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Outsiders, The

The Complete Novel Special Edition
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 101 (Oct 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Glenn Withrow, Diane Lane, Leif Garrett, Darren Dalton

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One gives you an opportunity to watch (in video/audio commentary tracks) The Outsiders with director Francis Coppola; or separately with Tommy

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 22554
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD-9 & DVD-5
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1983
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/20/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Francis Coppola
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Outsiders is based on the classic novel by S. E. Hinton and tells the story of the two social classes in 1966 Tulsa, Oklahoma: The Greasers and the Socs. Primarily, we follow the lives of the greasers; Ponyboy, Darrel and Sodapop Curtis (Howell, Swayze & Lowe) and their friends Dallas and Johnny (Dillon & Macchio), as they struggle to make something of themselves and their lives.

DVD Picture:
Viewed in component video, the anamorphically enhanced DVD exhibits a sharp and detailed picture though a bit dated. Colors are nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones, rich and warm colors and deep, pure blacks. Much of the film takes place at night, with scenes exhibiting good contrast and shadow delineation. Occasional scenes are revealing of fine film grain. Artifacts are apparent as well as minor edge enhancement, but the picture is quite pleasing overall. The DVD measures 2.35:1, anamorphic and letterbox.

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