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Picnic at Hanging Rock [Criterion Collection]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 11/03/1998
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Peter Weir's haunting and evocative mystery is set in the Australia of 1900, a mystical place where the British have attempted to impose their Christian culture with such tweedy refinements as a girls' boarding school. After gauzily-photographed, nicely underplayed scenes of the girls' budding sexuality being restrained in Victorian corsets, the uptight headmistress (Rachel Roberts) takes them on a Valentine's Day picnic into the countryside, and several of the girls, led by the lovely Miranda (Anne Lambert) decide to explore a nearby volcanic rock formation. It's a desolate, primitive, vaguely menacing place, where one can almost feel the presence of ancient pagan spirits. Something -- and there is an unspoken but palpable emphasis on the inherent carnality of the place -- draws four of the girls to explore the rock. Three never return. No one ever finds out why. The repercussions for the school are tragic, and of course Roberts reacts with near-crazed anger, but what really happened? Weir gives enough clues to suggest any number of explanations, both physical and supernatural. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Chapters

0. Chapters
1. Logos/Opening credits [5:06]
2. Appleyard College, St. Valentine's Day 1900 [2:10]
3. No tomboy foolishness [2:14]
4. "Waiting a million years-just for us" [2:58]
5. Michael and Albert [2:38]
6. Broken heart [3:06]
7. "We shall only be gone a little while" [6:10]
8. The ugly old Rock [2:50]
9. Sara and the deer [4:11]
10. "...the Right Time And Place" [3:33]
11. Something terrible [4:51]
12. "Quite intact" [2:37]
13. Miss McCraw, sans skirt [3:40]
14. The bloodhound [1:50]
15. Cold sweats [5:23]
16. Search party [2:20]
17. "I'm staying here" [2:10]
18. Paper trail [3:45]
19. Dirty lace [4:36]
20. News of Irma [1:48]
21. Only one [3:00]
22. Torn fingernails, no corset [3:04]
23. Plants that can move [1:55]
24. The lady circus rider [4:07]
25. "I feel sorry for them kids" [3:30]
26. "I remember...nothing" [2:45]
27. "She likes daisies best of all" [2:32]
28. "Tell us, Irma!" [2:34]
29. Giving notice [4:26]
30. The smell of pansies [2:53]
31. "Au revoir" [3:06]
32. Memento mori [3:23]
33. Closing credits [1:40]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: November 03, 1998
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Length: 107 minutes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel (5.1), Stereo
  • Format: Wide Screen Enhanced (16x9)
  • Discs: 1
  • Language: English
  • Subtitle: English
  • UPC: 037429126325
  • Product ID: 1010609
  • Genre: Drama, Mystery

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