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WHV Press Release: SORCERER (Blu-ray Book)

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#1 of 135 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 06 2014 - 11:32 AM

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SORCERER

MAKES LONG-AWAITED DEBUT ON BLU-RAY™ APRIL 22

William Friedkin’s Lauded Film Now Newly Remastered,

with 40 Page Blu-ray Book

Burbank, Calif., January 6, 2014 – William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, the cult suspense thriller that has been largely overlooked since its 1977 release, has now been acquired and fully restored by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and will make its Blu-ray™ debut on April 22, 2014. The release, also available on DVD, will be packaged as a 40-page Blu-ray book filled with beautiful images from the film and excerpts from the book, “The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir.”

 

Sorcerer is derived from the same Georges Arnaud novel that inspired Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1953 French classic, The Wages of Fear. The film, made following the successes of Friedkin’s The FrenchConnection and The Exorcist, tells the story of four men who, for various reasons, cannot return to their own countries and end up in a dismal South American town where an American oil company is seeking courageous drivers willing to haul nitroglycerin through 200 miles of treacherous terrain. The four displaced men have nothing to lose so they agree for a small payment of cash.

 

Roy Scheider (Jaws), Bruno Cremer (Under the Sun), Francisco Rabal (Dagon) and Amidou (Ronin) star in Sorcerer which Friedkin directed from a Walon Green (The Wild Bunch) screenplay. The haunting music was the first credit for Tangerine Dream, the German electronic experimental band who went on to provide many successful scores for such films as “Risky Business,” “VisionQuest” and “Catch Me if You Can.”

 

Over the years, awareness of the film has been steadily building as a result of Friedkin fan requests and newly-found praise from critics[1]. Then last year, the director was asked to introduce Sorcerer for its screening at the Venice 70th International Film Festival where he was presented with the Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement.

In a recent L.A. Times interview, prior to the Venice Film Festival, Friedkin offered some theories as to why the film may have failed to achieve commercial success when it was initially released:

 

"The only known actor, who was not a major star, was Roy Scheider…and people didn't really understand the significance of the title [the name of one of the trucks] -- they thought it was a film similar to 'The Exorcist.’ [But most importantly], the film came out just after 'Star Wars,' a movie that became the template for the future of American film, which it basically still is.

“I have a great fondness for Sorcerer, more than any other film I’ve made.. Sorcerer is the one I hope to be remembered for and the one film that came closest to my vision.”

 

The film has been remastered by Warner Bros., under Friedkin’s supervision along with colorist Bryan McMahan who has worked with the director since 1994. "The new restoration makes the film appear as if it was just made. None of the essentials — the clothes, the hair — are dated in any way. It looks the way it looked to me when I looked through the lens of the camera," said Friedkin.

 

The restoration began with a 4K film resolution scan of the original 35mm camera negative. 

Ned Price, Chief Preservation Officer of Warner Bros. Technical Operations, who oversees restoration projects for the studio, said, “I was amazed at the brilliance of the original photography. Up to this point, I had only seen poor quality 35mm theatrical prints made from inferior subtitled dupe negatives. Working from the 4K scan allowed us to free up all the information contained in the original negatives.”

 

 

The soundtrack was restored from the original 35mm 4-track stereo masters which were in remarkably good condition and contained full dynamic range.

 

The new restoration allows audiences to appreciate the true visual and aural impact of this film.

 

 

SORCERER BLU-RAY and DVD

Street Date: April 22, 2014

Order Due Date: March 18, 2014

Rating: NR

Feature Run time: 121 mins.

BR Cat/UPC 1000445651/ 883929387762

BR Pricing: $27.98 SRP

DVD Cat/UPC 1000443949/ 883929383047

DVD Pricing: $12.96 SRP

 

 

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

 

 

Blu-ray Disc™ and Blu-ray™ and the logos are the trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association.

