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Criterion Collection: Last Wave [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QAPI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,033 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Classic cult movie starring Richard Chamberlain.

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1970's Australia. Freak weather conditions are hitting the country. A school in the outback is suddenly hit by a ferocious rainstorm combined with huge hailstones, and a deluge of rain is swamping the city. Corporate lawyer David Burton(Richard Chamberlain) is asked to represent a group of Aborigines suspected of drowning a fellow aborigine. David gets drawn into the case, whilst his marriage is struggling and he is also experiencing violent dreams. After meeting one of the accused, the charismatic Chris(Gulpilil) and an old Aboriginal magician Charlie, David becomes convinced that ancient tribal laws are responsible for the death, but is he getting himself caught up in things way beyond his understanding?
I saw this film one night on Channel 4 in its infancy. As far as I know it hasn't been shown again. I managed to find a Polish DVD of the film on ebay(not the release in the product description, the Polish release runs the full 106 mins), and watched it hoping it would be as great as I remembered it. I need not have worried. Its a brilliant film.
Director Weir tells a very leisurely story here. In fact the pace is almost stately at times. Don't let this put you off though, as its enthralling from beginning to end. Its also a film that relies on the visual aspect to tell its story, as there are long scenes with little or no dialogue, just lush cinematography and heavy with symbolism. It weaves a delicious mystery, and then leaves the viewer with an extremely ambigious ending. What a sucker punch by Weir! The acting is superb, especially from an unusually subdued Chamberlain, and David Gulpilil, in the credits as just Gulpilil, who is tremendous as Chris. Theres also an evocative, dreamlike music score that compliments the dreamy visuals perfectly. Highly recommended.
Please note that this review is not for the listed DVD, but for the Polish Region 2 release from Monolith Video, with optional Polish subtitles. Its well worth tracking down. 5 out of 5
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By I. R. Barnes VINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2010
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The Last Wave is a genuinely eerie apocalyptic thriller from director Peter Weir. It is imbued with Aboriginal spiritualism and symbolism and is probably his darkest film to date. Chamberlain gives one of his better performances portraying a very pragmatic lawyer called to defend a group of Aborigines charged with a tribal killing. During his involvement with the case he begins to have unusual and portentous dreams signifying that there is much more going on than he realised. This takes place against a backdrop of extreme weather events such as black rain, torrential downpours and golf-ball sized hail.

Weir creates an extremely foreboding ominous atmosphere which builds to almost unbearable levels during the final scenes and the ending is typical of Weir, very ambiguous and unexpected and it haunts you for days afterwards!

Like all of Weir's films the music score plays quite an important part, this time featuring lots of eerie low rumbling didgeridoos. And also of particular note are the sound effects which are quite unsettling featuring a chorus of croaking frogs and insects as well as the most disturbing howling wind and rain EVER!

I love the way Weir creates an eerie film without actually showing you anything disturbing or scary, much like his previous film Picnic at Hanging Rock, everything is simply implied and leaves a lot to the audience's imagination which can be more effective than anything ever seen on screen. It would be nice to see Weir make a return to this genre.
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The last wave is one of those 70s films from australia that the country was great at,at the time along with hanging rock and long weekend,this and those films stuck in your mind a very long time after you saw them.The blu-ray is region B,the pq good,remember this is a rare movie,sound is quiet but with sudden noise for shock,for the price it,i belive,it is worth every penny,and it arrived within two days,great.
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This is a truly intriguing and rather disturbing film and I will certainly watch it several times. It is well acted - it gives a fascinating insight into the Ausrstralian aborigine culture - perhaps we should take more interest in their beliefs nad learn from them
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Old fashioned but very watchable. Peter Weir sustained a mystical atmosphere throughout. Was rather frustrated by the fact that there was no explanation why the world was ending. Was it the whole world or just Australia?
Richard Chamberlain was great and seeing him brought back memories of Dr Kildaire and ( less happily) of the Thorn Birds.
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