Wake in Fright (1971)

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Released 3-Nov-2009
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Region 4

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Sweat, Dust and Beer... There's Nothing Else Out Here Mate!

Awe-inspiring, brutal and stunning, Wake in Fright is the story of John Grant, a bonded teacher who arrives in the rough outback mining town of Bundanyabba planning to stay overnight before catching the plane to Sydney. But his one night stretches to five and he plunges headlong toward his own destruction. When the alcohol-induced mist lifts, the educated John Grant is no more. Instead there is a self-loathing man in a desolate wasteland, dirty, red-eyed, sitting against a tree and looking at a rifle with one bullet left...

Believed lost for many years, Wake in Fright has been painstakingly restored by Australia’s National Film and Sound Archive and AtLab Deluxe, and is presented in its original uncompromising form.

DVD Special Features

Interview with director Ted Kotcheff

Audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and editor Anthony Buckley

Restoration Comparison

WHO NEEDS ART? (1971) - segment on WAKE IN FRIGHT

Ken G. Hall interview about Chips Rafferty

7:30 REPORT story on the rediscovery and restoration of the film

NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD (2008) - extended scene on WAKE IN FRIGHT

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Steve C
Nil known
Donald Pleasence
Gary Bond
Chips Rafferty
Sylvia Kay
Jack Thompson
Peter Whittle
Al Thomas
John Meillon
John Armstrong
Slim DeGrey
Maggie Dence
Norm Erskine
Directed by
Ted Kotcheff
John Scott
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Drama 1971 104:32 (Case: 92) 576i (PAL) 4
Widescreen 1.85:1, 16x9 Enhanced
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Main Menu Audio & Animation, Booklet-32 page , Audio Commentary-Ted Kotcheff & Anthony Buckley, Interviews-Crew-with Director, Ted Kotcheff, Theatrical Trailer-International Trailer - Outback, TV Spots-Who Needs Art? (1971) Segment on Wake In Fright , TV Spots-ABC's 7:30 Report - Rediscovery & Restoration of the film, Interviews-Cast-Ken G. Hall interview about Chips Rafferty, Featurette-Restoration Comparison, Deleted Scenes-From the 2008 documentary, Not Quite Hollywood (Wake in Frig, Teaser Trailer-Madman Propaganda
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