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The Last Great Wilderness [DVD] [2003]

Alastair Mackenzie , Jonny Phillips , David Mackenzie    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alastair Mackenzie, Jonny Phillips, Ewan Stewart, David Hayman, Victoria Smurfit
  • Directors: David Mackenzie
  • Writers: Alastair Mackenzie, David Mackenzie, Gillian Berrie, Jack Lothian, Michael Tait
  • Producers: Angus Pigott, Christopher Pigott
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C66AX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,111 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Two men meet up, while travelling north on separate missions. Charlie wants to catch up with the man who has stolen his wife, while Vicente is trying to escape a contract castration. After their car breaks down, they seek sanctuary in an isolated building, home to a strange sect, whose whole equilibrium is threatened by the arrival of the two men. The result is chaos.

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Actors: Alastair Mackenzie, Jonny Phillips, Ewan Stewart, David Hayman, Victoria Smurfit
Director: David Mackenzie
Manufacturer: Uca Catalogue

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars much better than the reviews suggest here... 20 Oct 2005
By Andy H
Format:DVD
... but may divide audiences
I came to this film with no prior expectations, my interest stemmed from the soundtrack by Scottish indie wayward experimentalists, The Pastels (plus contributions from John McEntire of Tortoise, ex-Vaseline Eugene Kelly, and a certain Mr Jarvis Cocker).
I already owned the soundtrack (which is exceptional imho) and wanted to see how it 'hung' onto the moive.
The film took me by surprise- it unfolds languidly and doesn't feel the need to explain the plot or characters- there are more questions than answers when the film ends, which means for those willing to take the leap you can really become 'involved' and the film can really get under your skin
I understand this may have been pitched in it's marketing as a 'horror' movie or a 'thriller', perhaps this is why people have responded so badly to it, because it's not conventionally either
I think the comparisons with The Wicker Man stand up, also to that other 70's Brit Horror masterpiece, Don't Look now- I'd also add it compares and contrasts interestingly with Shane Meadows excellent 'Dead Man's Shoes'
Avoid if you're looking for easy shocks or a fast-paced action thriller, do give it a chance if you want something with atmosphere and quiet effective mounting tension.
There's also a terrific crossdressing wake.
One of my favourite recent British movies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A jewel of a film from Scotland 17 May 2006
Format:DVD
This film is fantastic. It is very unpredictable, just like life. The characters are eccentric but as the story slowly unfolds, you gain understanding and sympathy for them. This is not a horror film at all. It has suspense, love, surprises, rock and roll, and a vein of tragedy running through it.

The film seems to emphasise a message that you cannot judge situations and people as they might first appear. It also has several other messages about the value of life which are hinted at, but not imposed on the audience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM... 5 July 2005
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a quirky, unusual film that is best categorized as gothic, as it is an interesting melange of mystery and horror, with a smattering of the occult thrown in for good measure. It is quite atmospheric, as it appears to have been filmed amongst the misty crags and moraines that constitute much of the Scottish highlands.
The story itself is not too complicated. Two unlikely young men, strangers to each other, hook up and take to the road together. One of them is a former gigolo, who is fleeing the wrath of the husband of one of his clients. The other is a formerly married man who lost his wife to her rock star lover and is now hell-bent on seeking revenge.
While enroute to their respective destinations, they run out of gas and are forced to seek assistance in the desolate countryside in which they find themselves stranded. They come upon a house whose inhabitants seem to be a beat off. The house appears to be a retreat of some sort for some pretty dysfunctional odd ducks. Coupled with the fact that their leader seems to engage in some unusual practices and the ghost of a young woman appears to be walking around at all hours of the day or night, it is a highly atmospheric and slightly creepy place in which to be.
The two men are initially determined to leave as soon as possible, but before they know it, the gigolo seems to have become spellbound by the ghost and his companion has become involved with one of the residents of the house. When they try to leave, fate seems to have interjected itself in a way that prevents them from leaving as planned. The film then careens to a startling conclusion that is quite shocking to the senses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last Great Wilderness 13 May 2011
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Darkly humorous treatment of a lot of Scottish stereotypes; unsettling and very strange at times. Intertextual relationships with The Wicker Man and other 'Scottish' film. Vincente (Johnny Philips)is a wonderful character, brilliantly played.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very engaging, oddball viewing experience 27 Jan 2010
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Charlie(Alastair Mackenzie) is on his way to the Ilse of Skye to burn his estranged wife's lovers house down, when he is approached by charismatic Vincente(Jonny Phillips, very reminiscant of Peter Reigert), who asks him for a lift. Vincente has problems of his own. He's on the run from someone, who has promised to remove his testicles from his body. Both men travel further into the Scottish wilds, until they run out of petrol, and by chance come across a hotel. They are initially met with hostility by a woman called Claire who informs them there are not rooms to let, but then the hotel owner Ruaridh tells them they are very welcome to stay the night. UIts only when they sit down for a meal that night that the two men realise that they have stumbled into a retreat, as all the fellow guests have addictions or phobias. Then there's loner Magnus, who lives in a caravan, spending his life hunting deer, and greiving for his dead(?)daughter. The next morning, the two men armed with a can of petrol return to the car to go on their way. Charlie finds all the tyres slashed, and furiously returns to the retreat to find the culprit. The place is empty, so Charlie goes upstairs to Ruaridh's room. There are photos all over the room,photos of all the guests asleep in best, including Vincente and Charlie, and theres also a large amount of videos on a shelf. Charlie puts one on...
This film has been compared to 'The Wicker Man' and 'Straw Dogs'. I think anybody coming to this film expecting a variant on either of these might be in for a dissapointment. Don't get me wrong, it does seem to be following very much the same route as Robin Hardy's superb horror, but appearances can be deceptive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars take a look.....
...I saw this when it first came out and have to admit I haven't watched it since but I thought it was excellent, authentically strange, powerful and disturbing, so if that's the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by joek
5.0 out of 5 stars quirky and worth watching
a very under-rated film i saw it in an arthouse cinema yonks ago and really enjoyed it a very quirky storyline rather spooky at times but well worth watching
Published on 11 Jan 2010 by Ms. Llinos W. Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor effort by talented director
Shot in a rough'n'ready style on digital video where the washed out colours give the Scottish Highlands an uneasy atmosphere, this movie captures an errie atmosphere. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2009 by Billy Ray Cyrus
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID at all costs , because it will be at your cost........
This film is is not The Wicker man meets straw dogs,The wicker man is a true classic,Straw dogs is overated and has not aged well as a storyline,but God this film has to be the... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad!!!
I really enjoyed this film, its quite different to what I expected but I wasn't at all disappointed. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Redefines "tedium"
A dreadful amateurish meandering mess. Carries off the rare trick of making 90 minutes seem like 5 hours. Read more
Published on 26 Feb 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Did I miss something?
Saw all the quotes and hype for the release of this film onto DVD and gave it a try expecting an intriguing thriller/horror from a new British director. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2003 by Lanternman
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