Wake in Fright [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Will the locals accept him? And if so, can he escape their acceptance, and then accept what he learns about himself along the way..?
This is an absolute cracker it really is, just a joy from start to finish. Yes, at times it's uncomfortable viewing, with unsettling characters, and even more unsettling sequences. But don't be put off by that, because it's overall message (at least for me) is one of discovery, understanding and enlightenment.
Which all makes a film about beer drinking and kangaroo hunting sound very high brow doesn't it? But just watch it and hopefully you'll see what I mean.
The acting is extremely good from all concerned, some of which is delivered by none actors, especially during the gambling sequence, which just makes it all the more impressive for it.
On a final note it maybe worth mentioning that the 'kangaroo hunting' contained may upset some viewers.
The Masters of Cinema Blu Ray looked spot on to me, with several short documentaries as extras and a commentary track.
The film is adapted from the book of the same name, a critically acclaimed bestselling novel by Kenneth Cook, with a foreword (and forewarning…), "you may dream of the devil and wake in fright."
Its central protagonist, John Grant (played by Gary Bond who looks like a brown eyed, young Peter O Toole) suffers immeasurably, descending into madness as the menfolk who surround him show him the delights of 'The Yabba.' A wide panning shot of Tiboonda - the one school, arid and heat caked location shows the life for John to escape from, bound for Sydney with a one night stop off at Bundanyabba, where his money is lost on a gambling turn for the worst.
Throughout the film there are flashbacks to a better life, a beautiful girl, a creature given the iconographic stature of a bond femme fatale coming out of the waves of a glorious beach to kiss her man.Read more ›
Anyway, no point spoiling the minimal plot as such but just buy it if you like to watch something raw and stripped back. It's plot is a simple as the people it portrays but yet captivating. I read Donald Pleasance never watched his films. He really should have given this one a go.
Obviously the film was made in 1971 so don't expect something that looks like Cloud Atlas from the Blu Ray but it's probably as good as it gets given the source. Nothing wrong with it all just don't think you'll be getting a Kubrick style transfer or anything.
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Doc Tydon (Donald Pleasance) muses at one point during an "all night session" of drinking and hunting, that civilisation (so-called) may be defined as a man in smoking... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Ian Muldoon
Wake in Fright is the stuff that nightmares are made of. What happens to one person when they think that they can beat the house, and wanting to get out of their so called mundane... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Corey Newcombe
A lost classic. Wonderfully claustrophobic thriller. A nightmare scenario that could happen to anyone in the pre mobile and smartphone days. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Craig Murray
'Wake in fright', would have to be one of my favourite all time movies, I had read the book in the late 80's, and really wanted to see the movie, however it was impossible to get,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. G. O' Carroll
Not sure I know what to say about this. I think I like it but there again I'm not sure I know why. If the outback is like this count me in for my next holiday. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr R P Smith
Wake in fright is an appropriate name for this film because just like those bad dreams you get where you cant seem to escape or get anywhere in them then this is the sutuation... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Burt Mc