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Old 09-30-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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USA Wake in Fright (1971) - January 15,2013

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Wake in Fright Blu-ray

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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, 10:45 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, 04:13 AM   #3
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Great news. Blind buy for me!
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:25 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, 08:31 PM   #5
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Definitely going to pick this up!
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:45 PM   #6
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Wonderful news, but Image Entertainment? Not exactly purveyors of fine quality these days.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:03 PM   #7
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Good to see this film getting a BD release in the US. The film was sandblasted to death with DNR in the restoration. So remember in this case, Its not because of Image.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:47 PM   #8
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What happened with Drafthouse releasing this? Now it's Image? While it's still on the Drafthouse Films website, it's been pulled from the calendar to play this month in Austin.
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:38 PM   #9
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Drafthouse is distributed by Image...
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:40 PM   #10
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Drafthouse is distributed by Image...
Ok. Wonder why there's still no mention of the Drafthouse name, though...or why it's no longer on the schedule to be played at their theaters.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:48 PM   #11
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Ok. Wonder why there's still no mention of the Drafthouse name, though...or why it's no longer on the schedule to be played at their theaters.
Opening at Film Forum. Great movie, but beware of blind buying. As posters have already indicated in this thread and this one, the Aussie disc is way overly DNR'ed, unfortunately. I'm doubtful that the Americans will have access to the original materials, which the Aussies spent years scouring the globe for), as the Australian National Film & Sound Archive is likely and understandably guarding those quite fiercely.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #12
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This looks interesting....
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:47 PM   #13
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Great news. Blind buy for me!
Same here, looks good!
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:09 AM   #15
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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 11-07-2012, 08:18 PM   #16
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Anybody clear on the running time for this one? The Australian Blu-ray is apparently 109 minutes...but the film is listed as 114 minutes on metacritic.com, 116 minutes on Slant. I'm anxious to see it and want it as soon as possible so I would just as soon get the Aussie edition...unless of course the Image edition has 5 minutes extra footage. Thanks.

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Old 12-13-2012, 10:19 PM   #17
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Why am I just hearing about this movie now? This sounds so awesome.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:03 AM   #18
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Despite not being out for another 2 weeks, my copy arrived today.
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Despite not being out for another 2 weeks, my copy arrived today.
Who did you order from?
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Who did you order from?
Direct from Drafthouse, in the same order as Trailer War, which I think is why I got it now.
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