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After being restored and released theatrically to great acclaim
after four decades, the Aussie shocker WAKE IN FRIGHT is heading to the home
market; read on for the details and cover art.
Drafthouse Films will release WAKE IN FRIGHT (a.k.a.
OUTBACK) on DVD and Blu-ray January 15. Directed by Ted Kotcheff, the movie
stars John Grant as a British schoolteacher on vacation in Australia who stops
in a remote mining town, and undergoes a frightening psychological breakdown at
the hands of its residents. Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson and Chips Rafferty
co-star; the movie was barely released Stateside after its premiere at the 1971
Cannes Film Festival, and was thought lost until negative elements were
discovered a few years ago and the restoration was undertaken. The anamorphic
widescreen transfers on the discs, with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound on the DVD and
DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray, include:
• Audio commentary by Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley
• The making-of featurette "To the Yabba and Back"
• Q&A with Kotcheff from the 2009 Toronto Film Festival
• Restoration featurette
• “Who Needs Art?” vintage featurette
• Theatrical trailers
• 28-page booklet
Retail prices are $27.97 for the DVD and $29.97 for the
Blu-ray; special DVD/Blu-ray fan packs including a Kotcheff-autographed poster and a limited-edition two-up
gambling set can be pre-ordered at the Drafthouse website. See WAKE IN FRIGHT’s trailer below, and our two-part interview with Kotcheff
here and here.
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