Thursday, April 9, 2015
Blu-ray Review: LONG WEEKEND (1978)
Directed by: Colin Eggleston
Distributed by Synapse Films / CAV Distributing
I recently watched a film that was sent to me for review that I had never heard of before. It's rare that I come across a film I've never heard of. There are plenty that I haven't seen, but I at least know about, but this one I had never even heard of the title before. The film was LONG WEEKEND which is a great revenge flick from 1978. Instead unlike most revenge flicks, in this film it's animals that are getting revenge on humans!
Here's the basic plot from the Synapse Website:
Attempting to resurrect their failing marriage, Peter (John Hargreaves, THE ODD ANGRY SHOT) and Marcia (Briony Behets) set out on a camping trip to a deserted stretch of the Australian coastline hoping a long weekend in the sunshine will help them patch their differences. They are a careless couple, littering the countryside with garbage, shooting guns and even driving away after wounding a kangaroo with their automobile. Their callous disregard for the environment soon becomes apparent when the animals start to seek vengeance. Marcia and Peter have proven themselves to be destroyers of nature. Will the animals allow them to leave or will they too be destroyed?
This was a very fun film that I highly recommend. It's not gory or even really that scary, in fact, it's quite tame by today's standards. I'm sure it was quite shocking at the time of it's release, though. That being said, it's still a wonderful entertaining film. The movie will make you think about how you treat nature, as this couple found out the hard way by being attacked by birds, dogs, snakes, and even an opossum!
The new HD 1080p transfer looks great on this new blu-ray release. Sometimes you would forget this film was shot in the 1970's if it weren't for the clothing and hair!
LONG WEEKEND will be released April 14th on Blu-ray and will contain the following special features:
* High-Definition 1080p Transfer Supervised by Synapse Films
* Re-mastered DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround Soundtrack
* Audio Commentary from Producer Richard Brennan and Cinematographer Vincent Monton
* Motion Still Gallery Featuring an Audio Interview with Actor John Hargreaves
* Original Theatrical Trailer
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to pre-order the blu-ray