Wake In Fright (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format Blu-ray & DVD) (1971)

Release Date: 31 March 2014 | Certificate: Suitable for 18 years and over
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SYNOPSIS " 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 high-definition 1080p presentation of the film, from the 2009 restoration
  • Audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley
  • A selection of video pieces, including new interviews and rare behind-the-scenes footage
  • Original US Outback TV spot
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring writing on the film, its restoration, rare imagery, and more!
Release Date: 31 March 2014
Certificate: 18 - Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18, by placing an order for this product you are declaring that you are 18 years or over.
SKU: EKA70120