The Outsiders is based on the classic novel by S. E. Hinton and tells the story of the two social classes in 1966 Tulsa, Oklahoma: The Greasers and the Socs. Primarily, we follow the lives of the greasers; Ponyboy, Darrel and Sodapop Curtis (Howell, Swayze & Lowe) and their friends Dallas and Johnny (Dillon & Macchio), as they struggle to make something of themselves and their lives.
Viewed in component video, the anamorphically enhanced DVD exhibits a sharp and detailed picture though a bit dated. Colors are nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones, rich and warm colors and deep, pure blacks. Much of the film takes place at night, with scenes exhibiting good contrast and shadow delineation. Occasional scenes are revealing of fine film grain. Artifacts are apparent as well as minor edge enhancement, but the picture is quite pleasing overall. The DVD measures 2.35:1, anamorphic and letterbox.
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