Long Weekend [Special Edition] [DVD] [1978]

Synapse Films has rescued a long forgotten Australian horror classic from oblivion with their impressive edition of Long Weekend. Their video transfer deserves the acclaim it has won from genre fans as one of the best DVD restorations of 2005: the carefully remastered, anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 image on this disc is gorgeous, offering up the island vistas of Vincent Monton's cinematography with precise detail and lush colors. Synapse also went the extra mile with the audio portion of the disc, remastering the original mono track and also including a 5.1 Dolby Digital stereo remix that makes excellent use of its sound effects. On the extras forefront, there is a commentary track featuring Monton and producer Richard Brennan that lays out plenty of details about the making of the film and an audio interview with actor John Hargreaves that plays over a montage of production stills. There is also an insert in the DVD case that sports some informative liner notes. In short, Synapse's edition of Long Weekend does a fine job of presenting this film to DVD audiences and does them the added favor of putting it in the proper context.
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Special Features

  • New 2005 anamorphic (2.35:1) high-definition transfer supervised by Synapse Films
  • Audio commentary with producer Richard Brennan and cinematographer Vincent Monton
  • Extensive still gallery featuring an audio interview with actor John Hargreaves
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Liner notes


Long Weekend
An Australian couple sets off on a weekend to the coast in this psychological thriller. Peter (John Hargreaves) and Marcia (Briony Behets) are at each other's throats from the moment they pull out of the driveway, as Peter sneaks his dog along for the weekend and Marcia is harboring anger about a recent tragedy the couple faced. As day turns into night and they have yet to reach their destination, Peter hits a kangaroo while falling asleep at the wheel. This sets in motion a chain of mysterious events, which starts with them leaving the beaten path and appearing to go in circles through the darkened thickets of trees -- even though they've driven straight ahead for hours. Upon eventually reaching their destination, the strange happenings continue, with animals behaving in unusual ways, and a persistent cry of anguish floating over the water, which sounds almost human. Peter and Marcia are determined to prove they can rough it, even as they start to wonder if they've gotten in over their head. They doggedly remain camped, despite mounting evidence that they don't understand the feral Australian woods as well as they think. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Hargreaves
    John Hargreaves - Peter
  • Briony Behets
    Briony Behets - Marcia
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    Michael Aitkens - Bartender

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