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Old 09-30-2012, 06:52 PM   #1
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Hailed by Martin Scorsese, Roger Ebert, and Nick Cave, Wake in Fright is a "lost" Australian film from 1971. It played Cannes that year and was sold for distribution across Australia and the United States. Poor attendance, a lack of advertising, and critical of its homeland, Wake in Fright was yanked from theaters after one week, and thought to be lost forever.

Thirty years later, the film's cinematographer, Brian West, found the original negatives a week before they were scheduled to be incinerated. He began the painstaking process of restoration, and Wake in Fright is finally getting the recognition it deserves. It returned to Cannes, making it only the second film to ever screen twice; it is getting a screening at Fantastic Fest this year; a limited theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles, with additional cities to follow; and undoubtedly Drafthouse Films, who has the distribution rights, will release a wonderful blu-ray/DVD.

Wake in Fright has been described as having the "backwoods horror of Deliverance" and the "gritty nihilism of Straw Dogs." A British schoolteacher stops in a small outback town on his way to Sydney, but his single night stretches into five, and a "descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts."




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Old 09-30-2012, 11:45 PM   #2
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Awesome. I've been wanting to get the Australian import for a while but shipping was always a killer. Hopefully Image can get the Australian extras.
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Old 10-01-2012, 05:13 AM   #3
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Great news. Blind buy for me!
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:25 PM   #4
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STFU! WOOHOO! Can't wait to have this in my hands.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:31 PM   #5
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Definitely going to pick this up!
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:45 PM   #6
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Wonderful news, but Image Entertainment? Not exactly purveyors of fine quality these days.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:47 PM   #7
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Great news. Blind buy for me!
Same here, looks good!
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:36 PM   #8
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Up for pre-order on Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Wake-in-Fright...636231&sr=1-65
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:09 AM   #9
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Really don't care about DNR on this one. I love this movie so much. Will be a pleasure to own it.
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:42 PM   #10
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Well, Walmart shipped it so they apparently have it (or had it) in stock.
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:54 PM   #11
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I rented this from my local library(they actually had the Blu-ray). It was interesting to see a piece of Australian film history(even thought it was directed by an American) that was almost lost forever. When it was over I thought to myself "well that was a little crazy, but I liked it" and man I haven't been able to get it out of my mind. I'm gonna have to try and pick it up.
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I think Drafthouse is just switching their distributors from Image to someone else - thus titles may dry up for a few weeks before they show up again. I noticed MIAMI CONNECTION was going through the same thing. But you can still buy them direct from Drafthouse's site:

http://drafthousefilms.com/film/wake-in-fright
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Well, I just received the new Masters of Cinema release of WAKE IN FRIGHT. As I had never seen the film before, I was absolutely enthralled by this one. It had some similarities to WALKABOUT, made the same year. The sense of utter depravity and 'realism' is most palpable. This film is now among my top 10 of all time. Too bad I can't say the same for the Bluray presentation.

Soberly put, this looks like a film made in 2012 on DV to emulate the look of 1970 outback Australia! It does not look the least bit like film. That is not intended as a compliment.

I specifically waited for the UK release in the hopes that it would offer better technical specs to the US and Aussie releases. This it does, as it offers almost double the average bitrate as the US release. A constant 35 mbps encode. The encode is faultless, it is the source that's the problem.

The image has been put through the ringer... all sense of its 35mm orgins has been washed / scrubbed away. As I have nothing to judge this by, not having seen the film (or any previous video or DVD incarnation), I simply can't believe this came from the ON or even a film source at all. My hopes for digital preservation of films in general just fell by about two notches. If this is what we are graced with by such an overtly respectable entity as the National Film and Sound Archives of Australia, I don't know what went so wrong. I applaud their efforts at getting the film rescued from obscurity, however.

All the same, paradoxically, the quality of the film and its story made the above seem like almost mere quibblings and triflings. But, how much better this one could have been if some of that film grain had been preserved!
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Well, I just received the new Masters of Cinema release of WAKE IN FRIGHT. As I had never seen the film before, I was absolutely enthralled by this one. It had some similarities to WALKABOUT, made the same year. The sense of utter depravity and 'realism' is most palpable. This film is now among my top 10 of all time. Too bad I can't say the same for the Bluray presentation.

Soberly put, this looks like a film made in 2012 on DV to emulate the look of 1970 outback Australia! It does not look the least bit like film. That is not intended as a compliment.

I specifically waited for the UK release in the hopes that it would offer better technical specs to the US and Aussie releases. This it does, as it offers almost double the average bitrate as the US release. A constant 35 mbps encode. The encode is faultless, it is the source that's the problem.

The image has been put through the ringer... all sense of its 35mm orgins has been washed / scrubbed away. As I have nothing to judge this by, not having seen the film (or any previous video or DVD incarnation), I simply can't believe this came from the ON or even a film source at all. My hopes for digital preservation of films in general just fell by about two notches. If this is what we are graced with by such an overtly respectable entity as the National Film and Sound Archives of Australia, I don't know what went so wrong. I applaud their efforts at getting the film rescued from obscurity, however.

All the same, paradoxically, the quality of the film and its story made the above seem like almost mere quibblings and triflings. But, how much better this one could have been if some of that film grain had been preserved!
You have no idea how lucky you are to have this movie to enjoy in anything that even resembles HD quality. I posted a video in the Eureka thread where director Ted Kotcheff explains how this was virtually a "lost movie", until a print in mediocre but acceptable shape was found in some attic in Pittsburgh in some boxes, that were about to be destroyed as well.
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