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21 July 2019

Masters of Cinema echoes THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH (Review)

From director Fred Schepisi (A CRY IN THE DARK) comes this bleak depiction of a turn of the century true crime in which a half-caste aboriginal man trying to make his way in the white man's world is driven to an act of violence.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka (UK) Region B Blu-ray/Region 2 NTSC DVD (DVDCompare)

THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Blu-ray:
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 2.35:1 Widescreen transfers of the Australian cut (122 minutes) and the international cut (117 minutes)
    • English DTS-HD Master Audio 1.0 Mono
  • DVD:
    • 16:9 anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen transfer of the Australian cut
    • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • Optional English HoH Subtitles (both versions)
  • Audio Commentary by director Fred Schepisi
  • Audio Commentary by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
  • New Interview with director Fred Schepisi
  • "Celluloid Gypsies: Making The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith" documentary
  • A Conversation with director Fred Schepisi & cinematographer Ian Baker
  • "The Chant of Tom Lewis" interview with actor Tom E. Lewis
  • 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival Q and A with director Fred Schepisi & actor Geoffrey Rush
  • "Making Us Blacksmiths" documentary on the casting of Aboriginal lead actors Tom E. Lewis and Freddy Reynolds
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible cover
  • Collector's booklet featuring a reprint of Pauline Kael's original review of the film and rare archival imagery.
  • The first 2,000 copies include a limited edition O-card featuring newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh.

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