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PostPosted: Mon Feb 26, 2007 6:39 pm 
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Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Cruising (Deluxe Edition) on 18th September 2007 priced at $19.97 SRP. William Friedkin's murder thriller that is set against the gay S & M subculture of the late ‘70s and prompted widespread community protests when it opened in 1980 makes its long-awaited Region 1 DVD debut later this year.

Directed by Academy Award winner William Friedkin (The French Connection) from his own screenplay adaptation of Gerald Walker's novel, the film has as its magnetic centerpiece Academy Award-winner Al Pacino's (Scent of a Woman) performance as an undercover cop who infiltrates New York City's leather bar scene, and whose identity and relationships are hauntingly affected by his assignment.

Mr. Friedkin has personally supervised the creation of an all new high-definition master and new 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track for the release with new director commentary. Also included are eminent documentarian Laurent Bouzerou's two new featurettes containing interviews with actors and filmmakers who provide thorough perspective on the incidents surrounding the production. In addition to Friedkin and producer Jerry Weintraub (Oceans 11 series, Diner The Firm), participants include editor Bud Smith (The Exorcist, Flashdance, Ladder 49) , actors Don Scardino (now a top TV director) and James Remar (48 Hours, TV's Sex in the City) and real-life cops Randy Jurgensen and Sonny Grosso.

Features include:

* Commentary by Director William Friedkin
* Soundtrack remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1
* 2 New Featurettes: The History of Cruising and Exorcising Cruising
* Original Theatrical trailer
* Languages: English & Español
* Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)


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It's official. More info below.

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In an interview on the French site dvdrama, Friedkin confirms he is presently working on a new cut of Cruising that will include the 40 minutes that were cut at the release of the film back in 1980.
+ more infos: the film will be shown this year in Cannes 2007 (in the Cannes Classics Selection). The DVD will be released mid-2007 and will include Friedkin's commentary, a Laurent Bouzereau's documentary & more.

Don't you just hate it when the internet starts getting this inconsistent with information? This just in:

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"It split the gay community," director Billy Friedkin recalls his 1980 Al Pacino starrer, "Cruising. " It's coming out as a DVD from Warner Home Video this Fall with a premiere in Cannes. Friedkin has remastered it digitally as well as upgraded the sound. But there are no changes in the film itself, he says.

Daily Variety's review by James Harwood noted, "If this is an R, then the only X left is actual hardcore." Friedkin explains, "I was making a statement between the leather-vise world and those in the then-discreet gay community, which had not come out of the closet."

In "Cruising, " Al Pacino plays the young cop sent underground by police chief Paul Sorvino to search for a sadistic killer. Jerry Weintraub produced the film, and it is currently being DVD-augmented with behind-the-scenes background info by Laurent Bouzereau who has edited 150 DVDs, including Spielberg's "War of the Worlds" and "Jaws. "

Friedkin says he was "amazed" to learn that "Cruising" was the most-requested DVD reissue. When I read him critical comments on the rating-achievement of his film, he reminded, "It also took me 50 days of editing to get an R rating for 'The Exorcist'. " Yes, the "Cruising" DVD rating will be R.


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Is there any info about what was cut from the original version? I bought this on VHS recently and watched it for the first time in years and I think an uncut version might fix a lot of the problems with the film.


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To put things straight, here is a post from someone who saw the new Cruising at Cannes.

From HTF Forum:

(quote)"Just got back from the one-time Directors' Fortnight screening of William Friedkin's newly restored version of CRUISING at Cannes. The film was presented in HD as part of the promotion for the Warner Bros. DVD to be released in mid-October. The image looked very crisp. Skin tones looked a little pale in the night and club sequences, but colors really popped for the most part, in particular, the yellow NYC cabs. Sound, in particular, the separation between the various songs and ambient noises, was excellent throughout.

The film attracted a packed house, including Quentin Tarantino. Friedkin appeared to introduce the film and was spirited and appeared quite appreciative of the film's positive reception and the Directors' Fortnight selection committee's decision to screen the film in this year's program. Producer, Jerry Weintraub was also on-hand as he is in Cannes to promote his latest film, OCEANS 13.

The crowd was enthusiastic from start to finish and gave a rapturous applause at the conclusion.

The film is not really much longer than the original cut."

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Friedkin has added bits of explicit club footage and digitally tweaked several existing scenes. The film opens with the new WB logo over the familiar creepy Barre Phillips/Jack Nitzsche underscore. Friedkin has eliminated the disclaimer which attempted to placate the gay community. He has added a scrolling ROCKY-style title credit, which announces CRUISING in bold white on black.

The opening club sequence in which the killer picks up his first on-screen victim has a few extra shots of jock-strap clad dancing patrons.

The "precinct night" sequence features much more explicit footage in the club, intercut with Al Pacino's reactions.

The killing in the park is punctuated by a digital effect which makes the film appear in reverse, negative form at the end of the scene.

When Pacino spys on suspect Stuart Richards as he enters a Columbia University building, the image goes black except for a spotlight around Pacino; the entire image then fades to black.

The sequence in which Pacino dances in the club in front of a flashing, lit-up American flag sign has also been digitally altered in what appears to be an attempt to mimic Pacino's reaction to the amyl nitrate he has just inhaled. There are more cuts to the image of the American flag and more shots of the club patrons and explicit acts going on.

A scene that is often omitted from video and tv prints has been reinstated: this is the scene in which Stuart Richards' friend is interviewed by police about Richards' father; the friend reveals that the father has been dead for ten years, but that Stuart still talks of him being alive.

End credits featured an addendum with credits for the restored version.

