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Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Outsiders' gets new 4K restoration

Francis Ford Coppola’s classic 1983 film, The Outsiders, would introduce a whole new generation of actors to Hollywood, including Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez and Patrick Swayze. Later in 2021, there will be no better way to view the classic film than the recently announced 4K restoration of the film from STUDIOCANAL.

Announcing the brand new restoration in a press release with STUDIOCANAL, Warner Bros. and American Zoetrope, the brand new 4K version of the American coming-of-age drama is titled, The Outsiders: The Complete Novel. Created to give fans of the original film a more comprehensive adaptation of the original S.E. Hinton novel, Coppola’s definitive version includes new music and several scenes cut from the theatrical version. 

When discussing the restoration, Coppola reported, “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”. Continuing, he adds, “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”. 

Considered the very first “brat pack” movie due to the appearance of C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio and Diane Lane, The Outsiders takes place in 1960s Oklahoma, where two rival gangs experience the consequences of their actions. 

Commenting on the brand new restoration James Mockoski, Film Archivist and Restoration Supervisor at American Zoetrope noted: “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”. 

The impressive 5-disc 4K UHD Collector’s Edition will include the original theatrical version alongside the brand new restored film as well as a wide range of special features, including:

  • Carmine Coppola CD soundtrack
  • 64-page booklet with never-before-seen original content
  • 5 art cards
  • 2 posters created by Tony Stella
  • ‘Stay Gold’ pin badge
  • Francis Ford Coppola Introduction
  • Audio Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola
  • Audio Commentary with Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio and Patrick Swayze.

The Outsiders: The Complete Novel will be released in cinemas on October 15th, with the 4K Collector’s Edition available on November 8th 2021.

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