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Picnic Ad Hanging Rock (2 Dvd)


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  • Actors: Dominic Guard, Rachel Roberts, Jacki Weaver
  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Ripley'S Home Video
  • Run Time: 102.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0060SA9RK

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sebbene il giorno di san valentino sia in genere dedicato allo scambio di regali e ad affari di cuore, sono trascorsi esattamente tredici anni da quel fatale sabato in cui un gruppo di circa venti allieve e due insegnanti parti' dall'appleyard college sulla strada di bendigo per un picnic ad hanging rock. una delle insegnanti e tre ragazze scomparvero nel pomeriggio. solo una venne poi ritrovata... si penso' a quell'epoca che le persone scomparse avessero tentato di scalare le pericolose scarpate vicino alla cima, dove probabilmente erano perite; ma se per incidente, suicidio o assassinio volontario, non e' stato accertato, poiche' le salme non vennero mai rinvenute.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Before Peter Weir became a well-known Hollywood director he started out with a series of short Australian movies and smaller feature films. The most famous of these would have to be Picnic at Hanging Rock, an ethereal, dreamlike adaptation of Joan Lindsay's ultimately unfinished book. The final chapter, and resolution to the mystery, was cut from the novel and published years after Linday's death, so Weir, and screenwriter Cliff Green, basically adapted an incomplete book, creating, in essence, an incomplete movie.

On Valentine's Day 1900 the girls of an uppity private college are taken on a day out to titular rock, a foreboding, gloomy outcrop baking in mid-summer heat. Four of the girls separate from the group and go exploring, drawn to the summit in a seemingly hypnotic state. As the rest of the gang pass out at the base of the rock, one of their teachers (none other than Mrs. Mangel herself) follows. Three of the girls, and their teacher vanish into thin air, leaving the moaning fat chick to come screaming back down the rock.

The community reacts with anguish and determination to find the missing girls. A local rich boy and his servant go searching for them at any cost, also falling victim to the rock's inexplicable lure. Meanwhile the Headmistress of the college struggles to maintain her integrity under increasing media attention (yes, even in 1900).

For a movie set in almost perpetual bright sunlight PAHR is extremely dark. The ominous, deeply sinister sound design draws your eyes to the screen and hooks you. The rock has the ability to hold the characters, and the viewer, in a trance-like state and the mystery is amplified through silence and subterfuge.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By SL-N/1973 on 15 Aug. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I've always loved this film, and even had it on video many years ago. I bought the 3 disc dvd set of this the other year and was delighted with what was a huge step up in terms of quality of course, plus it also had the director's cut and also a disc of fascinating extras. The packaging for that release was very good as well so I was perfectly happy with what I had, and was in no rush to get this new Blu-ray version, especially so soon. After all, some Blu-ray transfers offer no great improvement and leave people rightly disappointed and feeling ripped-off. But I took the plunge anyway, after reading some glowing reviews in the press.

So when it arrived my initial thoughts for this new release were those of disappointment - the packaging was as simple as a Blu-ray can be, it had no booklet and just the one disc, and not even a cellophane wrapper for the dvd case - and that's not a great start. The reason for the solitary disc is that the original-length version of the film, which runs about six or seven minutes longer, is not included here so that's why there's only one. Normally that would annoy me but in this case I don't mind at all because the newer director's version does work as a better film, I think. It flows more, and keeps the theme more at the front.

But above all that, this is a must-have Blu-ray because of the work that's been done on the print. This hi-def version holds colours and warmth which, when compared directly to last year's dvd (by playing them both at the same time) are just magnificent and make the dvd's imagery look so dull and plain! It's only now I realise how much a Blu-ray can improve on a dvd, especially a dvd which I felt looked superb and didn't need improving - but how wrong I was!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William on 31 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Peter weir was criticised when he made a directors cut some years later for a movie which many consider a true Australian
Film classic. Mr weir removed less than 10 minutes of film, and this director's cut is what has been included in most DVD releases. The UK triple DVD remains the only one where the uncut version is also included.

I have the Australian Blu ray, released by Umbrella entertainment. This company released a double DVD back in 2004 with a large array of incredible special features. However, it only included the directors cut. Surprisingly the Blu ray does not include all of the special features. Umbrella chose to only carry over a portion of them. They once again failed to give us theatrical version too. I can only assume that the minimal content on this Blu ray was to save them form transferring them to full HD. Yet when you consider that a Blu ray disc contains 50gb of space, you have to wonder why they didn't carry all features from the DVD release. The UK Blu
Ray includes all the special features.

If you are wondering which blu ray to buy .... The choice is easy. The UK version for the simple fact that it has more bang for your buck.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2008
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Originally released in 1975, this classic film has finally been restored as a Directors Cut. This 3 Disc set is an absolute delight for movie buffs everywhere.

Both versions are available on this set, the original version can be found on Disc 2. It is the slightly longer of the two versions, looks as though it was shot in soft focus which may enhance the haunting qualities of the film, is shown as a cropped 1:66 image; and has a Dolby Digital 2 Channel soundtrack.

On Disc 1 is the Directors Cut, 8 minutes shorter, with a much sharper print; shown in 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen and has a 5:1 or a 2:0 Audio soundtrack depending on which sound system the viewer is using.

On Disc 3 is a movie buff's dream of a treasure chest of extras. These extras(there are eight extras altogether which will keep fans and movie buffs busy for hours) are worth the price of this box set alone, for they are extremely revealing with loads of information about "The Making Of". . . . interviews with some of the cast, the director Peter Weir and the producer, and as an extra bonus, interviews with the beautiful Anne-Louise Lambert who portrays Miranda, one of the girls who goes missing. Indeed, it is her face which adorns the box set and I can say in all honesty, that Peter Weir's decision to give her the part of Miranda when it was originally set for another actress, was a master stroke.

The music score which enhances the mystical atmosphere of the film is provided by composer Bruce Smeaton, and the Flute De Pan played by Gheorghe Zamfir. This is one of the most haunting movie scores ever created.

For many years, many people who saw the film believed it to be based on a true story.
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