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Wake In Fright - Dual Format Edition (Masters of Cinema)
  • Description

    Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have a taste of dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here." Balanced on a knife-edge between social realism and existential horror, this disturbing, subversive portrayal of Australia's cultural underbelly failed to find a wide audience on its original release, but has since become established as a seminal cornerstone of the Australian cinema.

    A middle-class schoolteacher, stuck in a government-enforced teaching post in an arid backwater, stops off in the mining town of Bundanyabba on his way home for the Christmas holidays. Discovering a local gambling craze that may grant him the financial independence to move back to Sydney for good, the opportunity proves irresistible. But the bad decisions are just beginning and a reliance on local standards of hospitality in "the Yabba" may take him on a path darker than ever expected.

    One of the many triumphs in director Ted Kotcheff's career, Wake in Fright effortlessly sustains the quality of a sun-baked nightmare, with a relentless forward drive and outstanding performances by Donald Pleasance, Gary Bond, Sylvia Kay, and Chips Rafferty in his final role. A brutal, gripping dissection of the limits of masculinity and amorality to stand alongside Straw Dogs, A Clockwork Orange, and Deliverance, it remains a stunning entry in the envelope-pushing cinema of the early 1970s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this film in a new Dual Format edition for its UK home viewing premiere.

    Special Features:

    • New 1080p high-definition restoration of the film on the Blu-ray and a progressive encode on the DVD
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
    • Feature length audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley
    • Video interview from 2009 with Ted Kotcheff
    • ABC's 7:30 Report - video piece on the the rediscovery and restoration of the film
    • Who Needs Art? - vintage piece on Wake in Fright
    • Chips Rafferty obituary clip
    • Outback TV spot
    • UK theatrical trailer
    • 48-page booklet featuring essays by Adrian Martin, Peter Galvin, Meg Labrum, Graham Shirley, Ted Kotcheff and Anthony Buckley, and archival imagery
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    18
    Director:
    Ted Kotcheff
    Region:
    B
    Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
    Number of Discs:
    2
    Main Language:
    English
    Subtitle Languages:

    English for the Hard of Hearing

    Run Time:
    109 mins approx.
    studio:
    Masters of Cinema
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1971

Wake In Fright - Dual Format Edition (Masters of Cinema)

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  • Description

    Have a drink, mate? Have a fight, mate? Have a taste of dust and sweat, mate? There's nothing else out here." Balanced on a knife-edge between social realism and existential horror, this disturbing, subversive portrayal of Australia's cultural underbelly failed to find a wide audience on its original release, but has since become established as a seminal cornerstone of the Australian cinema.

    A middle-class schoolteacher, stuck in a government-enforced teaching post in an arid backwater, stops off in the mining town of Bundanyabba on his way home for the Christmas holidays. Discovering a local gambling craze that may grant him the financial independence to move back to Sydney for good, the opportunity proves irresistible. But the bad decisions are just beginning and a reliance on local standards of hospitality in "the Yabba" may take him on a path darker than ever expected.

    One of the many triumphs in director Ted Kotcheff's career, Wake in Fright effortlessly sustains the quality of a sun-baked nightmare, with a relentless forward drive and outstanding performances by Donald Pleasance, Gary Bond, Sylvia Kay, and Chips Rafferty in his final role. A brutal, gripping dissection of the limits of masculinity and amorality to stand alongside Straw Dogs, A Clockwork Orange, and Deliverance, it remains a stunning entry in the envelope-pushing cinema of the early 1970s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this film in a new Dual Format edition for its UK home viewing premiere.

    Special Features:

    • New 1080p high-definition restoration of the film on the Blu-ray and a progressive encode on the DVD
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
    • Feature length audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley
    • Video interview from 2009 with Ted Kotcheff
    • ABC's 7:30 Report - video piece on the the rediscovery and restoration of the film
    • Who Needs Art? - vintage piece on Wake in Fright
    • Chips Rafferty obituary clip
    • Outback TV spot
    • UK theatrical trailer
    • 48-page booklet featuring essays by Adrian Martin, Peter Galvin, Meg Labrum, Graham Shirley, Ted Kotcheff and Anthony Buckley, and archival imagery
  • Product Details
    Certificate:
    18
    Director:
    Ted Kotcheff
    Region:
    B
    Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
    Number of Discs:
    2
    Main Language:
    English
    Subtitle Languages:

    English for the Hard of Hearing

    Run Time:
    109 mins approx.
    studio:
    Masters of Cinema
    Theatrical Release Year:
    1971

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Brutal,shocking and beautiful, but most of all a truly great movie.If you haven't seen it yet it a must,but only for people with good stomach.

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