(aka "Long Weekend" )

 

directed by Jamie Blanks
Australia 2008

 

In Jamie Blanks' (STORM WARNING) remake of Colin Eggleston's underrated LONG WEEKEND (on Synapse Films' DVD in a beautiful HD-mastered transfer), Peter (Jim Caviezel) drags his wife Carla (Claudia Karvan) along on a weekend camping trip. Their friends fail to turn up and they get lost in the dark (Peter hits a kangeroo with his four-by-four and causes a small fire with a cigarette thrown out the window). The long weekend finds Carla bored while Peter trudges about the beach shooting animals and spreading litter. As the tensions in their relationship bubble to the surface (infidelity and a miscarriage), it seems as though nature is turning the tables on them as the kangaroos watch, snakes slither, and a dead dugong's corpse seems to be making its way up the beach towards the campsite.

Scripted by Australian horror regular Everett DeRoche (who also scripted the original), the remake follows the original fairly closely and that is perhaps its weakness. The actors and the filmmakers seem to be going through the motions. Blanks and his cinematographer deliver a slicker but bland image than the atmospheric original (the original's cinematographer Vincent Monton is credited here as 2nd unit DP) but the pacing and buildup of what should be odd occurrences is haphazard (the dugong corpse that makes its way up the beach seems thrown into the script as if the filmmakers remembered it at the last moment). It's bad but not in the sacrilegious way of many remakes and re-imaginings, it's just unnecessary.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 9 October 2008 (Spain - Sitges Festival)

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DVD Review: Screen Media - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Screen Media

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:27:33 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.36:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.91 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Screen Media

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.36:1

Edition Details:
• BATTLE IN SEATTLE trailer (4:3; 1:57)
• THE GOOD STUDENT trailer (16:9; 2:28)

DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

Screen Media's R1 US DVD is an exceedingly poor release. Regardless of how one feels about the film, the DVD is standards converted and encoded at the low average bitrate of 4.91 (the 90 minute film plus 2 trailers and the basic motion menus occupy 3.58 GB of a single-layer disc). High motion scenes are an interlaced mess and turning on any deinterlacing results in even more indistinct ghosting.

 

The film looks okay on an interlaced television (though the closing credits are difficult to read and become blurry with zooming). No hard of hearing subtitles or even closed captions are included.

 - Eric Cotenas

 



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