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In the Winter Dark

3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 27-NOV-2007
Media Type: DVD

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  • Actors: Ray Barrett, Brenda Blethyn, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh, Justin Monjo
  • Directors: James Bogle
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000VEA3HK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,710 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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'In the Winter Dark' is a difficult film to categorize. Adapted from a book by Tim Winton (an Australian author whom I haven't read), ITWD generally is listed as a psychological thriller, but aside from a vague air of impending dread, there's nothing terribly suspenseful about it. Rather it's a mood-driven, alternately disturbing and humorous character study of four emotionally-- and to a lesser extent geographically-- isolated neighbors in rural Australia who've banded together to figure out what sort of creature has been savagely killing their livestock and other nearby animals. It's slow and at times surreal (as framed by one character's off-and-on dream-themed narration), and, because it's nicely acted and photographed, interesting to watch. But as far as payoff for our investment in the story and these characters goes, the premise proves to be deeper than the execution, and by the third act, instead of building to a satisfying climax of metaphor-meets-plot-resolution (or non-resolution), events take over and we're presented with a somewhat conventional, albeit appropriately morose, 'message movie' ending wherein we are shown, predictably, that the external enemy is no match for the internal. Overall, high technical/conceptual marks go to Aussie director James Bogle with wishes for a more incisive screen treatment. The BFS DVD features a trailer and cast bios, and offers a sharp 1.33:1 transfer of the film, which appears to be its original aspect ratio. 3-plus stars.
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