinematic Happenings Under Development
This interesting review is by a writer who was born the year "Deliverance" hit the screen.

Deliverance - Trailer - Showtimes - Cast - Movies - New York Times
A positive notice in The New York Times, along with the trailer.

Deliverance - Movie - Review - New York Times
A very negative review of the movie from Vincent Canby in 1972. Apparently he just didn't get it. And, as usual, he attributed to James Dickey some of the execrable cliches interpolated in the script by John Boorman.

New on DVD:
A useful little blurb.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

The "New" Deliverance DVD... at last!

The review in "DVD Talk" is a rave:

... Hollywood just can't make films like Deliverance anymore; this type of recklessness is now reserved for independent filmmakers.

Rough and unflinching, Deliverance doesn't pull many punches and is still a fairly shocking story in retrospect. Dickey's imagination spawned this fictional tale of violation, murder and survival, but the visualization by Boorman and company raises the stakes even higher. The story starts off relaxed and deliberately paced, but the arc boils before the halfway point and refuses to let up for quite some time. It's as much about the aftermath of traumatic events as it is the events themselves, dragging our protagonists through the mud and watching their attempts to wash themselves clean. For these reasons and many more, Deliverance is much more than the sum of its parts: it's a taut, tense thriller that remains one of the decade's most visceral adventures.... (the full review)