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Warner Brings a New 'Outsiders'

12 Jul, 2005 By: Jessica Wolf

Warner Home Video Sept. 20 will release an extended version of The Outsiders, the seminal tale by S.E. Hinton. The Outsiders: The Complete Novel Edition features 22 minutes of added footage. The studio and director Francis Ford Coppola also have replaced the 1983 film's original score with a new soundtrack featuring music from Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Sandy Nelson and others.

The extended version is a wholly new movie, more closely following the book, said DVD producer Kim Aubrey, who also worked with Coppola on Apocalypse Now Redux. This version shifts the focus away from Matt Dillon's rebel character and toward the Curtis boys — Darryl, SodaPop and Ponyboy — portrayed by Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and C. Thomas Howell, respectively.

The opening of the film is new, following Ponyboy home from the theater as he gets jumped by a gang of Socs (upper-class kids). Fans will see more interaction between the brothers and their gang of Greasers and an added scene introducing the Greasers, played by Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise and Emilio Estevez.

A scene at the end of the movie with the Curtis brothers and a courtroom montage also were inserted back in 1986 for The Outsiders' network TV broadcast.

Many of the added scenes were chosen at fans' request, Aubrey said. One DVD extra shows Coppola with reams of letters from Outsiders fans.

“Francis really wanted to respond to the film's avid fans,” he said.

On the director's commentary, Aubrey said, Coppola addresses the “sensitive subject” of replacing the film's original score — composed by his father, Carmine Coppola — with a rock soundtrack.

Originally, Francis Ford Coppola wanted to make the film with an all-Elvis soundtrack, Aubrey said, but it was too expensive at the time.

Other extras on the double-disc set include the making-of documentary Stay Gold; a new introduction and commentary from stars Dillon, Macchio, Howell, Swayze, Lowe and Diane Lane; the featurette “Then and Now: The Outsiders on Location”; casting footage; screen tests; and more.

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