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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Wake in Fright

20 December 2012 10:55 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013

Price: DVD $27.97, Blu-ray $29.97

Studio: Drafthouse/Rlj

A schoolteacher gets waylaid in the Australian outback and takes a journey into the heart of darkness in the 1971 thriller Wake in Fright, a “lost” cult film that was “recovered” and  restored before making a return to the theatrical repertory circuit in the fall of 2012.

Wake in Fright tells the story of a British schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralization at the hands of the deranged, hard-drinking residents of a remote Australian town. John Grant (Gary Bond, Anne of the Thousand Days) teaches at a tiny school in the outback. On his way to Sydney to catch a vacation flight, he stops in a rural mining town, where he is reluctantly drawn into the macho antics of the local men. After losing his money in the gambling game two-up, he is taken on a drunken and brutal kangaroo hunt »

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Wake in Fright: Blu-ray/DVD Release Details and Cover Art

20 December 2012 8:30 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Drafthouse Films announced that they will be bringing 1971′s Wake in Fright to Blu-ray and DVD in January. Continue reading for the official release details and cover art:

A schoolteacher gets waylaid in the Australian outback and takes a journey into the heart of darkness in Wake In Fright, a revered and groundbreaking thriller that for 40 years lived only in the memory of its initial viewers. But following its miraculous recovery and restoration, the “lost” film made a triumphant return to screens nationwide this fall. Now it will make its home entertainment debut when Drafthouse Films releases it on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on January 15, 2013.

Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake In Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films of modern Australian cinema. Author Neil Rattigan, in his book about the New Australian Cinema, Images of Australia, called it “a cinematic trip into hell. … No other Australian »

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Wake in Fright Blu-ray and DVD Debut January 15th

19 December 2012 10:48 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A schoolteacher gets waylaid in the Australian outback and takes a journey into the heart of darkness in Wake in Fright, a revered and groundbreaking thriller that for 40 years lived only in the memory of its initial viewers. But following its miraculous recovery and restoration, the "lost" film made a triumphant return to screens nationwide this fall. Now it will make its home entertainment debut when Drafthouse Films releases it on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on January 15, 2013.

Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake in Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films of modern Australian cinema. Author Neil Rattigan, in his book about the New Australian Cinema, Images of Australia, called it "a cinematic trip into hell. ... No other Australian film offers such a savage indictment of a great number of cherished cultural perceptions."

Directed by Ted Kotcheff (First Blood, North Dallas Forty, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz »

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Wake in Fright at Home

19 December 2012 11:52 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Ted Kotcheff's once lost award-winning film Wake in Fright is getting set to make its long awaited arrival onto DVD and Blu-ray, and believe me, horror fans; this is one trip to the Outback you're really gonna want to take!

From the Press Release

A schoolteacher gets waylaid in the Australian Outback and takes a journey into the heart of darkness in Wake In Fright, a revered and groundbreaking thriller that for 40 years lived only in the memory of its initial viewers. But following its miraculous recovery and restoration, the "lost" film made a triumphant return to screens nationwide this fall. Now it will make its home entertainment debut when Drafthouse Films releases it on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on January 15, 2013.

Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake In Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films of modern Australian cinema. Author Neil Rattigan, in his book about the New Australian Cinema, »

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“Wake In Fright” Blu-ray/DVDetails and art

19 December 2012 11:46 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Drafthouse Films will release Wake In Fright (a.k.a. Outback) on DVD and Blu-ray January 15. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, the movie stars John Grant as a British schoolteacher on vacation in Australia who stops in a remote mining town, and undergoes a frightening psychological breakdown at the hands of its residents. Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson and Chips Rafferty co-star; the movie was barely released Stateside after its premiere at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, and was thought lost until negative elements were discovered a few years ago and the restoration was undertaken. The anamorphic widescreen transfers on the discs, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound on the DVD and DTS-hd Master Audio on the Blu-ray, include:

• Audio commentary by Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley

• The making-of featurette "To the Yabba and Back"

• Q&A with Kotcheff from the 2009 Toronto Film Festival

• Restoration featurette

• “Who Needs Art?” vintage featurette

• Theatrical trailers

• 28-page booklet »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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“Wake In Fright” Blu-ray/DVDetails and art

19 December 2012 11:46 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Drafthouse Films will release Wake In Fright (a.k.a. Outback) on DVD and Blu-ray January 15. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, the movie stars John Grant as a British schoolteacher on vacation in Australia who stops in a remote mining town, and undergoes a frightening psychological breakdown at the hands of its residents. Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson and Chips Rafferty co-star; the movie was barely released Stateside after its premiere at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, and was thought lost until negative elements were discovered a few years ago and the restoration was undertaken. The anamorphic widescreen transfers on the discs, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound on the DVD and DTS-hd Master Audio on the Blu-ray, include:

