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WARNER BROS. AND STUDIOCANAL ANNOUNCE
A BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION
OF
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA’S
THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL
IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN ZOETROPE

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Burbank, CA – August 24, 2021 – 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 release THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL theatrically in the US and Canada beginning on September 26thwith tickets going on sale this week. Details are available at Fandango.com. 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).


Said 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.”

STUDIOCANAL is handling the release internationally and will release THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL theatrically in the UK, and will make both it and the original version available in a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition and on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital platforms starting November 8th.

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-calibre careers.

THE OUTSIDERS takes place in '60s Oklahoma, centring 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 realisation 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.”

U.S. and International Release Dates:

NORTH AMERICA
(Warner Bros) – Theatrical September 26, Home Entertainment November 9, HBO Max November 16, TCM Fall 2021
UK HOME (STUDIOCANAL) – Theatrical TBC, Home Entertainment November 8
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND (STUDIOCANAL) – Home Entertainment November 10
GERMANY (STUDIOCANAL) – Home Entertainment November 11

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
 
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The new music is a mixed bag for me. It improves the movie in some scenes, but there are other scenes that I wished Coppola had left his father's score intact. On the other hand, the deleted footage does add a lot more to the movie in terms of character development, especially the scenes with Ponyboy and his brothers. Rob Lowe gets to shine in those new scenes.
 

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The new music is a mixed bag for me. It improves the movie in some scenes, but there are other scenes that I wished Coppola had left his father's score intact. On the other hand, the deleted footage does add a lot more to the movie in terms of character development, especially the scenes with Ponyboy and his brothers. Rob Lowe gets to shine in those new scenes.

I assume by "new music" you mean "new-er music," the rock score Coppola used as a substitute for Carmine's lush (sometimes overly lush) orchestral score many years back for the first Blu-ray. I happen to think his father's original score is very atmospheric and gives it some weight that was taken away when your everyday song score -- so pervasive in 80's films -- was put in instead, although I like the editing and inclusion of missing footage on the redux. The way Coppola has this 4K release set up, you can pick and choose either version (thank you, Francis!), and I'll watch both from time to time. They each have merit, but, largely because of the huge disparities of music, feel like entirely different movies, and one is not necessarily better than the other.
 
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Francis Ford Coppola’s
THE OUTSIDERS THE COMPLETE NOVEL
COMES TO 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK AND DIGITAL FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT


THE RENOWNED DIRECTOR’S INFLUENTIAL COMING OF AGE DRAMA WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4K RESOLUTION WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE (HDR)

The Outsiders The Complete Novel and The Outsiders will be available on November 9 on 4K Ultra HD and Digital

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BURBANK, CA, November 9, 2021 – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced today the availability of Academy Award®-winning visionary director Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders The Complete Novel on Ultra HD Blu-ray and Digital.

From Warner Bros., STUDIOCANAL, and American Zoetrope, The Outsiders The Complete Novel was 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.

The 4K UHD disc of The Outsiders The Complete Novel will also include a 4K UHD version of the original theatrical version of The Outsiders.

Additionally, The Outsiders The Complete Novel will air on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on Friday, November 12 at 8:00PM and will be available on HBO Max beginning on Tuesday, November 16.

Said 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.”

Directed by Coppola and based on S.E. Hinton’s 1967 novel “The Outsiders,” the film was written by Kathleen Rowell and produced by Gray Frederickson and Fred Roos. The film stars C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise and Leif Garrett.

The 4K restoration was conducted by American Zoetrope Head of Archives and Restoration James Mockoski who worked closely with Coppola during the remastering process.

Ultra HD* showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.

The Outsiders The Complete Novel will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $34.99 ERP. Fans can also own The Outsiders The Complete Novel in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on November 9.

About the Film:
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.


Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Elements
The Outsiders The Complete Novel
Ultra HD Blu-ray disc contains the following special features:
  • An Introduction to The Outsiders: The Complete Novel with Francis Ford Coppola
  • Commentaries – Watch The Outsiders with Francis Ford Coppola and Watch the Outsiders with Greasers and a Soc: Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Diane Lane
  • Restoring The Outsiders
  • Staying Gold: A Look Back at the Outsiders
  • Outsider Looking In
  • Stephen H. Burum on The Outsiders
  • Old House New Home
  • On Location in Tulsa with S.E. Hinton
  • Screen Tests and Auditions: Fred Ross and the Casting of The Outsiders
  • Cast Readings
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 2005 Trailer
  • 2021 Trailer

The Outsiders The Complete Novel original feature film Ultra HD Blu-ray disc contains the following special features:
  • Staying Gold: A Look Back at the Outsiders
  • Outsider Looking In
  • Old House New Home
  • On Location in Tulsa with S.E. Hinton
  • Screen Tests and Auditions: Fred Ross and the Casting of The Outsiders
  • Cast Readings
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 1983 Trailer
  • 2021 Trailer

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On November 9, The Outsiders The Complete Novel 4K UHD will be available to own for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on favorite devices from select digital retailers and will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.


BASICS
PRODUCT ERP

Ultra HD Blu-ray $34.99 ERP
Standard Street Date: November 9
EST Street Date: November 9
Ultra HD Blu-ray Languages: English 5.1, Dolby Digital: French & Spanish
Ultra HD Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Run Time: 115 minutes (extended version), 92 minutes (theatrical version)
Rated: Extended Version – PG-13; Theatrical Version - PG

 

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I am really pleased that the powers that be opted to include an upgraded transfer of the original theatrical version. I've always had a soft spot for Carmine Coppola's moody, stringy score.
 

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Watch the new documentary “Restoring The Outsiders”. Fascinating look at how it was restored. It is the first time they have scanned the original negative, and they completely rebuilt all the optical effects from original elements rather than using the dupe material that was cut into the original negative. They were able to do this because Coppola saved everything and did not discard original negative after it was processed into optical effects. This is what is impossible to do with films like Giant.
 

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