Picnic at Hanging Rock (Deluxe Edition) DVD

Peter Weir, 1975


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Film Details

Directed by Peter Weir

Produced in 1975

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - Australasian Film

MovieMail's Review

On a day trip from their austere private academy to a local beauty spot in the summer of 1900, three schoolgirls and a teacher vanish without trace amidst the dark alcoves of Hanging Rock. After a week, one girl reappears unexpectedly, but has no recollection of the event; attempts to find the others lead to nothing.

Picnic... stays true to the overriding theme that dominated Australian new wave films: the collision of prim, white society with the unfathomable, unforgiving force of the land, and here Weir effectively channels the strength and mysticism of the natural world through the girls’ burgeoning sexuality. Haunting and sensual, the puzzle of Hanging Rock remains as enigmatic as ever. This definitive package features both the director's cut and the original, longer theatrical version of this masterful film.

Julian Upton on 3rd June 2008
Author of 172 reviews

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Film Description

The film that established Peter Weir as a major filmmaker, Picnic at Hanging Rock is a critically acclaimed classic of Australian cinema. With BAFTA-winning photography and a memorably haunting score, it remains one of the most atmospheric and beautifully enigmatic films ever made.

On Saturday 14th February 1900 a party of schoolgirls from Appleyard College took a trip to Hanging Rock near Mt. Macedon in the state of Victoria. During the idyllic sun-drenched afternoon some of the party set off alone and having climbed higher stopped to rest and fell asleep. They awoke as though still in a dream and silently ventured further through a passage in the imposing rock face. Some of the girls were never seen again.

DVD Details

Certificate: PG

Publisher: Second Sight

Length: 110 mins

Aspect ratio: 16:9 anamorphic widescreen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 30th June 2008

Cat No: 2NDVD3139

Subtitles: Subtitles for hard of hearing (English)

DVD Extras

  • Director's Cut and Original Version
  • Interview with Author Joan Lindsay
  • 'A Dream Within a Dream'
  • 'A Recollection: Hanging Rock 1900'
  • 'Hanging Rock and Martindale Hall: Then and Now'
  • 'The Day of St Valentine')
  • Image gallery.

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by Anon on 27th May 2003

According to Loraine Mafi Williams, an Aboriginal shaman, "There are places all over Australia to avoid. These we call "Sacred Sites and they are sacred in the hope th... Read on

“Picnic At Hanging Rock”
by DavidLeanFan on 13th May 2009

Picnic At Hanging rock is deservedly the defining film of Peter Weir. The contrast of the victorian rituals of the girls from Appleyard College with the sense of evil ... Read on


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