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Directed by Arch Nicholson

Australia 1987

 

A classic tale of terror from the golden age of Aussie exploitation, Dark Age features outback stalwart John Jarratt (Wolf Creek) as Northern Territory wildlife ranger Steve Harris, a stoic survivor charged with conserving the ever diminishing crocodile population from encroaching hunters, hell-bent on destruction of the species. Faced with formidable opposition from gung-ho hunter John Besser (Max Phipps, Mad Max 2), Steve is joined by girlfriend Cathy (Nikki Coghill, The Time Guardian) and sets out to relocate a giant crocodile to a breeding ground sanctuary, well out of harm's way. Aided by expert tracker Oondabund (Burnam Burnam, Ground Zero) and Adjaral (David Gulpilil, The Tracker) the intrepid foursome risk life and limb in a terrifying journey that will test their nerves and transform the tranquil Territory waters into a raging red torrent of death.).

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Local Park Ranger Steve Harris is all about protecting the Northern Territory Salt Water Crocodile population and stopping the poachers from rampaging through the environment like Young Liberals intent on giving out uranium mining rights. This is a bit unfortunate as a large "Saltie" is currently on the prowl decimating the local redneck population while picking off the odd Koori. Town Hall wants the Saltie's head as investment and tourism is at risk from the rioting reptile, while the local Koori Elders want the Croc rescued and retuned to it's normal environment, apparently heavy rains have confused the behemoth and it's headed into unfamiliar waters.

Excerpt from ScaryMinds located HERE

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Release: May 21st, 1987

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Distribution Umbrella
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Runtime 1:30:30.550  
Video

1.78:1 Disc Size: 38,549,765,394 bytes

Feature Size: 17,778,020,736 bytes

Average Bitrate: 26.19 Mbps

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 
Audio

Dolby Digital Audio English 384 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps

Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Umbrella

 

1.78:1 Disc Size: 38,549,765,394 bytes

Feature Size: 17,778,020,736 bytes

Average Bitrate: 26.19 Mbps

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
 Uncut Not Quite Hollywood Interviews with John Jarrat and Anthony Ginnane (16:53)
 Audio Commentary with John Jarrat and Anthony Ginnane
 A Bicentenary With Bite - Revisiting Dark Age Panel Discussion (24:16)
 Living With Crocodiles with Grahame Webb, author of Numunwari (48:58)
 Theatrical Trailer (2:04)
 US Home Video Trailer 1 (1:41)
 US Home Video Trailer 2 (2:02)
 Image Gallery

Blu-ray  Release Date: November, 2016
Standard (thick) Blu-ray case

Chapters: 17

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Umbrella's Region FREE Blu-ray transfer is dual-layered for the 1.5 hour feature and the bitrate is supportive. The 1080P presentation is in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and looks fairly pleasing. The HD presentation is consistent with true colors and a few speckles. There is no noise in the few darker sequences and, although may be technically modest - surprisingly good for a straight-to-video croc-flic.

 

The audio is presented in lossy Dolby stereo but exports the film's effects reasonably although lacking the intense depth of an uncompressed transfer. The Danny Beckermann score isn't overly remarkable but works within the film's suspense confines. Umbrella add optional English subtitles - see sample below - on their Region FREE Blu-ray disc.

 

Extras are extensive offering a relaxed audio commentary with John Jarratt and Anthony Ginnane with plenty of pauses and reminiscing about the production. There is some humor with comments like "...try not to get in a shot with David Gulpilil as no one will be looking at you". There is 1/4 hour's worth of extended interviews of both participants from Mark Hartley's 2008 Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! and a 24-minute A Bicentenary With Bite - Revisiting Dark Age panel discussion and a 50-minute featurette; Living With Crocodiles with Grahame Webb, author of Numunwari: A Novel of Aboriginal "Dreaming", Crocodiles and Cultural Conflict. There is a theatrical trailer and two US Home Video trailers plus an image gallery. Quite a lot there, actually.

Dark Age does what I like - builds suspense with conflict and a relatively unseen monster - less graphic horror / more 'unknown' - not dissimilar to many of the creature-features we enjoy from the past. The film is weak on croc effects but has camp value and Gulpilil adds some desirable aboriginal mysticism.  The
Region FREE Blu-ray is reasonably priced and offers another desirable Ozploitation effort in an HD presentation. Love this genre! Recommended!      

Gary Tooze

 

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