Blu-ray Review: Long Weekend

The great outdoors. There’s nothing better than reconnecting with nature; getting out into the country or going away to the coast. To enjoy the wildlife and be at one with nature. That said, it becomes a slightly different prospect in a place like Australia where there are so many things which can kill you. Still it’s always good to get out of the city. Spend some quality time with a loved one. Maybe a Long Weekend?

Peter (John Hargreaves) and Marcia (Briony Behets) are going to the spend a long weekend at the beach. She’d much rather go to a nice hotel but he’s determined to impose his masculine authority on the natural environment. Relations between the couple are tense to begin with, but only deteriorate as the seaside paradise doesn’t quite live up to expectations. As their disdain for nature becomes increasingly apparent, the fauna begins to fight back.

Long Weekend is a tense psychological drama which uses the growing animosity between the couple to heighten the impending sense of danger. Their antipathy to nature comes back to bite them as they encounter an increasingly inhospitable environment. They’re so horrible it could have entirely ruined the film but director Colin Eggleston’s offers the audience occasional glimpses of their humanity, allowing us in part to empathise with them. Enter Long Weekend at your own risk and whatever you do don’t feed the animals!

Special edition features:

  • Audio Commentary with Executive Producer Richard Brennan and Cinematographer Vincent Monton
  • Nature Found Them Guilty: Examining Long Weekend Panel Discussion with Film Historians Lee Gambin, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Emma Westwood and Sally Christie
  • Extensive Stills Gallery Accompanied by Audio Interview with Actor John Hargreaves
  • SDH English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Long Weekend is released on Blu-ray by Second Sight on 5 November.

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