 

Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs™ offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

 

 

 

 

[1] Among them: Peter Sobczynski,,eFilmCritic.Com; Brent Lang,,The Wrap; Nat Segaloff, Harvard Film Archive..

 

 

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#2 of 135 Stephen_J_H

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Posted January 06 2014 - 11:34 AM

Day 1 buy for me blind. I've wanted to see this film for a very long time, but wanted to see it properly done.


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Posted January 06 2014 - 12:29 PM

My wallet is eager to be emptied.



#4 of 135 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 06 2014 - 12:31 PM

Never seen this movie, though based on its popularity, I will buy it blindly.

 

I always thought for some reason that this was a Universal release.  

 

In any event, I know how much HTF members have been wanting this Blu-ray

and I am very happy to see it finally getting its due release.  I can trust that

Warner will do a beautiful job with this.


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Posted January 06 2014 - 12:38 PM

I always thought for some reason that this was a Universal release.

 

It was produced jointly by Universal and Paramount. I guess it's Warner's now through their distribution deal with Paramount.


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#6 of 135 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 06 2014 - 12:40 PM

It was produced jointly by Universal and Paramount

 

Okay, so my memory isn't as hazy as I thought.  I just remember seeing the

Universal logo on this.  

 

I tell you, I am quite happy that Warner is handling Paramount's library.  Not

certain what kind of treatment Paramount would have done with this on their own.


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Posted January 06 2014 - 12:41 PM

Nice to see this released, I'll be waiting for a sale though.


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Posted January 06 2014 - 12:44 PM

Day One.  Been waiting for this for YEARS.  And how great to see it in Warner's hands.    

 

Oh, the hell with it.  This calls for a    :rock:   !!!



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Posted January 06 2014 - 01:21 PM

Looking forward to seeing it again. I don't think I've seen it since it premiered.



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Posted January 06 2014 - 01:37 PM

Certainly all in on this one. Great film and probably will be like seeing it for the first time. 



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Posted January 06 2014 - 01:48 PM

Played this at a theatre I managed. Checked out the print before opening day and was blown away by it. The tension in some of the scenes was chair gripping. Day one buy for me also. Wish the film had done better box office. It deserved it.

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Posted January 06 2014 - 03:06 PM

can't wait!! looking forward to Harris' comments as well!!



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Posted January 08 2014 - 06:57 PM

I've never seen this, but I've been waiting a long time to do so. I want to see how it compares to "Wages Of Fear".


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Posted January 09 2014 - 02:42 AM

Okay, so my memory isn't as hazy as I thought.  I just remember seeing the

Universal logo on this.  

 

I think the way it shakes out is that Paramount will continue to handle theatrical bookings - the new DCP will be getting screened in advance of this release - and Universal will ultimately get TV rights to this restoration.


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Posted January 13 2014 - 11:30 AM

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Posted January 15 2014 - 03:35 PM

Is there another film called "Catch Me If You Can" That TD did the score for? I think that's a great typo if not...
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Posted January 15 2014 - 03:37 PM

Is there another film called "Catch Me If You Can" That TD did the score for? I think that's a great typo if not...

 

Had to look it up, but yes.

 

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Posted January 28 2014 - 11:55 AM

Slightly off topic but related if you listen to this podcast:

 

http://projection-bo...0-cruising.html

 

During the interview with Randy Jurgensen he says they are preparing a blu-ray of Cruising. Thought that might be of interest to Friedkin fans. 


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#20 of 135 Mark Cappelletty

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Posted January 28 2014 - 01:23 PM

Slightly off topic but related if you listen to this podcast:

 

http://projection-bo...0-cruising.html

 

During the interview with Randy Jurgensen he says they are preparing a blu-ray of Cruising. Thought that might be of interest to Friedkin fans. 

 

 

That would be weird given that WB just dumped the DVD down to "Archive" status just last year… except that they're doing the same thing with GET CARTER, which I never thought we'd see in hi-def. 







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