Eureka Entertainment to release the internationally acclaimed masterpiece THE CHANT OF JIMMIE BLACKSMITH, Fred Schepisi's depiction of horrific racially-motivated crimes, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 19 August 2019, presented with a Limited Edition slipcase [2000 copies only]. One of the most important films in all of Australian cinema, and perhaps the key critical work of that country's internationally acclaimed film movement of the 1970s, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is nothing short of a masterpiece a bracing and emotionally wrenching study of the effects of institutionalised racism and colonialism on a land's indigenous peoples, and an unflinching look at the repercussions of violence for both aggressors and victims. Based on the early 20th-century exploits of Jimmy Governor, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith follows its title character, a half-Aboriginal, half-white young man attempting to make his way as a farmhand, but facing only prejudice and deception from society. When the parentage of his child is called into question and he is further robbed by his white employers, Jimmie's barely suppressed rage explodes, triggering a wave of violence that would shock a nation. Directed by Fred Schepisi (Six Degrees of Separation) from a Booker-nominated novel by Thomas Keneally (Schindler's Arc the book on which the film Schindler's List was based), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith stands alongside The Harder They Come and Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song as one of the most powerful 1970s cinema explorations of rebellion and uprising, and the costs that are paid on both sides. Called the one great Australian film that I have seen by Pauline Kael, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is a powerful experience. Features: LIMITED EDITION O-CARD (First 2000 copies only) - featuring newly commissioned artwork by Nathanael Marsh The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith Australian Version [122 mins] presented in 1080p on Blu-ray (with a progressive encode on the DVD), from a restoration completed by Umbrella Entertainment The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith International Version [117 mins] from a brand new restoration completed in 2019 from the original film elements (Blu-ray only) Uncompressed monaural soundtrack (on Blu-ray) Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Brand new and exclusive audio commentary by film critic and writer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Australian Version) Audio commentary by director Fred Schepisi (Australian version) Interview with Fred Schepisi [39 mins] Celluloid Gypsies: Making The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith [36 mins] A conversation with director Fred Schepisi and cinematographer Ian Baker [64 mins] The Chant of Tom Lewis interview with Tom E. Lewis [26 mins] Q&A session with Fred Schepisi and Geoffrey Rush, from the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival [34 mins] Making us Blacksmiths Documentary on the casting of Aboriginal lead actors Tom E. Lewis and Freddy Reynolds Stills Gallery Theatrical Trailer Reversible sleeve PLUS: A collector's booklet featuring a new essay by Travis Crawford; a reprint of Pauline Kael's original review of the film; and rare archival imagery
A 747 Jetliner takes off from an international airport and within minutes it is inexplicably threatening the lives of thousands as it plummets to the ground. The pilot Keller (Robert Powell) manages to avoid total catastrophe by bringing the aircraft down in a field but even so the resulting fire from a ruptured fuel tank ensures that from the plane at least there are no survivors. Except one: the pilot himself. Totured with guilt and unable to explain the reason for the disaster Keller sets upon a course of discovery desperately seeking to overcome the temporary loss of memory that he has sustained. Hobbs (Jennt Agutter) a young woman who tries to help Keller to unravel the mysteries of both his flight and the local events. But tragedy compounds upon tragedy as it seems that the dead passengers will not release their grip on Keller nor on anyone who stands in the path of his investigations. In a final confrontation with both his dead passengers and the responsiblity for the crash the truth is revealed. The collective personality of the dead can rest in peace. And so can Keller....
A coldblooded management consultant infamous for downsizing every firm he comes into contact with re-examines his own morals and values when his latest assignment puts him face to face with those affected by such actions.
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