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Deliverance 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Book Review And Giveaway

6 July 2012 12:09 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Though many films have made their mark on modern culture, few have risen to the iconic status of Deliverance inasmuch as the movie practically has its own persona that ought to have its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The 1972 classic about four businessmen trying to take on the wilderness (including Ned Beatty, of all the “weekend warrior” possibilities) and finding themselves in way over their heads, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special Blu-Ray Book release.

It probably serves little purpose to sing the film’s praises at this point, but it remains a primer on building tension, and delivering well-constructed characters as the central force in pulling audiences into a situation.

The Blu-Ray Book format is becoming more popular, and as a general rule, I don’t get much out of them. In this case, I’m somewhat torn. The Book itself is a pretty solid treat for fans. »

- Marc Eastman

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Deliverance’ Still Resonates Four Decades After Its Release

5 July 2012 9:54 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The new digibook Blu-ray for John Boorman’s incredibly influential and timeless “Deliverance” features one of the best special features of the year as stars Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight, Ronny Cox, and Ned Beatty sit for half an hour at the Burt Reynolds Museum in Florida and just reminisce about the movie that changed their lives. It alone makes this a great purchase for true movie historians. The stellar HD transfer and imported special features don’t hurt.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

It’s amazing to think that it’s been four decades since “Deliverance,” a film that really works best when one considers when it came out. I think modern audiences look at the film and see something a bit dated, nowhere near as shocking as modern viewers raised on “Saw” might consider it to be. At the time, “Deliverance” was a punch to the gut. Made for only $2 million, the »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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