Philip Kaufman's The Wanderers Available on Blu-ray and DVD from Kino Lorber
New York, NY -- March 28, 2017 -- Kino Lorber Studio Classics proudly announces the Blu-ray and DVD release of Philip Kaufman's The Wanderers. Based on the acclaimed first novel by Richard Price (The Night Of), the film follows the exploits of the titular Italian-American gang in the Bronx in 1963, just before the country underwent profound change. Part comedy and part drama, the film is an evocative and thrilling look back at a more innocent time.
This cult classic features a jukebox full of golden oldies and a young cast of up and comers including Ken Wahl (Wiseguy), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), and Linda Manz (Days of Heaven), and co-stars John Friedrich, Toni Kalem, Alan Rosenberg, Jim Youngs, Tony Ganios, Dolph Sweet, Michael Wright, Val Avery, Olympia Dukakis and Erland van Lidth de Jeude.
Kino Lorber's new restoration of The Wanderers had its premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco, co-sponsored by the Telluride Film Festival, and played theatrically at LA's Cinefamily and New York's Film Forum, among many other national markets. The Blu-ray and DVD include both the 118 minute original theatrical version, and the 124 minute preview cut, and will be released on March 28, 2017, with a SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $19.95 for the DVD.
Special features including audio commentary by co-writer and director Philip Kaufman; audio commentary by Columbia University Film Professor Annette Insdorf, author of the book Philip Kaufman; Back to the Bronx with Richard Price Featurette; Wanderers Forever - Live Q&A at NYC's Film Forum with Karen Allen, Toni Kalem, Tony Ganios and Richard Price; Q&A at LA's Cinefamily with Philip Kaufman, Alan Rosenberg and Peter Kaufman; audio Q&A at NYC's Film Forum with Philip Kaufman and Richard Price; an introduction by Karen Allen, Toni Kalem and Tony Ganios; and original theatrical trailers and TV spots. The Blu-ray also includes reversible cover art.
The Wanderers was adapted and directed by Philip Kaufman, filmmaker and Oscar®-nominated screenwriter whose career spans 13 films and more than 50 years, and whose credits include such hit films as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Right Stuff, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Henry and June.
The idea to make a film from Price's novel began when the book was brought to Kaufman's attention by his son. Kaufman was struck by the book's colorful characters and sense of time and place in depicting early '60s New York, and, with his wife Rose, immediately began turning it into a screenplay. "It was a dream of a time that was no more, a remembrance of a teenage urban yore, an idyll filled with angst, haunted by music seared into the brain. And it was written with a fast-beating heart and oozing glandular secretions; it was painful, scary, tragic, and funny as hell," recalled Kaufman.
Despite resistance from the studios in getting the film produced, Kaufman persevered, re-writing the script and striving to capture the larger-than-life characters and vivid sense of period detail that Price had conveyed so well in his book. Kaufman successfully created a film of striking visual style and period texture, which was achieved with a talented production team including cinematographer Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), costume designer Robert De Mora, and production designer John Jay Moore.
Although not initially a success at the box office, over the years The Wanderers has gone on to achieve worldwide acclaim and enduring status as a cult classic, including a fan club that meets each year the Telluride Film Festival, wearing replica Wanderers jackets, singing along with the film's classic Oldies soundtrack and reciting all of the dialogue.
Kino Lorber is proud to bring this new restoration of The Wanderers to Blu-ray and DVD, for a new generation of audiences, and looking better than ever before for long-time fans.Director Philip Kaufman said, "And now finally, after almost four decades of wandering, a really heroic gang showed up. They are called the Kino Lorbers. And they decided enough's enough: Leave the kids alone! Wanderers Forever! They created this beautiful Blu-ray. And they're releasing the film in more theaters than it was ever in!!"
Meet the Wanderers, the Coolest Guys in Town! Tully High School seniors Richie, Joey and Perry run with a gang called The Wanderers in the Bronx. The year is 1963 but their experiences are universal: falling in love, surviving in school and defending their turf against rivals like the Fordham Baldies, the Del Bombers and the Ducky Boys. From the acclaimed first novel by Richard Price (Clockers), The Wanderers is a rich fabric of comedy and tragedy, fantasy and farce. Director Philip Kaufman (The Right Stuff) mixes dynamic talents that include Ken Wahl (The Soldier), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Toni Kalem (The Sopranos) and Linda Manz (Days of Heaven) with a jukebox full of golden oldies to generate a heady atmosphere. Like American Graffiti and Saturday Night Fever, this cult-classic is a nostalgic window to a vanished world. Beautifully shot by the great Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull). This special edition includes both the 118 minute original theatrical version and the very rarely seen Preview Cut.
The Wanderers (1979)
Blu-ray & DVD Street Date: March 28, 2017
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95
Director: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, Toni Kalem, Linda Manz, Val Avery, John Friedrich,
Alan Rosenberg, Tony Ganios
124 Minute "Preview Cut" of The Wanderers
Audio Commentary by co-writer and director Philip Kaufman
Audio Commentary by Columbia University Film Professor, Annette Insdorf,
author of the book Philip Kaufman
Back to the Bronx with Richard Price Featurette
Wanderers Forever - Live Q&A at NYC's Film Forum
with Karen Allen, Toni Kalem, Tony Ganios and Richard Price
The Wanderers Q&A at LA's Cinefamily with Philip Kaufman, Alan Rosenberg
and Peter Kaufman
Audio Q&A at NYC's Film Forum with Philip Kaufman and Richard Price
Introduction by Karen Allen, Toni Kalem and Tony Ganios
Original theatrical trailers and TV Spots
Reverse Blu-ray art