Weekend (1978/Umbrella Import Blu-ray)
B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B
Eggleston's 1978 Australian classic thriller Long Weekend
lands on Blu-ray disc in grand fashion thanks to the good folks at
Umbrella Entertainment, restored for the first time. The film plays
on some interesting themes such as nature revolting against humans
due to carelessness to their environment. In many ways, this is what
M. Night Shymalan's The Happening should have been a better
model of, but here's the original Oz-Ploitation classic!
film stars Briony Behets, John Hargreaves, Mike McEwen, Roy Day,
Michael Aitkens and animals that kill!
a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach for a
'long weekend', they're very careless towards and disrespectful of
the environment around them, scattering their things about, shooting
anything that moves, and making themselves a bit too comfortable.
Soon after, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood
as animals and everything else that makes up the land turns against
them. Their relaxing weekend getaway becomes hell on earth!
film has been given the 1080p high definition treatment with a 2.35:1
widescreen aspect ratio (shot in real 35mm anamorphic Panavision) and
a great sounding DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track
(upgraded from the original theatrical monophonic sound) that blows
away previous releases of the film on other formats. If you're a fan
of the film then you'll definitely want to track this edition down
and if you've never seen it, this is the copy to catch.
NQH Interviews with Everett De Roche, Briony Behets, and Vincent
Found Them Guilty: Examining "Long Weekend" panel
discussion with film historians Lee Gambin, Alexandra
Heller-Nicholas, Emma Westwood and Sally Christie.
commentary by Executive Producer Richard Brennan and Cinematographer
stills gallery accompanied by an audio interview with actor John
Theatrical Trailer (HD)
a reversible cover
fun film for sure, if not a little dated, there's a lot to like about
Long Weekend, especially thanks to this great release by
Umbrella import Blu-ray and other hard-to-get releases, go to this