In the early 1980s, after the spectacular failure of One From The Heart, Francis Ford Coppola shot back-to-back adaptations of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. Amazingly, until now, the latter hasn’t appeared on Blu-ray but all that is about to change on 27th August thanks to Masters of Cinema.
I haven’t seen Rumble Fish for years but remember its exquisite monochrome photography and one can imagine it’ll look nothing short of eye-popping on Blu-ray. The Outsiders is the more well known and commercially successful of the S.E. Hinton adaptations but Rumble Fish does have its admirers. Rumble Fish is also being released as a Steel Book edition if that sort of thing takes your fancy.
Below is all the info you need on the forthcoming release.
In this second of Francis Ford Coppola’s back-to-back screen adaptations of novels by S. E. Hinton, the grand romanticism of The Outsiders was flipped to create an expressionist, monochrome vision of youthful passion and melancholy, and became one of Coppola’s most personal and dazzling works.
Against a run-down, industrial Tulsa, Oklahoma, Coppola presents a vivid portrait of troubled teenage gang leader Rusty James (Matt Dillon) as he struggles with cohorts, rival gangs, his frustrated girlfriend Patty (Diane Lane), his estranged father (Dennis Hopper), and the return of his idolised older brother The Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke).
• New HD transfer of the film officially licensed from Universal and presented in 1080p in its original aspect ratio
• Original stereo and 5.1 surround soundtracks, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio
• Music and effects track
• Audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
• On Location in Tulsa, a video piece featuring new and vintage interviews and behind-the-scenes footage
• The Percussion-Based Score, a video piece on the film’s soundtrack
• Six deleted scenes
• Original theatrical trailer
• English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired on the feature
• PLUS: A lavish booklet featuring the words of Francis Ford Coppola, rare archival imagery, and more
UK Release Date: 27th August