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(aka "Long Ago, Tomorrow")


Directed by Bryan Forbes
UK 1972


From Bryan Forbes, the acclaimed director of Séance on a Wet Afternoon, King Rat, The Wrong Box, The Whisperers, The Stepford Wives and The Naked Face, comes this inspiring romantic drama starring the great Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Britannia Hospital) as Bruce, a lively young man with an eye for pretty girls. Returning home slightly the worse for wear from a night of drinking, he suddenly collapses in the elevator of the block of flats in which he lives. When he wakes up in a hospital, he finds he is unable to walk, and the doctors cannot diagnose his problem. His family refuses to house him, and Bruce is forced to move to a convalescence home where, having becoming increasingly bitter and depressed about his situation, he strikes up a friendship with fellow inmate Jill (Nanette Newman, International Velvet). Under her influence, he begins to enjoy life again. But can their love survive as they struggle with the prospect of moving out of the home and looking for work? The Raging Moon, also known as Long Ago, Tomorrow, co-stars Bernard Lee, the legendary “M” from the James Bond films.


That formidable chasm between sodden bathos and genuine pathos is adroitly leaped by the writer-director Bryan Forbes and a professional cast in "Long Ago Tomorrow," the British romantic drama that opened at the Beekman Theater yesterday. While they haven't created a landmark film by any means, Mr. Forbes and company have fashioned an understated but passionate portrait of young people under tragic stress that evokes real compassion, an honest tear or two and, believe it or not, a chuckle here and there.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE



Theatrical Release: January 21st, 1971

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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A Region 'B' StudioCanal Blu-ray came out in the UK in 2015:

Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:52:32.120        

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,169,036,152 bytes

Feature: 35,278,282,752 bytes

Video Bitrate: 37.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:


DTS-HD Master Audio English 1555 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1555 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:


2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,471,315,571 bytes

Feature: 30,857,963,520 bytes

Video Bitrate: 31.93 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video


Edition Details:

• NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Filmmaker Daniel Kremer
• Trailers

Blu-ray Release Date:
September 1st, 2020
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 11




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

ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (August 2020): Kino have transferred Bryan Forbes' 1972 The Raging Moon ( aka "Long Ago, Tomorrow") to Blu-ray. It is, again, on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. Standard now for Kino and the transfer gets the most our of the available source looking solid in 1080P. The image is clean with depth - some yellow-ish interiors (which may be authentic) - there is decent contrast. It's not the most dynamic HD presentation but was consistent and I found my viewing pleasing in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit) in the original English language. It doesn't have many aggressive effects outside of the football match at the beginning and a bit in the wedding but a lovely score by Stanley Myers (Take a Girl Like You, The Wilby Conspiracy Eureka, Cimino's The Deer Hunter, Roeg's Insignificance, Harold Becker's The Boost, Pete Walker House of Mortal Sin and Frightmare, etc.) with Blue Mink singing A Time for Winning in the opening credits*. It all sounds mood-enhancing in the lossless and dialogue is clear and even. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

* NOTE: The US version replaced A Time For Winning - and had the alternate title trying to take advantage of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's Long Ago Tomorrow sung by B.J. Thomas - only on that version.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by filmmaker, author Daniel Kremer who accurately describes Malcolm McDowell as having an insouciant callowness - usually playing kind of a carefree rogue. We are informed that McDowell's mother states that his favorite role is Bruce in The Raging Moon. He goes on to discuss Bryan Forbes extensively - his filmography and book A Divided Life. I like Daniel. He describes this as the first ever proper release of this film in the US and praises Kino and urges listeners to watch Figures in a Landscape - a Joseph Losey film with Malcolm McDowell. Kremer reads from Andrew Sarris description of Forbes - disagreeing with it. He talks about EMI and the politics of the film. It's an excellent commentary if occasionally going far afield from the film, The Raging Moon. his knowledge is extensive. There are also some trailers as part of the supplements.  

Bryan Forbes' The Raging Moon is  excellent and I am growing very fond of his work as a director - notably I loved Séance on a Wet Afternoon and The Whisperers. I'm so glad to have seen The Raging Moon. Forbes doesn't sentimentalize the story - it's extremely well realized. The Kino Blu-ray and Daniel Kremer commentary are very strongly recommended! Don't miss this one.

Gary Tooze


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A Region 'B' StudioCanal Blu-ray came out in the UK in 2015:

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