Written by: Michael Den Boer on April 29th, 2015
BluRay released: April 14th, 2015
Approximate running time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD MA 5.1 Surround English, DTS-HD MA Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Synapse Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $24.95
Synopsis: A couple’s attempt to mend their fractured relationship is put to the test. When a series of unusual events quickly turns their peaceful getaway into a weekend in hell.
Who is better to spend a weekend getaway then the significant other that you are on the verge of leaving. And though the film starts off as a melodrama about two very unlikable characters who decide to give their relationship one more chance before calling it a day. Along the way this film transforms into something very different as the subject matter takes on a much darker sinister tone. There is a man verse nature vibe going on from here on out.
Needless to say after spending about 1/3 of the film listening to two characters constantly at odds with each other. Things improve dramatically when the aforementioned shift in tone occurs. From there the middle act does a great job setting the mood with a couple of well place red herrings. And by the time that the film arrives at its finale things have built to a fever pitch that can explode at any moment.
From a production stand point the visuals provide a tremendous amount of atmosphere. And another away the visuals excel is how they take full advantage of the remoteness of the natural surroundings where the couple are spending their weekend getaway.
And though there are a few but parts in the opening act of this film, the only performances that leave nay lasting impression are its two leads John Hargreaves (The Odd Angry Shot) in the role of Peter and Briony Behets (Nightmares) in the role of Marcia. With that being said, the weight of this film rests on their performances and both actors give utterly convincing performances.
Long Weekend comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Those who have seen this film via Synapse Films previous release will be blown away by this new transfer which is a marked improvement upon that aforementioned transfer in every way. Image clarity is much improved and black levels look stronger. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression and grain looks natural throughout.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround mix in English and a DTS-HD MA mono mix in English. Though both audio mixes sound great, the slight edge goes to the 5.1 surround mix which does an excellent job in regards to the more ambient areas of this film’s soundtrack. And being that this is a film driven by mood more then what is being said this aforementioned detail to the finer nuances of the soundtrack make for a great audio experience.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art option, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 5 seconds), a motion still gallery with an audio interview with actor John Hargreaves (4 minutes 43 seconds) and an audio commentary with producer Richard Brennan and cinematographer Vincent Monton.
The audio commentary track is an insightful track that covers how they became involved in the making of this film, cast and crew, locations, the look of the film and how key moments were filmed ad there thoughts on their final product. Where the interview with John Hargreaves is more a discussion about acting. Overall another exceptional HD upgrade from Synapse Films, highly recommended.