Last Ride DVD ‘Unboxing’

November 7th, 2009 by Glendyn

I’m really happy with the final packaging (and the content) of the DVD release of Last Ride. Madman said yes to all my wishes, and with this release you can see them all come true.
I’ve always wanted to create a DVD that is not only has cool and what I hope are interesting extra features but also a really cool physical package.
I’m very pleased with the book that fits inside the case. It’s 48 pages of photos taken through out the entire process of the film, from initial location scouting, through to a few of my favorite stills from the film. There is also a conversation between Mac Gudgeon and Denis Young about adapting the film from the book, as well as a printed version of my online journal of the 6 week shoot that started this blog over a year ago.
The films commentary was done by me, Cinematographer Greig Fraser and Editor Jack Hutchings. I’ve posted about that here.
There is also Cracker Bag which one the Palme d’Or for short film at Cannes in 2003, another short of mine called The Desert which was nominated for an AFI, I was able to do a commentary on this, as it’s a strange little film that in many way was a test for the shooting of Last Ride. There are ‘Deleted Scenes’, ‘Rehearsal footage’ and whole bunch of other cool stuff.
The 2nd Disc also features Along For The Ride a 55 minute ‘making of’ made by my friends Jono and Tim. I think it’s a really interesting film, but it’s hard for me to look at it, as it’s focused on me most of the time. The only direction I gave the boys while making the film was to not even think about making it a ‘puff piece’. I find the majority of ‘making of’s’ so full of puff and ego, with people sitting around patting each other on the back. This film is kind of the awkward opposite of that. I actually considered at a few points ditching it from the release, as sometimes I think it might not paint the best picture of me or the way I made the film, but it’s not for me to say. Maybe I’m just being overly conscience as I really hate seeing myself on camera, let alone trying to string a sentence together. I’m far more comfortable behind the camera.
A friend saw it the other day and said it was one of the most truthful and revealing films about ‘making a film’. I’m not sure it’s all that, but as I said I find it hard to have an opinion on it. I hope people like it though. Jono and Tim worked really hard for along time for no money and I really appreciate all their time and effort.
So along with the film, which I think looks better in this digital transfer than the print, I hope we have created something that people will consider value for money and worth purchasing.
It should be available now in most (Australian) shops like JB Hi-Fi, Readings, KMart etc. And for rent in Video Ezy, Blockbuster etc, if it’s not, ask for it. Or you can buy it online via Madman.
If it wasn’t mine, I know I would be really keen to get my hands on it : )

6 Responses to “Last Ride DVD ‘Unboxing’”

  1. Michael Says:

    Hi Mr. Ivin.
    Sorry if you get asked this often, but will LAST RIDE get a theatrical opportunity in America?

    I live in new york and have been hoping for it since I saw the trailer and sought out some of your (and Greig Fraser's!) tremendous commercial and short fiction works. Honestly, very inspiring stuff.

    Also, I'm very curious why you prefer the digital transfer to the film print. I was hoping to meet the film in print form, but I'd like to hear your thoughts the transfer.

    Thanks for your time, and keep up the fine work!

    Mike

  2. Borja Usieto Says:

    Hi!

    I’m from Spain. I’ve just seen the film and I have to say it’s icredible.

    I wanna know if the DVD has Spanish subtitles, because I’m interested in buy it but my english level is not enough for enjoy all the DVD stuff without subs.

    Thank you and congratulation for the great great film.

  3. Glendyn Says:

    Hi Mike,

    Apologies I have not replied to your message. I thought I had…

    I would so love Last Ride to have a theatrical release in the US. But it doesn’t look happening just yet. It’s currently a very hard market for a small film like Last Ride. There are so many good films that never see a theatrical release. It’s depressing if I think bout to much. I’m hoping you find another way to see the film. (If you want a buy a copy it’s available on DVD via Madman.com.au )

    Also as much as I love film prints. The digital projection of the film, and indeed the transfer, feels more true to the way we graded the film. Prints are heavy and expensive and everytime they are run get more dust and scratches. Digital distribution and good digital projection in cinemas is the way to go IMO.

    thanks,

    g

  4. Damien Says:

    Hi,

    I wished to point in the direction of the blu-ray release Last Ride got in Germany. I thought the transfer was fine and there definitely was a high definition look to it (for instance my favorite sequence shot in lake Gairdell).

    Unfortunately it is bonus free and the upgrade in the picture can be the only motivation to buy this disc. So I will also order the australian dvd as I always listen to audio commentaries.

    Take care,
    D.

  5. Glendyn Says:

    Hi Damien, Yes it’s strange that the extras are not included in different territories. All the content is just sitting there. I hope you like the extras if you do get the Aus version. Thanks. Glendyn

  6. Damien Says:

    Hello again,

    I did order the DVD and will definitely leave a note about my thoughts.

    So far, the more I watch the lake Gairdner shots, the more I wonder if nature has already been shot this way. The difficult part for the viewer is to know what the real landscape looks like. For instance Monument Valley looks admirable in John Ford’s The Searchers, but it is far more impressive to just go there and be part of it. In Last Ride, I get the feeling the shots have captured something which you cannot be sure to find by yourself (the surreal layer of water, the effect the wind has on it, the ghostly appearance), plus the fact that this lake does not seem to look that way most of the time (being dry?)

    There are also these editing choices: they arrive at the lake and Chook has his moment of truth through the flash-back about Max, as if the lake was the magic place that lets people know about themselves (which is a fairy tale idea, like the mirror in The Neverending Story, and the lake looks like a mirror).

    So many other things to add, like the camel that Chook first sees as a little wooden sculpture, a photograph and finally an animal but seen through the windshield of the car. First, art and civilisation, second, nature, an idea you find also in Roeg’s Walkabout. Nature does not exist, only what you make of it.

    Too bad also that the book is out of print in the US or in Europe, I will have to dig for it.

    Bye for now,
    Damien

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