Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 20th, 2014
Theatrical Release Dates: Australia, 1970 – 1986
DVD released: March 11th, 2014
Approximate running time: 165 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Intervision Picture Corp.
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.95
Trailer collections are always a lot fun and though there have been collections for just about every genre imaginable. This collection of trailers finally puts the spotlight on one single country Australia.
Here is a list of trailers included in this collection, The Naked Bunyup, Stork, The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, Libido, Alvin Purple, Barry McKenzie Holds His Own, Alvin Purple Again, Petersen, The Love Epidemic, The True Story of Eskimo Nell, Plugg, The Box, The Great Macarthy, Eliza Fraser, Don’s Party, OZ, Fantasm, Fantasm Comes Again, The ABC’s of Sex, Felicity, Dimboola, Centrespread, Pacific Banana, Outback, Fright, Inn of the Damned, End Play, Summerfield, The Last Wave, Patrick, Long Weekend, The Night The Prowler, Snapshot, Thirst, Harlequin, Nightmares, The Survivor, Dead Kids, Road Games, The Killing of Angel Street, Heatwave, a Dangerous Summer, Next of Kin, Cassandra, The Car That Ate Paris, Stone, The Man from Hong Kong, Mad Dog Morgan, Raw Deal, Journey Among Women, The FJ Holden, Money Movers, Stunt Rock, The Chain Reaction, Race for the Yankee Zephyr, Attack for Z, Turkey Shoot, Freedom, Midnight Spares, BMX Bandits, The Return of Captain Invincible, Sky Pirates, Fair Game, Dead End Drive-in and The Time Guardian.
The content for this release is broken down into three categories, sexploitation and ‘ocker’ comedies, horror and thriller and cars and action.
Going into this release if someone was to ask what some of my favorite Australian films were. Outside of the Mad Max series, Long Weekend and Picnic at Hanging Rock my list would have been pretty short. That is until I worked my way through this collection and it dawned on me that I have seen a lot more of Australian cinema then I had previously realized.
As for this collection, I found the comedies to be my least favorite of the three areas of content and my favorite area of content was horror and thriller. Favorite trailers in this collection include Next of Kin (someone please release this movie ASAP), End Play, Nightmares, The Man from Hong Kong and Mad Dog Morgan.
Though all of the content is presented in an anamorphic widescreen, the trailers in this collection are presented in various aspect ratios. Quality wise outside of print damage or a few instances of muted colors, the trailers are all more then watchable and most of them look very good.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. Background noise is minimal, dialog comes through clearly enough to follow and everything sounds balanced.
This release comes with a basic menu that has three options, sexploitation and ‘ocker’ comedies, horror and thriller and cars and action. Overall this well rounded and highly entertaining collection of trailers from down under.