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William Friedkin's Sorcerer Heading to Blu-ray

Posted September 14, 2013 01:23 AM by Webmaster

Warner 90th AnniversaryDirector William Friedkin has confirmed via his Facebook page that Warner Brothers is planning to release Sorcerer (1977) on Blu-ray in 2014. Paramount Pictures will also bring the film to U.S. theaters. The preliminary street date for the Blu-ray release is April 14th.

Synopsis: Set on the edge of a South American jungle, a desperate four-man team, led by Roy Scheider, must transport a volatile cargo of nitroglycerine over 200 miles of treacherous terrain in order to stop a potentially disastrous oil fire. Featuring a beautiful soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. Also starring Francisco Rabal, Amidou, Bruno Cremer, Ramon Bieri, and Joe Spinell.




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Kill Bren
  Sep 14, 2013
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it'll be good to see this in widescreen finally

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Danielle Ni Dhighe
  Sep 14, 2013
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Yes!!!

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prkprkprk
  Sep 14, 2013
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Great news! I'll definitely pick this up!

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Blu-Velvet
  Sep 14, 2013
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Wonderful! I haven't seen this since it was in theatres, and remember liking it about as much as WAGES OF FEAR but in slightly different ways.

Citizen281
  Sep 14, 2013
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YES indeed! Bring it!
mapsapjap7
  Sep 14, 2013
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It's about time. The SORCERER DVD is a pan-n-scan rip-off so, I could not force myself to shell out the cash for it when it was released in 2005. So glad to finally see a release date. I will definitely be seeing the theater release before buying the Blu-ray. A flop in it's day thanks to films like STAR WARS and ROCKY, This film may break even yet.
nickola
  Sep 14, 2013
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ohhh finaly. hope it will be SE
nitin
  Sep 14, 2013
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always wanted to see this, this will be a fine option.

Gerby
  Sep 14, 2013
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Just to clarify, the DVD is not pan & scan...the movie wasn't shot in widescreen, it was shot open matte. (For anyone who doesn't understand, it was shot in fullscreen 1:33:1 aspect ratio & matted to either 1:66:1 or 1:85:1 for theatrical release). I hope they include both options for the blu ray release.
Professeur Shadoko
  Sep 14, 2013
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Great news! I've wanted to see this film for a long time but I've never been able to do so. I've seen the original movie "Le Salaire de la peur" (Wages of Fear) and it was great.

Tweety
  Sep 14, 2013
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Finally the chance to upgrade the DVD to the Blu-Ray version, can't wait to see the specifications.

trombone dixie
  Sep 14, 2013
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I was really hoping for a Criterion release of this. Either way, I'm super excited.

slimdude
  Sep 14, 2013
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Great news! Sorcerer has been rumored for a blu-ray release for awhile, and now it's finally official!

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wnicholas76
  Sep 14, 2013
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I've never seen Sorcerer before, but it looks really good. And I love the late, great Roy Scheider in any film he's in. Day one for me.
chris42
  Sep 14, 2013
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Gerby - you are correct that the movie was shot open matte. However the DVD IS pan & scan. On a now closed blog, a collector used a screen shot from the movie where the originally picked drivers are being spoken to by the foreman. The DVD completely eliminates the driver (on the right) who is murdered by the man who ends up with Roy Scheider's character, whereas the 35mm screen cap from an original print shows all four drivers and the foreman all within the frame.
filmczy
  Sep 14, 2013
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Friedkin has always been obsessed with this movie. He's bound and determined to prove it's the masterpiece he thinks it is. I hope he doesn't tweak this one to death like he has THE EXORCIST.

His next obsession? Finally getting RAMPAGE released...

Gerby
  Sep 14, 2013
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Chris42 - on the DVD does the image pan across to show the driver on the right who is cut off the edge of the frame in the scene you mention?

fuwa
  Sep 14, 2013
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I saw the trailer for this at the Coronet theater in San Francisco while waiting to view Star Wars. The soundtrack for Sorcerer sounded awesome with the audio set up the Coronet used at the time. I have The Wages Of Fear blu-ray, a great movie.
Daytripper
  Sep 14, 2013
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April !?? Why so long?

tcaran
  Sep 14, 2013
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Looking forward to this. The first and only time I saw Sorcerer was when it was first released, in a drive-in theater (might have been the last film I saw in a drive in). My date didn't like it, I did. One thing I still remember is the score by Tangerine Dream; talk about setting the mood. I'm really curious to see how I'll feel about it now.

CandyStalker
  Sep 14, 2013
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Perfect timing: just finished reading the Friedkin biography. Saw it in the theater TWICE when first released. Bought the laserdisc and saw it AGAIN in the theater for a Friedkin Q&A in San Francisco. So... I win. Can't fuckin' wait!

EPlay
  Sep 14, 2013
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Finally. I saw it on release theatrically because I'm a Scheider fan. Left an impression to this day.

montyb
  Sep 14, 2013
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Only Criterion could do justice with this "hard to transfer to home video" release. Hoping Warner will continue (like Universal) to release this in the director's preferred 1.33 aspect ratio. I like how Friedkin said it added to the claustrophobia. This is not a pan and scan issue. I am hoping Warner does NOT use DNR to remove all that film grain and hoping they allow Friedkin to supervise the transfer. Strange Warner is releasing this when it was owned by Universal at one time. I know Warner is putting out Paramount catalog titles, not sure of Universal catalog titles.
atamo
  Sep 14, 2013
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Friedkin suggests on Twitter that it'll be 1.85:1 (https://twitter.com/WilliamFriedkin/status/301145196299694080). It sounds like he just preferred 1.33:1 for home video when that was the aspect ratio of TVs.
chris42
  Sep 14, 2013
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Gerby - no pan, he is simply cut off the side of the image. But if you get a chance to see this in the theaters, he is definitely in the shot (based on the frame blow-up I referred to earlier). I' guessing the DVD was scanned from a print, but mastered through a hard-matte telecine and blown up for the DVD master.
billyearle
  Sep 14, 2013
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Been wanting to see this for a long time. I hope seeing this first won't ruin WAGES OF FEAR for me, as I still haven't gotten to that either. I know it's usually better to see the original classic first, but with it's cinematography and the Tangerine Dream score, as well as my feeling Friedkin is still in his prime here, this just seems so much more to my taste right now.

Aerodude73
  Sep 15, 2013
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I read about the Tremendous difficulty Friedkin had in making this movie in his recent Autobiography, "THE FRIEDKIN CONNECTION: A Memoir", itself a Spectacular book for Any/All fans of this extremely talented Director. Do yourselves a favor & Order the book today. LINK: http://www.amazon.com/The-Friedkin-Connection-A-Memoir/dp/0061775126/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379220083&sr=8-1&keywords=friedkin+connection

Look forward to this movie & some early reviews on it (PQ/AQ, Bonus Material), but will of course end up buying it as I am weak.
mdonovan
  Sep 15, 2013
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This movie looks incredible ... Why have i not seen this before ?? Is it good ?

postmodel
  Sep 15, 2013
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"This Film May Not Be Suitable For Pre-Teenagers" - Gotta love it

Seriously though, I've never seen this movie and that trailer sold me. I may just pick it up; blind buy.

rrpmpstck
  Sep 16, 2013
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Great news. This is a truly haunting film. You will be thinking about this for days after you see it.

The Fallen Deity
  Sep 17, 2013
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@montyb

This transfer was approved by Friedkin, read his Twitter page.

On another note, I'll definitely be getting this.

Friedkin was at his prime in the 70's.


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