Sleeping Dogs (1977) artwork

Sleeping Dogs (1977)

Sunday 11th March 2018

The movie that revolutionised filmmaking in New Zealand and brought about the country's cinematic New Wave, Sleeping Dogs, released on ob Blu-ray 16th April 2018 from Arrow Academy, is a tour de force action thriller that launched the Hollywood careers of both its director and lead actor.
Sam Neill, Warren Oates, Ian Mune, Nevan Rowe, Davina Whitehouse
Roger Donaldson
Roger Donaldson
Arrow Academy
1 hour 47 minutes

The movie that revolutionised filmmaking in New Zealand and brought about the country's cinematic New Wave, Sleeping Dogs is a tour de force action thriller that launched the Hollywood careers of both its director and lead actor. It manages to be both nail-bitingly tense and a chilling view of New Zealand as a dictatorship and, as such, it resonated with audiences on a worldwide scale.

Released on 16th April 2018, this Blu-ray edition from Arrow Academy is a must for both fans of the film and those seeing it for the first time.

Adapted from C.K. Stead's novel Smith's Dream, Sleeping Dogs almost single-handedly kickstarted the New Zealand New Wave, demonstrating that homegrown feature films could resonate with both local and international audiences, and launching the big-screen careers of director Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, Species) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Possession).

Neill - in his first lead role in a feature - plays Smith, a man escaping the break-up of his marriage by finding isolation on an island off the Coromandel Peninsula. As he settles into his new life, the country is experiencing its own turmoil: an oil embargo has led to martial law and civil war, into which Smith reluctantly finds himself increasingly involved.

Co-starring Warren Oates (Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia) as the commander of a US army unit drawn into the conflict, Sleeping Dogs is simultaneously a political thriller, a personal drama and a true landmark in New Zealand cinema.

  • High Definition (Blu-ray) presentation
  • Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM) and DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtracks
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Commentary by writer-director Roger Donaldson, actor Sam Neill and actor-writer Ian Mune
  • The Making of Sleeping Dogs (2004), a 65-minute retrospective documentary on the film's production featuring interviews with Roger Donaldson, Sam Neill, Ian Mune, Geoff Murphy
  • The Making of Sleeping Dogs (1977), a contemporary behind-the-scenes documentary featuring interviews with Donaldson and Neill
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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