Following in the thematic and artistic footsteps of his earlier film Picnic at Hanging Rock, director Peter Weir's haunting and equally enigmatic The Last Wave comes to DVD awash in a newly struck print and an even more impressive remastered sound design. The film, as with Picnic, has garnered a faithful cult following over the years and the two films are arguably still the best productions from the versatile and prolific Australian director. With its mix of horror, mystery, and metaphysical portents, The Last Wave is a cinematic spell which never relinquishes its power to take the viewer into a world of the supernatural and beyond. The Criterion Collection disc is fantastic and makes a very nice companion piece to their release of Picnic. The film is presented in its proper letterboxed format of 1.77:1 (enhanced for widescreen TVs) and its remastered transfer was supervised by director Weir. The image is sharp and appropriately dark and murky-looking, and only occasionally appears too grainy. The disc has also been given both a newly remastered 5.1 Dolby Digital English language track, as well as a two-channel option. Both tracks are great, though the 5.1 option is preferable as it sounds more bold and full, and adds even more to the film's already heady atmosphere. Compare the two tracks during the opening rain of hail sequence and enjoy the difference. In terms of extras, a nice video interview with the director has been included, wherein he talks briefly about working with the tightly knit group of aboriginal actors and actor Richard Chamberlain's stamina and courage during the film's finale set in the sewers below Sydney, among other things. The original theatrical trailer has also been included.