The Last Wave

The Last Wave

Richard Chamberlain
Director: Peter Weir Cast: Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
, Olivia Hamnett
Olivia Hamnett
, David Gulpilil
David Gulpilil
Peter Weir

DVD (Wide Screen / Stereo)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/27/2001
UPC: 0037429161920
Original Release: 1977
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 21,255

Special Features

New digital transfer supervised by director Peter Weir and enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Interview with director Peter Weir; Original theatrical trailer; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Chamberlain David
Olivia Hamnett Anne Burton
David Gulpilil Chris Lee
Frederick Parslow Rev. Burton
Nadjiwarra Amagula Charlie
Athol Compton Billy Corman
Walter Amagula Gerry Lee
Roy Bara Larry
Peter Carroll Michael Zeadler
Hedley Cullen Judge
Michael Duffield Andrew Potter
Wallas Eaton Morgue Doctor
Jo England Babysitter
John Frawley Policeman
Vivean Gray Dr. Whitburn
Cedric Lalara Lindsey
Morris Lalara Jacko
Tony Llewellyn-Jones Guest at party
John Meagher Morgue Clerk
Malcolm Robertson Don Fishburn
Greg Rowe Carl

Technical Credits
Peter Weir Director,Screenwriter
Neil Angwin Art Director
Annie Bleakley Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell Boyd Cinematographer
Max Lemon Editor
Hal McElroy Producer
James McElroy Producer
Tony Morphett Screenwriter
Jose Perez Makeup
Petru Popescu Screenwriter
John Seale Camera Operator
Charles Wain Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Logos/Opening Credits [1:50]
2. Cloudless Storm [3:49]
3. Chaotic Commute [3:14]
4. Raining Indoors [5:12]
5. Childhood Dreams [2:41]
6. Crime [2:00]
7. Punishment [3:50]
8. Taking the case [5:32]
9. Troubling Dreams [5:00]
10. Chris [4:02]
11. Dinner Guests [9:24]
12. Dreams Continue [2:24]
13. A Warning [3:40]
14. "The dreamtime" [4:22]
15. Annie's Breakdown [5:25]
16. "Mulkurul" [7:34]
17. Fear [3:01]
18. In the Courtroom [3:12]
19. Secrets Revealed [4:39]
20. A Visit from the Reverend [2:58]
21. Into the Sewers [7:53]
22. Writing on the wall [5:27]
23. Last Wave [8:14]
24. Color Bars [:10]

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