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Long Weekend (1978/Umbrella Import Blu-ray)



Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B



Colin 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!


The film stars Briony Behets, John Hargreaves, Mike McEwen, Roy Day, Michael Aitkens and animals that kill!


When 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!


The 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.



Special Features...


Uncut NQH Interviews with Everett De Roche, Briony Behets, and Vincent Monton.


Nature Found Them Guilty: Examining "Long Weekend" panel discussion with film historians Lee Gambin, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Emma Westwood and Sally Christie.


Audio commentary by Executive Producer Richard Brennan and Cinematographer Vincent Monton.


Extensive stills gallery accompanied by an audio interview with actor John Hargreaves.


Original Theatrical Trailer (HD)


and a reversible cover



A 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.



To order this Umbrella import Blu-ray and other hard-to-get releases, go to this link:


http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/



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