RECOMMENDED for those who don't know about it: DELIVERANCE

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  1. Squirrel God

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    I'd never seen Deliverance before, but I bought it on its reputation and watched it tonight and just had to come on here and scream out loud about how good it is! It gripped me totally from start to finish, and although it was made in 1972 it's hardly dated at all. Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox all turn in fantastic performances.

    From the back cover of the DVD:

    "Four ordinary men in two canoes navigate a river they only know as a line on a map, taking on a wilderness they only think they understand.

    Deliverance, written by James Dickey based on his novel, surges with the urgency of masterful storytelling, like Georgia's Chattooga River along which it was shot. Equally masterful is the portrayal of each man's change of character under stress, harrowingly enacted by award winners Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox. Director John Boorman sets us on the knife-edge of survival - and draws us in with the irresistible force of a raging current."


    Lots of movies have been influenced by Deliverance and it's easy to see why - the build up of tension is superb, from the first moment with the creepy-looking boy playing the banjo on the porch right up until the last scene. Set in an "inbred" and "untainted" part of America, you just know that anything can and will happen .. but knowing and seeing are two different things entirely...

    The R2 anamorphic transfer is really nice and sharp considering how old the movie is as well. I noticed some aliasing in a couple of places for a second or so, but nothing serious. DD5.1 mix sounded okay to me as well. No extras but who cares about them ;)

    I bought mine from www.streetsonline.co.uk for £6.66 (3 for £20 offer). Play.com are doing it for £8.99 if you don't fancy the StreetsOnline offer. :)
     
  2. alan8477

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    If you like Deliverance you'll probably like Southern Comfort, another never ending nightmare.
     
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    Deliverance is a most memorable film for both good and dire reasons. It's been some time since I've seen it and I'm not sure I want to again - may be on a masochistic night? Even the end is bad - for poor old Burt in particular.
    The acting is great and the storyline tight. The thing I was most displeased about was that the rednecks weren't, at the very least, [​IMG]. A real car crash onlooker event to be sure.
    Alan's pointing to Southern Comfort would make for a double-bill of Hell. I saw this on video yonks back. It's another one that you have to finish viewing out of hope. SC is less painful than Deliverance on the viewer but isn't light on its feet by any means. I'm rather tempted to buy both and do the full laying of any good feeling to waste by watching both.
    Thinking about it, it's a wonder the Deep South isn't a Mecca for suicidals who've viewed these two maggot filled plums.
     
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    SQUEAL LIKE A PIG:eek:
     
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    Yeah, great film. If you get Southern Comfort get REG 1 as the reg 2 is not widescreen.
     
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    Deliverance and Southern Comfort are two of my favourites, anyone taking a road trip around Memphis/Louisiana/Alabama should watch both before leaving home, oh and Mad Max too.
     
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    I've always remembered the banjo scene best. That lad alone would've been enough to make me worry about hanging around too long. But then there'd have been no film.:rolleyes:
     
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    i have deliverance for sale if anyone intrested £7.50 R1
     
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    If we're going down a harrowing film thread, hows about The Thin Red Line? A real wrist slitter.
     
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    Thanks for the tips on Southern Comfort everyone - I have checked it out and it's lined up for purchase next month (yes, R1) :)

    Mac - The thought of Basil Brush squealing like a pig is just far too scary :D

    Skanky - I do believe the banjo lad has never had a girlfriend :D
     
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    so what happens then you get a few mates round you watch deliverance drink a bottle of southern comfort and er oh hang on i got the wrong end of the stick lol.yep have to admit deliverance really does turn your stomach sometimes
     
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    Silverback,

    For people who clicked on this thread because they haven't seen Deliverance, you have just spoiled it for them :( Please edit your post to remove reference to the "you know what" scene and the "other thing" :)
     
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    sorry mate that any better :D
     
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    Much :kisses:
     
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    Have any of you guys seen Sean Penn's Movie
    'The Pledge' yet?? Starring Jack Nicholson and
    Robin Wright Penn. This is one superb thriller
    that will have you quessing right to the end.
    Set up near the Canadian border I think, there's
    lots of snow!! Looks like the Rockies!!
    Missus tells me it's Northern Nevada!!
    Jack is on the trail of a serial killer,but he's just
    retired from the police authority and he just can't
    let go of this one,he's like a dog with a bone!!
    He's obsessed about it - He must honour a Pledge
    he made. Set in fantastic scenery, great story with
    great twists and very original. Get This One Now!!!

    loz99
     
  16. Squirrel God

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    I thought about getting it in the HMV 2 for 1 sale but read mixed reviews. Also, I've never liked Sean Penn as an actor so that put me off him in all-things-movie-related.
     
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    Hi SG!!
    How you doin' mate??
    I haven't been on for a while, it's good to hear you again!!
    Sean Penn has matured & got better, I did'nt like him much
    in his earlier movies, especially in that Shanghi Thing with
    Madonna!! I Thought he was good in 'Thin Red Line' but
    even better in Oliver Stone's ' U-Turn'.
    He's started to do a bit of Directing lately and if 'The Pledge'
    is anything to go by,then he's pretty good at it!!
    Heck, even Jonathon Ross loved 'The Pledge' and said it
    was like a classic 70's thriller and will grow into an all time
    great thriller!! Well I got it and although a bit confused
    first time I watched it, when I watched it a couple more
    times I realised what a smashing movie it was!!
    It's got super music, great acting, very laid back and
    relaxing but engrossing, intriguing and suspensful!!
    It's got a very original plot and I honestly can't compare
    it to any other movie anywhere in that respect!!
    It's very polished & natural to watch SG!!
    Stars Jack Nicholson, Robin Wright Penn, Aaron Eckhart,
    Patricia Clarkson (The Green Mile) and Sam Sheppard.
    Also Harry Dean Stanton,Mickey Rourke and our very own Vanessa Redgrave & Helen Mirren!! Not a bad Cast Eh?

