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The Outsiders (SE)
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Oct 6, 2005 By: Quigles
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Director:
Francis Ford Coppola

Actors:
C. Thomas Howell
Ralph Macchio
Matt Dillon

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Based on the novel, THE OUTSIDERS revolves around two rival gangs, the greasers and the socs (pronounced so-shuz). Two of the greasers, Ponyboy and Johnny, go into hiding after killing one of the socs, thus setting into place a heated battle between the opposing gangs; even more so though, between themselves.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Both the book and movie for THE OUTSIDERS have great followings, so its no surprise that the film is getting the special DVD treatment. What is surprising, however, is just how great the treatment really is. Of course the fairly standard 2-disc extras treatment is present, as well as remastered audio and video, but the real treat here is, as the special edition title implies, that this is THE COMPLETE NOVEL. The extra footage completely changes the tone of the movie, as does the redone music. The movie is now much more like how it shouldve been, that of course being, the book. Fans of the novel should love this revamped and, in my opinion, much improved version of the film.

Probably one of the most standout aspects of the movie is the cast. The list of actors is amazing, including such greats as Patrick Swayze, Tom Cruise, Diane Lane, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Ralph Macchio. Now THATS a cast! Granted, most of them are side characters, but its pretty cool to see them nonetheless. Besides, the movie really is about the characters anyway, so its only right that memorable actors such as these were selected for the roles.

THE OUTSIDERS really was made for teens. Its about the emotions and problems of teens, and how theyre forced into different groups branded with labels, and the like. The story is overblown, and is at times more like a soap opera than a film, but the ideas are there, and it shows. I wouldnt call it a classic like so many others, but I certainly appreciate the effort, and you should too.
THE EXTRAS
And now we get to the special features, which only further improve an already great DVD set.

Disc 1:

Commentary (with director Francis Ford Coppola): This is an excellent track accompanied by an equally informative intro. Coppola is very personable and has plenty of interesting things to talk about. He discusses the movies development, cast, story, and more. Check it out.

Commentary (with the greasers and a soc): The speakers here are Howell, Macchio, Swayze, and Lane, with Lowe and Dillon being spliced in through a different recording. While Coppolas commentary is great through an informative standpoint, this one is great for a different reason. The speakers discuss their many memories working of the film, and then talk about how theyve matured and developed as actors over the years. Very interesting.

Disc 2:

Stay Gold: A Look Back at The Outsiders (26:24): A simple, engaging and mildly informative featurette filled with interviews. Various members of the cast discuss their very unique past experiences working on THE OUTSIDERS.

S.E. Hinton on Location in Tulsa (7:33): This featurette allows viewers to see the author of the novel, as well as why certain locations where chosen for shooting. Very cool.

The Casting of The Outsiders (13:57): This cool extra includes information on (obviously) the casting of the movie, but also some interesting audition footage of the actors.

Readings (7:23): Sort of pointless extra that has a number of the actors (Lowe, Swayze, Howell, Dillon, Macchio, Garrett & Lane) reading snippets of the book.

NBC News Today Segment (4:44): This is a story about how the movie was started simply by a petition from a group of school kids in an English class. Nothing new, but somewhat amusing to watch.

Additional Scenes: There are 6 scenes, most of which run around 1-2 minutes. As soon as they play, you will know why they were cut. The main thing I noticed is that some of them were so much more explicit about the ideas from the story, ruining the fun.

Also included are the Original Theatrical Trailer and DVD Credits.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Both versions of THE OUTSIDERS are good, but I feel this restored edition comes full circle in its delivery of the story, unlike that of the theatrical release, which seemed a little lacking when it came down to bringing the book to life. On top of that, the so-called epic score has been replaced with better-suited rock songs, all of which are great. Some may complain, but they shouldnt, because it makes complete sense. After all, this is a film made for teens, and teens love their rock and roll.

Even though I dont outright love THE OUTSIDERS, I do like it quite a bit - certainly enough to recommend a rental. And in the case of THE COMPLETE NOVEL edition, even a purchase. I dont normally suggest double dipping for DVDs, but for this specific case, I can make an exception.
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