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Don's Party
     

Don's Party

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Director: Bruce Beresford, Ray Barrett, Clare Binney, Pat Bishop

Cast: Bruce Beresford, Ray Barrett, Clare Binney, Pat Bishop

 
Bruce Beresford's Don's Party comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include filmographies. This is a pedestrian, but inexpensive title from Wellspring that should be of interest for fans of Beresford.

Overview

Bruce Beresford's Don's Party comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. Supplemental materials include filmographies. This is a pedestrian, but inexpensive title from Wellspring that should be of interest for fans of Beresford.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Bruce Beresford's adaptation of David Williamson's coruscating black comedy on the dashed political hopes of a group of thirtysomething friends is a sort of Australian Big Chill, albeit far more penetrating and honest. When Don Henderson (John Hargreaves), a partisan of Australia's Labor Party, invites some like-minded friends over to celebrate an anticipated victory in the national election of 1969, their mood turns ugly after their candidate's loss is announced. As the drinking continues apace, the men's thin veneer of civility also begins to wear away. Mack (Graham Kennedy) brandishes a naked photo of his recently divorced wife, while the others are intent on pursuing any woman not their spouse. More tellingly, the playful comic jabs exchanged by the men earlier in the evening give way to increasingly vicious personal attacks, as they gradually reveal the disillusionment of compromised lives, with the women equally disenchanted, if more ruefully amused by the childish behavior of their husbands. Resolutely unamused by her mate is the most grounded of these characters, Don's long-suffering wife, Kath (Jeanie Drynan), and one wonders if their marriage will survive the party. The playwright's take on the way in which personal goals are displaced into the political realm blends with a more universal vision of the sobering effect of aging in a film of lasting impact. Although its stage origins may be evident in the unity of time and place, Beresford's deft editing, Williamson's scathing dialogue, and an excellent cast are enough to efface these apparent limitations. While some of the slang will remain a mystery to non-Australians, a surprising number of the funnier and less subtle idioms can be inferred from context.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1999
UPC:
0720917511122
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Lorber
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Filmographies; Scene access; Production credits

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Barrett Mal
Clare Binney Susan
Pat Bishop Jenny
Graeme Blundell Simon
Jeanie Drynan Kath
John Gorton Himself
John Hargreaves Don Henderson
Harold Hopkins Cooley
Graham Kennedy Mack
Veronica Lang Jody
Candy Raymond Kerry
Kit Taylor Evan

Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Phil Adams Producer
William M. Anderson Editor
Rhoisin Harrison Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Leos Janácek Score Composer
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Anna Senior Costumes/Costume Designer
David Williamson Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Access
1. Labor vs. Liberal [3:20]
2. The Duck Hunt [13:10]
3. The Party Picks Up [9:39]
4. How To Pick A Up A Girl [17:02]
5. To The Swimming Pool [13:33]
6. The End Of The Party [14:00]

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