Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 10th, 2017
BluRay released: July 12th, 2016
Approximate running time: 95 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: M (Australia)
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Umbrella Entertainment
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.99
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 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The image looks crisp, colors and flesh tones look accurate and black levels remain solid throughout. Grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix in English and a DTS-HD mono mix in English. Both audio mixes are in excellent shape, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced. The more ambient aspects of these mixes are well represented and range wise both sound robust when they need too. Included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, still gallery with an audio interview with actor John Hargreaves (4 minutes 43 seconds) a trailer for the film (2 minutes 5 seconds), a featurette with films historians Lee Gambin, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Emma Westwood and Sally Christie titled Nature Found Them Guilty: Examining “Long Weekend” (24 minutes 23 seconds), uncut Not Quite Hollywood interviews with actress Briony Behets, screenwriter Everett De Roche and cinematographer Vincent Monton (18 minutes 31 seconds) and an audio commentary with producer Richard Brennan and Vincent Monton.
The extra is Nature Found Them Guilty: Examining “Long Weekend” is an insightful round table discussion about the film.
Topics discussed in the uncut Not Quite Hollywood interviews include:
Briony Behets: Why she decided to make this film, John Hargreaves, Colin Eggleston and how he was a very talented filmmaker who was never appreciated in Australia, audience / critical reaction to the film and her thoughts about the film.
Everett De Roche: What inspired him to write the screenplay, the characters and why they are unlikable and Colin Eggleston.
Vincent Monton: Why he choose to work on the film, shooting on location and with anamorphic lenses, how they overcame working with limited resources, negative reaction to the film when it was initially released in Australia and Colin Egglestonnd.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, why the choose to shoot the film with in widescreen, the film’s score, the cast, the locations and how they enhanced the story, the visuals, onset memories, genre filmmaking in Australia and other production related topics.
Overall Umbrella Entertainment gives Long Weekend its most definitive release to date, highly recommended.