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I remember when my love of reading started. It was in 8th grade and my ELA teacher had us read The Outsiders. I had that book finished in 3 days and have been reading non-stop since. And just when I thought it couldn't get an better my teacher told us she had The Outsiders movie to show the class! Those were the best days when the books we read had a movie to go along with them.
Last year my son who was in 8th grade got to read the book and watch the movie too. I was excited because I still had my VHS copy of the movie and we were able to watch it before the rest of the class. Sadly my VHS has seen better days and even though we watched it there was some white line parts :(
When I was asked to review Francis Ford Coppola's The Outsiders The Complete Novel version I was so excited. My copy was all but done for and now I found out one of my favorite movies is being offered in 4k Ultra HD.
And as if that wasn't good enough as I was watching the movie I discovered something else.... NEW CONTENT! Don't get me wrong I love the original movie, but this movie has even more from the book. It has been 20 years since I first read and watched The Outsiders, I never though I'd be able to enjoy more from this series, but I was wrong. Francis Ford Coppola added just a bit more "WOW" to an already amazing movie. There is a few extra scenes, you get to see more of Ponyboy's brothers. If you are a fan of the book you def. need to see this version. There is just so much more and I feel it does the book justice. Again I loved the original, but this one is def. my favorite.
Francis Ford Coppola presents The Outsiders The Complete Novel
Warner Bros., STUDIOCANAL, and American Zoetrope today announce the forthcoming 4K restoration of the 1983 American coming-of-age drama, THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL, from Academy Award®-winning visionary director Francis Ford Coppola. Created to give fans more of the action that took place in S.E. Hinton’s celebrated book, Coppola’s latest, definitive version includes new music, as well as several scenes cut from the theatrical version which were reconstructed from original camera negatives. Warner Bros. will also make both it and the original version available in a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition and on digital platforms starting November 9th.
Additionally, THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL will be available on HBO Max beginning on November 16th and will also air this fall on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).
Coppola, ‘“The Outsiders The Complete Novel’ came about after meeting students over the years who repeatedly asked me why certain scenes from S.E. Hinton’s wonderful book were missing from the theatrical version. These questions reminded about my inspiration for the film—in 1980, a contingent of 12- to 14-year-old students wrote and asked me to make it. I listened to those young fans back then, and I continue to listen to young people now and believe in their opinions, so this complete film version of the novel is for them.”
Based on the 1967 best-selling young-adult novel by S. E. Hinton, THE OUTSIDERS is considered the first “Brat Pack” movie, as it stars then-unknown young actors in many of their first break-through roles, including C. Thomas Howell (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), Rob Lowe (“The West Wing,” “Parks and Recreation”), Emilio Estevez (St. Elmo's Fire, The Breakfast Club, Young Guns), Matt Dillon (Crash, There's Something About Mary), Tom Cruise (Top Gun, Mission Impossible series, Jerry Maguire), Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing, Point Break, Ghost), Ralph Macchio (The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai), and Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Under the Tuscan Sun), who went on to superstar-caliber careers.
THE OUTSIDERS takes place in '60s Oklahoma, centering on two rival teen gangs: The “Greasers,” a class term that refers to the young men on the East Side, the poor side of town, and the “Socs,” short for Socials, who are the “West-side rich kids.” Ponyboy (C. Thomas Howell), a tender-hearted and kind teenager’s life is changed forever one night when a scuffle with his friend Johnny (Ralph Macchio) inadvertently leads to the death of a rival gang member, and the boys are forced to go into hiding to avoid arrest. Soon Ponyboy and Johnny, along with Dallas (Matt Dillon) and their other Greaser buddies, must contend with the consequences of their violent lives. While some Greasers try to achieve redemption, others meet tragic ends.
Inspired by Jo Ellen Misakian, a librarian who had sent Coppola a letter signed by over 300 students explaining that the book was cult reading among local teens, Coppola captures adolescent teen emotions and the growing realization of life’s cruelties and a yearning for a life not attainable.
“For ‘The Outsiders The Complete Novel’ as well as the original theatrical version, we wanted to create and maintain the highest level of visual quality possible for these restorations,” commented James Mockoski, Film Archivist and Restoration Supervisor at American Zoetrope. “We took the unusual path of locating all the various elements that went into creating the film's most elaborate visual effects sequences and re-scanned them. Luckily, Mr. Coppola is an archivist at heart and he kept every piece of film he shot, so we were able to unify scenes from the film using the original camera negative as much as possible. It was important to Mr. Coppola to give this release its best quality presentation, and no one has ever seen this film looking as beautiful and pristine as it does now.”
The stunning 4-disc 4K UHD Collector’s Edition will include both restored features - The Outsiders The Complete Novel and The Outsiders:
4K UHD disc includes The Outsiders The Complete Novel and The Outsiders in 4K with HDR Digital codes for both films are also included
Plus, an impressive array of extra features:
NEW Restoration Interview with Cinematographer Stephen Burum, Zoetrope Head of Archives and Restorations James Mockoski and Colourist Gregg Garvin
NEW Deleted Scenes
NEW Francis Ford Coppola Introduction
NEW Francis Ford Coppola Anatomy of a Scene
NEW Old House New Home featurette
Audio Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola
Audio Commentary with Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio and Patrick Swayze.
Staying Gold: A look Back at "The Outsiders"
S.E. Hinton on Location in Tulsa
The Casting of "The Outsiders"
NBC's News Today from 1983 "The Outsiders Started by School Petition", and
Deleted and Extended Scenes