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.
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.
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.