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    Synapse Releasing Long Weekend On Blu-ray

    This is pretty great news, I love this movie.

    From Blu-ray.com:

    "Independent distributors Synapse Films have revealed that they are preparing a Blu-ray release of Australian director Colin Eggleston's Long Weekend (1978), starring John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, and Mike McEwen. The release is expected to arrive on the U.S. market later this year.

    Attempting to resurrect their failing marriage, Peter (Hargreaves) and Marcia (Behets) set out on a camping trip to a deserted stretch of Australian coastline in the hope that a long weekend in the sunshine will help them patch their differences.

    They are a careless couple, littering the countryside with garbage, shooting guns and even driving away after wounding a kangaroo with their automobile. Their callous disregard for the environment soon becomes apparent when the animals start to seek vengeance.

    Marcia and Peter have proved themselves to be destroyers of nature. Will the animals allow them to leave or will they be destroyed?"

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    From FB:

    "Today is "QC our HD transfer of LONG WEEKEND Day""

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    "Took us a while. Wanted it out last year, but our original master tapes somehow got ruined, and the digital betacams we had were littered with noise. So, we basically had to just start over... So, I want this out in November or December. This is from the original negative and it has some issues I'd like to address, but it is MILES ahead of our original DVD. Miles."
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    I've wanted to see this ever since first learning about it in Not Quite Hollywood. Very welcome news.
    It's all in the reflexes.

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    It's a really beautifully shot film, it should look awesome in a proper HD presentation.
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    Don said on FB... "We had to redo it because our original masters became corrupted. It's coming. Maybe March."
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    From FB:

    "Here are some sample pics from the wonderful 1978 "animal attack" film, LONG WEEKEND. We released a DVD of this ten years ago, but we are currently working on restoring it for a soon to be announced Blu-ray. The Blu-ray was slated for a while ago, but we had to start all over again, when we discovered our original HD master data had corrupted over the decade (so much for data being a viable archival medium, right?). So, it was back to the drawing board and here are some pics of our in-progress restoration/release. We hope to announce a firm release date soon. The transfer is certainly much improved over the decade old SD encode."

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    Release date is set for 4/14/15.
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    Rad. To me, this one looks and feels like a Peter Weir film, and I love it for that. It would fit in very nicely as the final part of my fake trilogy with The Last Wave and The Cars That Ate Paris. It happens, humans react, nature reacts. Though, the last two could easily change spots.

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