Criterion Press Release: Picnic at Hanging Rock (Dual Format)

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    PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY/DVD EDITION)
    This sensual and striking chronicle of a disappearance and its aftermath put director Peter Weir (The Truman Show) on the map and helped usher in a new era of Australian cinema. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, Picnic at Hanging Rock concerns a small group of students from an all-female college and a chaperone, who vanish while on a St. Valentine’s Day outing. Less a mystery than a journey into the mystic, as well as an inquiry into issues of class and sexual repression in Australian society, Weir’s gorgeous, disquieting film is a work of poetic horror whose secrets haunt viewers to this day.
     
    1975 • 107 minutes • Color • Monaural • 1.77:1 aspect ratio
     
    DIRECTOR-APPROVED DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
    • Remastered high-definition digital film transfer, supervised and approved by director Peter Weir, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the
    Blu-ray • Extended interview with Weir• New piece on the making of the film, featuring interviews from 2003 with executive producer Patricia Lovell, producers Hal McElroy and Jim McElroy, and cast members• New introduction by film scholar David Thomson, author of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film A Recollection . . . Hanging Rock 1900 (1975), an on-set documentary hosted by Lovell and featuring interviews with Weir, actor Rachel Roberts, and source novel author Joan Lindsay• Homesdale (1971), an award-winning black comedy by Weir• Trailer• One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Megan Abbott and an excerpt from film critic Marek Haltof’s 1996 book Peter Weir: When Cultures Collide; a new paperback edition of Lindsay’s original novel, previously out of print in the U.S.
     
    TITLE: PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK (DUAL-FORMAT BLU-RAY AND DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2360BDDVD
    UPC: 7-15515-11711-1
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-842-2
    SRP: $39.95
    PREBOOK: 5/20/14
    STREET: 6/17/14
     
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    And it only took them EIGHT YEARS to get it out... :P
     
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    Because stupid Americans don't appreciate great cinema........
     
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    Now Available for Preorder
     
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    I MUST get this movie.
    So haunting and amazing.
    preordered
     
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    Which version is included? UK BD has dir cut, I believe.
     
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    It has to be the directors cut because it's 107 minutes long, the original Australian theatrical is 115 minutes, i personally would love to see a dual release featuring the directors cut and original theatrical cut, i wonder if adding a DVD into the release adds anything to the price, i don't need a DVD. Now i'm going to the aspect ratio thread to ask what it should be for this release.
     
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    I have the UK DVD set that includes both cuts, and I believe the theatrical cut was from a video source. It's been a long time since I've watched either one, so I don't now recall the various points, but my impression was that a lot of people really preferred the theatrical. (I saw it when it came out but probably wouldn't have remembered enough to recognize the differences.)
     
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    well it doesn't say 4k (?) why not ? is this that old (excellent) transfer Pal DVD has 113Min documentary and scenes deleted which I guess will
    be on this new disc somewhere, and as someone said original longer version ,Directors cut is shorter ,there was a still gallery which I am sure won't
    be included in this set
    I guess it will come in one of those cardboard cases

    Still upset that Remains the Day got more votes
     
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    Howards End, actually. And it's a good thing, too, as its now OOP after the whole Merchant Ivory/Criterion dispute. Probably wouldn't be on Blu-ray at all without winning that poll.
     
  11. Peter Neski

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    I always mix those two up still both don't add up to Picnic ,but it is strange about rights and release dates I am still waiting for The Comformist
     
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    The Conformist is supposed to be coming from Raro sometime this year.
     
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    Yeah Conformist was debunked sometime last year.
     

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