The 1983 film “The Outsiders” will officially be getting a 4K UHD Blu-ray release on November 9th, via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (stateside) and Studiocanal (in the UK). The film, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, has received a new 4K restoration by his company American Zoetrope. This new 4K restoration includes a new extended version “The Outsiders: The Complete Novel” as well as the original theatrical cut — using the original camera negatives. Below you can find a quote by the filmmaker regarding this new cut of the movie.
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.”
The film, based on the S.E. Hinton novel, starred C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Matt Dillon, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane. The tech specs for the 4K UHD Blu-ray release have not yet been fully detailed but it is known you can expect both versions of the film with HDR10, spanning across a 4-disc set. That being said, one would assume this will be a “combo pack” with a Blu-ray included of the film (perhaps one each for both cuts) and one just for bonus materials? That last bit has not yet been confirmed or detailed, so that’s just based on speculation of what will fill the 4 discs.
There’s obviously no preorder listing yet available over at Amazon or any other retailers, but stay tuned for an update on that among other things in the future. It is known that a digital copy of the film will be included with the release. The bonus materials set to be included on the 4K release have already been detailed and are listed fully below.
- 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
In addition to this physical 4K release of the film, there will be a theatrical re-release as well as a debut on the streaming service HBO Max. Those international dates are listed below.
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
Further below, after the break, you can find the full details about this upcoming re-release and the new cut of the film.