    Directed By Sean Penn (Not even a Cameo Appearance!!)

    Just Give It a Go SG - It's a very good thriller movie and
    there's not many of them around at the moment!!
    Bring back the 70's for thrillers please!!

    My favourite thrillers:-
    The Oddessa File - John Voight
    The Boys from Brasil - Olivier & Peck
    Marathon Man - Hoffman
    The Day Of The Jackal - Edward Fox
    Mississippi Burning - Hackman & Defoe
    In The Heat of the Night - Potier & Stieger
    Deliverance - John Voight & Burt Reynolds (& The Banjo lad)
    Copland - Stallone,Keitel,Liotta & De Niro
    Cape Fear - Both versions
    Cliffhanger - Stallone
    Eiger Sanction - Eastwood
    Daylight - Stallone
    Frequency - James Cavisel
    Backdraft - William Baldwin,Kurt Russell & De Niro
    The Pledge - Nicholson
    The Score - De Niro,Brando & Norton

    And a few more I can't bring to mind at present!!

    I'd love you to try it SG see what you think, you might even
    see Sean Penn in a different light!!

    Cheers
    loz99
     
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    Hey Loz,

    If I can find something else in the HMV 2 for 1 sale that I like then I'll go for it.

    But only if you stop hitting the Return key at the end of each line you type - it's driving me nuts!! ;) :D


    Edit - Ordered it. :D BTW, I just saw you had Frequency in your list there as well - I love that movie :)
     
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    Hi SG!!
    Point taken 'over & out' .
    What you don't know about me (you may have suspected tho') Is I have been attending 'Return Keys Anonimous' for ages now and it's kinda difficult for me. It's habit really, The Missus say's I do it
    in my sleep. I recieve tons of mail from all over The British Isles complaining about it - surely there must be a cure for it, apart from amputating my right hand, I just don't have a clue what to do about it SG!! Can any of you guys imagine what it would be like without your right hand - The mind boggles doesn't it!!

    It's a good ol' movie SG, I know if you like crime thrillers you'll
    love 'The Pledge' (Oh no Whoops I did it Again!! - The Return Key,not the other thing!!

    Edit :) BTW SG Where does a Squirrel hide it's nuts??

    Cheers
    loz99
     
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    Yes SG,
    Frequency is a little gem which keeps one riveted right
    to the end and what a superb & clever ending too!!

    The Pledge, I forgot to mention Mickey Rourke & Harry Dean Stanton as well!! This has got to be one of Jack Nicholson's finest performances ever!!

    loz99
     
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    Well I watched The Pledge and really enjoyed it. It gets very frustrating towards the end though! Anyway, Loz, I've emailed you with my opinion in more detail :) Thanks for the recommendation! I'm now gonna see if I can pick up the Hans Zimmer soundtrack for a reasonable price as I really enjoyed the music as well :)
     
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    Back to the Thin Red Line mentioned earlier. Umm I hired this out from Blockbuster and thought it was the most boring pile of poo I've ever seen IMHO. Maybe I missed the point on the film but I was just soooo disinterested whilst watching. My girlfriend actually got up and went and did something else instead of finishing the film with me. She walked in later and was like "Is that still on???"

    Dave
     
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    I was sorting through my dvds today having recently moved and I came across Deliverance. This reminded me of the last time I watched this film, which was probably 6 or 7 years ago, of a weird effect on one of the scenes.

    So I put the disc in and flicked through the scenes and there it was....
    On scene 19 there is a really weird effect concerning the sky (scene 20 is particularly bad). I presume the scene was shot during the day and then altered later on to look as though it was at night, but it just looks really odd.

    I was wondering if anybody knew the reason for this. Was there problems during the shoot or with the budget which led to this, or prehaps the scene was too dangerous to do at night? Ive looked on imdb but there's no mention of it.
     
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    Im reading the Sun newspaper and following the adventures of "Striker". Warbury warriors football team onboard a private jet,this has just crashed in the backwoods of Georgia and the storyline is a direct take on Deliverance,only instead of three people involved their is awhole soccer team.

    Yeah I know Im sad
     
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    They even got the squeal like a pig reference in there :)
     
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    I've heard so much about this film but embarrassingly I've never seen it. Would the film have the same impact given it's over 30 years old - do you think it's worth tracking down?
     
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    Yes - definitely. It's one of those movies that grips you from the start, and the acting is top notch. Also, the duelling banjos scene is (IMHO) one of the most iconic in cinema history, and worth the price of the DVD alone.
     
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    :eek:

    Definitely, still a great film :thumbsup:

    Its coming out on HD-DVD (and Blu ray) in September ; clicky , and I have absolutely no doubt that I'll want this the second it comes out. Can't wait to see it in HD :clap:
     
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    Sorry havent got the disc near me but is this the scene where Jon Voight has climbed the cliff? If so ,i had this on my R1 version. Sold it and bought a R2 - fine:confused:

    Did you know that the lad is in Big Fish? Grown man now obviously.
    Deliverance and Southern Comfort have been two of my very favourite films for many years. Southern Comfort ,has for me, one of the most tension filled scenes ive seen.
     
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    Thanks guys - given that I've waited this long, I'll probably wait for the HD version then! :)
     

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