• Audio commentary by Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley

• The making-of featurette "To the Yabba and Back"

• Q&A with Kotcheff from the 2009 Toronto Film Festival

• Restoration featurette

• “Who Needs Art?” vintage featurette

• Theatrical trailers

• 28-page booklet »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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“Wake In Fright” Blu-ray/DVDetails and art

19 December 2012 11:46 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Drafthouse Films will release Wake In Fright (a.k.a. Outback) on DVD and Blu-ray January 15. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, the movie stars John Grant as a British schoolteacher on vacation in Australia who stops in a remote mining town, and undergoes a frightening psychological breakdown at the hands of its residents. Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson and Chips Rafferty co-star; the movie was barely released Stateside after its premiere at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, and was thought lost until negative elements were discovered a few years ago and the restoration was undertaken. The anamorphic widescreen transfers on the discs, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound on the DVD and DTS-hd Master Audio on the Blu-ray, include:

• Audio commentary by Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley

• The making-of featurette "To the Yabba and Back"

• Q&A with Kotcheff from the 2009 Toronto Film Festival

• Restoration featurette

• “Who Needs Art?” vintage featurette

• Theatrical trailers

• 28-page booklet »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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“Wake In Fright” Blu-ray/DVDetails and art

19 December 2012 11:46 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Drafthouse Films will release Wake In Fright (a.k.a. Outback) on DVD and Blu-ray January 15. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, the movie stars John Grant as a British schoolteacher on vacation in Australia who stops in a remote mining town, and undergoes a frightening psychological breakdown at the hands of its residents. Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson and Chips Rafferty co-star; the movie was barely released Stateside after its premiere at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival, and was thought lost until negative elements were discovered a few years ago and the restoration was undertaken. The anamorphic widescreen transfers on the discs, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound on the DVD and DTS-hd Master Audio on the Blu-ray, include:

• Audio commentary by Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley

• The making-of featurette "To the Yabba and Back"

• Q&A with Kotcheff from the 2009 Toronto Film Festival

• Restoration featurette

• “Who Needs Art?” vintage featurette

• Theatrical trailers

• 28-page booklet »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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3 New Clips from Ted Kotcheff's Wake In Fright classic

3 October 2012 2:45 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch 3 new clips from the Wake in Fright thriller brought to the screen again by Drafthouse FIlms. The Australian landmark thriller helmed by Ted Kotcheff (known for his work on the classic Sylvester Stallone starrer Rambo: First Blood), opens in theaters on November 5th (New York), Los Angeles on October 19th and nationally from October to November. The film made its debut at Cannes in 1971 and is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay and Jack Thompson star in the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Virtually unseen in the United States and renowned in its home country after years of neglect, Wake in Fright is ripe for rediscovery and returns to cinemas, »

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3 New Clips from Ted Kotcheff's Wake In Fright classic

3 October 2012 2:45 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch 3 new clips from the Wake in Fright thriller brought to the screen again by Drafthouse FIlms. The Australian landmark thriller helmed by Ted Kotcheff (known for his work on the classic Sylvester Stallone starrer Rambo: First Blood), opens in theaters on November 5th (New York), Los Angeles on October 19th and nationally from October to November. The film made its debut at Cannes in 1971 and is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay and Jack Thompson star in the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher’s descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. Virtually unseen in the United States and renowned in its home country after years of neglect, Wake in Fright is ripe for rediscovery and returns to cinemas, »

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Three Wake in Fright Clips

2 October 2012 4:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the trailer from last month, Drafthouse Films has released three clips from the newly-restored version of Wake in Fright, director Ted Kotcheff's 1971 Australian film that was thought to be lost forever. The studio recently unearthed the original negatives and have restored this thriller to its original glory, debuting in New York October 5 and in Los Angeles October 19. Take a look at these scenes from the long-lost classic, starring Gary Bond and Donald Pleasence.