The newly inserted snippets, IMHO, are not any more explicit than the footage that has always been in the original R-rated cut. It's just a little more of things that were already there.

Certainly, there is nothing more extreme than the hardcore frames that Friedkin edited into the film prior to its original release."(unquote)


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I read somewhere that Friedkin says that the 40 minutes that he had to cut out of the film is missing or destroyed. He has reportedly recorded an audio commentary for the upcoming DVD - so perhaps at the very least we might get a description of what scenes are missing.

High-Def Digest reveals that the restored version screened at Cannes was from a "freshly minted high-definition master" and was 103 minutes in length with a new opening sequence, more "graphic scenes" and other footage previously left on the cutting room floor. But according to Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide (along with imdb.com) the original theatrical release was 106 minutes. How can the restored version be 3 minutes shorter?


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:41 am 
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A very interesting if faulty reduction of a plethora of posts that came before.

David Ehrenstein's significant posts are tanto, and so are mine. And others. Where are they Mods?

Whatever YOU think, I think the movie needs an adequate discussion BEFORE the DVD comes out.

Let's start this one up again. You simply CANNOT discuss this movie without background.


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davidhare wrote:
David Ehrenstein's significant posts are tanto, and so are mine. And others. Where are they Mods?

This is a different thread. Your posts and David E.'s are right here where you left them.


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Milles mercis! Paranoia setting in.


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My God. September is going to be a killer month.


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They should have just used the VHS cover with him in full leather daddy attire.


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Lino wrote:

I love how they capitalize the title in the line "Al Pacino is Cruising for a killer," just so we know it's the title!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 3:53 am 
Kind of shocked that the beaver hasn't posted on this yet...

Anyone have the disc? Anyone???


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Dave Kehr's review is up

It's kinda funny he was writing that, just as I was penning my total and complete loathing for this movie a few minutes ago.

Dave is a reviewer I have liked a lot for years, but this takes the - er lion's fancy. His seemingly post-classical gloss over the successive formal idiocies of this movie frankly makes me wonder whether he was awake when he wrote this. A point - when Pacino says "I like to watch" at the Rambles it's clearly a prompt for an intended shared (straight) audience reaction, meant to prop up the determinedly shocked middlebrows who alwaysy thought this crap was some kind of fucking statement.

It's garbage. It always was garbage. And it will always be garbage.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:41 am 
Seems to me that whoever owns the rights to Boys From The Band missed out by not releasing it today... I sure as hell would have bought both of them?


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Boys in the Band is still coming this year. I read it somewhere online. And so is a SE of Sorcerer.


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Lino wrote:
Boys in the Band is still coming this year. I read it somewhere online. And so is a SE of Sorcerer.

According to this thread on another site, a 2-disc SE of The Boys in the Band is slated for 2008.

And from Scott Holleran at boxofficemojo.com:

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According to the director, Warner Home Video is releasing Cruising on DVD—with a digitally remastered print, audio commentary and bonus features—because the movie ranked remarkably high in multiple choice retail surveys of titles customers wanted to see on DVD. William Friedkin also announced that his 1977 thriller Sorcerer, crushed at that summer's box office by Star Wars, will get a 30th anniversary DVD edition. He added that his gay-themed The Boys in the Band is also planned for DVD release.


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Damnit...It's been delayed in Canada until the 25th. Not as bad as having to wait an extra week for If...., but still: I need me some indefensible trash. Maybe Warner Canada thought that releasing this and the DE of Deliverance on the same day would just be too crude (I jest).


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Some very interesting debate about the film over at Slant:

Ed Gonzalez's Blog Entry

Eric Henderson's Review


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Sorry if this has already been asked and answered, but do we know if this is the theatrical version or a directors cut with additional scenes?


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ranaing83 wrote:
Sorry if this has already been asked and answered, but do we know if this is the theatrical version or a directors cut with additional scenes?

DVD Talk's review indicates that there are some changes (so it is a "director's cut" as opposed to theatrical), but that they're relatively minor. DVD Talk also seems to indicate there has been some colour manipulation (more of a blue-ish tint to everything), but DVD Beaver (without solid evidence) suggests this is how it looked theatrically. I guess that it's anybody's guess, outside of those who saw it theatrically or on VHS, but I have a feeling that Friedkin messed with the pallete, given DVD Talk's mentioning of one scene that's been given a blur effect: if he did that, would it be any surprise that he'd fiddled with the colours as well? Sheer speculation on my part, however: any more authoritative voice(s) care to speak?


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tavernier wrote:
I love how they capitalize the title in the line "Al Pacino is Cruising for a killer," just so we know it's the title!

I noticed on my DVD I got yesterday that line was omitted.


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Now if only someone would release Windows. Talking about garbage with a capital "g."

Ah, to dream...


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Now if only someone would release Windows. Talking about garbage with a capital "g."

Ah, to dream...

Oh the things that happen when great cinematographers think they can do it all...


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Last night I walked away from my first viewing of Cruising ultimately bored. How dreadfully dull and blah. What a waste. Who the killer was, I couldn't give a fuck. There was no development of anything or anyone. The camera simply dragged through Hell's Kitchen, screaming "look at them, how gay men spent their nights, how soulless they were" - the sole purpose of the film I felt.

I was offended in a way by how they were portrayed as "butcher/monster predators". Didn't Friedkin make sure to bring out the demonic menace in every gay guy's eyes?! But if the film was supposed to be seen in a homophobic heterosexual's POV, then I'd not be offended as much but Cruising ignored that, constantly blurring its POV all the way through.

And I didn't know leather guys love to dance that much.


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