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Fantastic Fest Classic Dark Age Finally Coming to DVD!

11 November 2008 4:06 AM, PST | | See recent FantasticFest news »

Those who attended this year's Not Quite Hollywood Ozploitation retrospective were among the chosen few to experience two rare big screen showings of Arch Nicholson's 1987 killer croc epic Dark Age, which previously screened at the Alamo as part of Qt Fest VI back in '05. Prominently featured in director Mark Hartley's Not Quite Hollywood (opening at the Alamo next spring), Dark Age is one of the last great Aussie genre films of the 80's, a kick-ass combo of giant monster movie, ecological horror, and Ozploitation that everyone who's seen it has raved about.

One of those in the audience this year was Don May, Jr. of the great indie DVD label Synapse Films, one of our Fantastic Fest judges this year and friend to the Alamo. Having already released several classic Aussie films on Synapse such as Patrick, Long Weekend, and Fantasm, Don looked into the rights for Dark Age »

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Synapse enters the Dark Age with killer-croc film

6 November 2008 8:58 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Don May Jr. of Synapse Films gave Fango the scoop about an upcoming DVD release that will warm the hearts of nature-amok fans everywhere. “In our tradition of putting out more and more Australian stuff,” he tells us, “we’re doing Dark Age, the king of the killer-croc movies!”

The 1987 Down Under production, directed by Arch Nicholson, is about a park ranger who sets out to stop the rampage of a huge, people-eating crocodile and comes into conflict with the local aborigines, who worship the reptile. John Jarratt, who dealt with a similar toothy predator in the recent Rogue, stars, along with Nikki Coghill, Max (The Road Warrior) Phipps and David (The Last Wave) Gulpilil. Highly regarded by many devotees of Aussie genre cinema (and prominently featured in Not Quite Hollywood, Mark Hartley and Magnolia Pictures’ upcoming documentary on the subject), Dark Age never received U.S. big-screen play, and »

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