News: Deliverance 40th Anniversary Celebration

Deliverance reunion Warner Home Video celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1972’s Deliverance and the debut of a new Digibook Blu-ray edition with a screening of the film on Thursday, June 28, at the Steven J. Ross Theatre at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.

In attendance were the thriller’s four stars, who portrayed the quartet of Atlanta businessmen who embark on a fateful (and fatal) canoe journey down Georgia’s fictional Cahulawassee River:  (l-r.) Ned Beatty, Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox and Jon Voight.

A bona fide American classic (directed by John Boorman, a Brit no less!), Deliverance was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2008.

The Oscar-nominated film was a major stepping stone in the careers of all its leading players, particularly Cox, for whom it was his first feature film, and Reynolds, who became a major star following its release.

“It was career changing for me,” said Reynolds at the gathering. “In many ways it was the highlight of my career. It still is.”

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