Wake In Flight - Could Be Worse

Wake In Flight - Drink It Down

Wake In Flight - On the Train

Wake in Fright comes to theaters October 5th, 2012 and stars Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay, Jack Thompson, Peter Whittle, Al Thomas, John Meillon. The film is directed by Ted Kotcheff. »

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Wake In Fright | Review

2 October 2012 11:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Down & Outback: Lost Australian Classic a Moody Nightmare

Long considered a lost classic, spurring a decade long search for the film’s negative (which ended finally in 2004 when it was found in a box marked for destruction in Pittsburgh), Ted Kotcheff’s Wake In Fright is getting a much deserved re-release after enjoying a recent spat of revitalized festival circuit glory. While the film’s been listed among a selection of titles referred to as Ozploitation, thanks to the 2008 documentary Not Quite Hollywood, Kotcheff’s film is more Ozploration than it is an exploitative mechanism. That’s not to say it isn’t without some sensational, notorious sequences, but clearly this is cinema that is more on par with contemporary auteurs that explored the Outback to more celebratory effect like Weir, Schepisi, and fellow Brit, Nicolas Roeg.

A bonded school teacher, John Grant (Gary Bond), stationed in Tiboondi, the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Wake In Fright (1971) Movie Trailer, Poster: Ted Kotcheff, Gary Bond

18 September 2012 1:54 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Wake of Fright Trailer, Poster. Ted Kotcheff‘s Wake of Fright (1971) remastered re-release movie trailer, movie poster stars Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Jack Thompson, and John Meillon. Wake of Fright‘s plot synopsis: “Alongside Max Max and Walkabout, Wake In Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films [...]

Continue reading: Wake In Fright (1971) Movie Trailer, Poster: Ted Kotcheff, Gary Bond »

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Wake in Fright Trailer

17 September 2012 5:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Drafthouse Films has released the first trailer for the newly-restored version of Wake in Fright, director Ted Kotcheff's 1971 classic that was thought to be lost forever. Gary Bond stars as a British teacher who is tormented by the locals in a small Australian outback town, with a memorable turn by Donald Pleasence as an alcoholic doctor. The film has never been released on VHS or DVD in the United States, but it will make its glorious return to theaters, opening in New York City October 5 and in Los Angeles October 19, with a national roll-out to follow. Take a look at this harrowing drama.

Wake In Fright - Trailer

Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake in Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema. Combining the backwoods horror of Deliverance and the gritty nihilism of Straw Dogs, the film tells the »

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Wake in Fright Gets Restoration Re-Release from Drafthouse Films

19 July 2012 2:02 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema announced today their acquisition of North American rights to classic Australian thriller Wake in Fright. Alongside Mad Max and Walkabout, Wake in Fright is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal films in the development of modern Australian cinema.

Directed by Ted Kotcheff (First Blood), the film tells the story of a British schoolteacher's descent into personal demoralization at the hands of drunken, deranged derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia.

Virtually unseen in the United States and renowned in its home country after years of neglect, Wake in Fright is ripe for rediscovery and returns to cinemas beginning with engagements at Film Forum in New York City on October 5th, The NuArt in Los Angeles on October 19th and expanding to additional markets before a home video and VOD release in Q1 of 2013.

Wake in Fright »

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Review: Tarzan Season One

5 April 2012 10:22 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

September 8, 1966 was a pretty big night of television for fans of the fantastic. NBC ran a sneak peek of several new shows a week prior to the formal premiere of the prime time season. At 7:30, Ron Ely first swung on a vine across trees as Tarzan while an hour later, Captain James T. Kirk confronted the Salt Vampire on the first airing of Star Trek. While the latter has gone on to great international fame, the former series has always been somewhat eclipsed.

Warner Archive, bless their souls, has rectified that by releasing the complete first season of the two season series. You can find the first fifteen episodes on four discs comprising Tarzan Season One, Volume One while the remaining sixteen episodes are available in the second volume. Warner has done a nice job cleaning the prints and the show looks pretty darn good.

It was also a »

- Robert Greenberger

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Tarzan, Ann Sothern, Ingrid Bergman: Warner Achive

13 March 2012 6:50 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

John Carter, based on the John Carter of Mars series written by Edgar Rice Burroughs, was released last weekend with underwhelming box-office results in North America. Expect a more enthusiastic reception for the Warner Archive's release of the late '60s television series Tarzan (season one, in two parts) in celebration of the Lord of the Apes' 100th anniversary. Ron Ely stars, while guests include former Tarzan Jock Mahoney, Academy Award nominee Julie Harris (The Member of the Wedding), Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols, Woody Strode, Russ Tamblyn, Maurice Evans, Jack Elam, and Chips Rafferty. Also coming out via the Warner Archive Collection are several lesser-known titles that should definitely be worth a look, especially considering the talent involved. Released in a newly remastered print, the 1941 drama Rage in Heaven was directed by W.S. Van Dyke (aka "One-Take Woody"), and stars Ingrid Bergman, Robert Montgomery, and George Sanders. Christopher Isherwood contributed to the screenplay. »

- Andre Soares

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