Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion Collection)

Closed Capationed Starring: Rachel Roberts Director: Peter Weir  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Criterion Collection)
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Item:  CRRN 12632D
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1975
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Director's Cut
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English
    • Subtitles - English - SDH
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Edited by
Screenwriting by
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Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 10/23/1998
"...[It] wears the brilliant obscurity of a Dickinson poem and the suggestive force of a Magritte painting....[Offers] just the perfect beauty of its puzzle..." -- Rating: A
New York Times - 02/23/1979
"...A hypnotic spell....A movie that is both spooky and sexy."
Los Angeles Times - 06/25/1998
"...Exquisite and seductive....Cinema at its most evocative....PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK remains a gorgeous-looking, superbly wrought cinema..."
Total Film - 08/01/2003
"...Swaddling the story in an atmosphere of eerie mysticism, Weir shuts out logic and reason in favour of cloaking the tale in swooning mysticism..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2008
"[A] mysterious, subtle and beautifully shot film....IT is also eerie and unsettling, its dreamlike quality heightened by the haunting music..."
Empire - 08/01/2010
5 stars out of 5 -- "Weir piles on lyrical image after lyrical image, wallowing in different moods to build something eerie, beautiful and dripping with dread."

Plot Synopsis:

Weir's (TRUMAN SHOW, DEAD POETS SOCIETY) exotic story employs tranquil surrealism and lush cinematography to explore the interconnected relationships between nature, eroticism and repression. While out climbing rocks, three girls from a posh finishing school vanish without a trace. In an attempt to find them, a geometry teacher climbs the rock and follows them into oblivion. A young man who has seen the teacher running up the mountain in a pair of bloomers, decides to spend the night on the rock, in hopes of finding the girls. But in the morning he is discovered with a wound on his head and no recollection of what happened. And when one of the girls later returns she's also wounded and dazed. A truly alluring, enigmatic film.

Plot Keywords:

Essential Cinema | Mystery | Psychic Forces | Recommended | Schoolgirls | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: February 2, 1979.

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