Snapshot (1979) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Simon Wincher
Starring: Sigrid Thornton, Chantal Contouri, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Rated: UR/Region: O/2:35/1080p/Number of disc: 2
Available from Vinegar Syndrome
Angela (Sigrid Thornton) is a young hair-dresser having a hard time making ends meet. Looking for a fast way to earn some extra money, she accepts a job working as a model. Soon, however, she gets the feeling that someone is watching her; following her…stalking her. Is it her deranged ice cream truck driving ex-boyfriend? A psychotic admirer? Or someone more sinister… As Angela delves further into her new and sordid lifestyle, she finds herself growing closer and closer to the deadly truth.
The Day After Halloween was originally titled Snapshot and that is a much more appropriate title than the one given for its American release to cash in on Halloween. Thankfully, Vinegar Syndrome has brought to us with the better titles but also includes the retitle on the reverse side if you just feel weird to call it by what it was meant to be called. While the film has us follow a very likable and interesting character who interacts with many interesting and shady characters, we will find the horror side of things is a bit lacking and not worthy of a title such as The Day After Halloween. If you take out the cryptic start of the film that technically starts at the last scene then goes back, nothing much happens in this film until around the 47 minutes mark. That in its self is a little disappointing but the film isn’t without its good points as well.
While you and I probably purchased this film looking for something a little more horror filled, the story the film presents isn’t a bad one. It is very interesting watching our new model go out into the world and try to live her dreams. For what it’s worth the character does have a very awkward love life filled with the unwanted affection of an older gentleman, an even older gentleman, and her best friend who seems to be a lesbian. So it would certainly appear that the only thing really missing is some actual horror to this film. If you want a true horror story this one will be lacking for you. However, if you just want a pretty neat story on a likable character you’ll be more forgiving. It also comes to us looking great as you’d expect from a Vinegar Syndrome release. It packs all the extras from the older Scorpion Releasing DVD and then some!
The first 1,000 copies sold through VinegarSyndrome.com will include a double-thick limited edition slipcover designed by Speed Blur. If you see this message and you order the release, you’ll get the limited slipcover.
– Region free Blu-ray/DVD combo pack
– Newly scanned and restored in 2k from the 35mm original camera negative
– Commentary track with: Simon Wincer (director), Tony Ginnane (producer), Sigrid Thornton (lead actress), Vincent Monton (cinematographer)
– Alternate feature length Australian cut
– “Producing SNAPSHOT” – interview with Tony Ginnane
– “Not Quite Hollywood – Interviews” – extended interviews from the NQH documentary
– Multiple tv spots
– Behind-the-scenes still gallery
– Original cover artwork by Speed Blur
– Reversible cover artwork
– English SDH Subtitles
Quality of Transfer: 90%