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Picnic At Hanging Rock - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray] [1975]


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  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2010
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M91TME
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,506 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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On Saturday 14th February 1900 a party of schoolgirls from the Appleyard College took a trip to Hanging Rock near Mt. Macedon in the state of Victoria. Some of the girls were never seen again. The film that established Peter Weir as a major filmmaker is a critically acclaimed classic of Australian cinema. With BAFTA-winning photography and a memorably haunting score, Picnic At Hanging Rock remains one of the most chillingly atmospheric and beautifully enigmatic films ever made. New HD Transfer supervised by Peter Weir for this blu-ray release. Bonus features: A Dream Within A Dream (120 min making of), A Recollection - Hanging Rock 1900, Joan Lindsay interview, Hanging Rock and Martindale Hall - then and now, The Day of St Valentine (1st Screen Adaptation), Audio interviews, Stills and Poster Gallery, Deleted Scenes for Director's Cut, Subtitles for Hard of Hearing.

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34 of 37 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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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn VINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TGillespie on 13 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Picnic at hanging Rock opens on the serenity and excitement of Appleyard College, an all-girls school on St Valentine's day in 1900. As the girls run around, celebrating the day, it is announced that there is to be a trip to hanging rock, a local geological site where millions of years previous, a volcanic eruption formed a very distinctive cluster of rocks, containing many hidden cracks, and passageways to explore. The film is based on the true story of four girls who break away from the titles picnic group to take a closer look at hanging rock. They venture into the labyrinthine rock formations. Only one of the four return, dazed and confused, having no memory of what happened. One of their teachers had earlier gone looking for the foursome and still not returned.

What happens after this is the obvious search and rescue routine. The spread of the story also has an effect on the school, which begins to fail financially, and the head mistress turns to drink. In these searches only one girl is ever found. She also has no memory of what happened. I'm trying not to go into too many details of the narrative itself, as I feel that it is pretty self explanatory from a small synopsis. What is incredible, and distinctive about the film is its visual beauty. This is not to say that the story is not good. It is a story of loss and the effects this has on the people involved and surrounding the incident. Much like the effects that the death of Laura Palmer had on the population of Twin Peaks.

This was Peter Weirs second feature film after the excellent pseudo-exploitation movie The Cars That Ate Paris. It is a piece of cinema that displays great direction, and an ability to work with actors. This is completely founded by Weirs subsequent work.
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