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.
* 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 & EspaÃ±ol
* Subtitles: English, FranÃ§ais & EspaÃ±ol (feature film only)
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Don't you just hate it when the internet starts getting this inconsistent with information? This just in:Tom Peeping wrote: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.
"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.