The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Philip Ridley
Starring: Brendan Fraser, Ashley Judd, Viggo Mortensen
RATED: UR/REGION A/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video

Darkly Noon (Brendan Fraser) is the sole survivor of a military-style attack on an isolated religious community. Stumbling through a forest in a daze, he is rescued by the free-spirited and enigmatic Callie (Ashley Judd). Darkly finds himself feeling strange new desires for Callie as she nurses him back to health… only to watch her jump into the arms of her returning mute lover Clay (Viggo Mortensen). Lost in the woods with only his fundamentalist upbringing to make sense of his unrequited passions, Darkly soon descends into an explosive and lethal rage.

The Passion of Darkly Noon is a bit of an artsy film or at least that’s how I’d describe it. You can tell from the way the movie is shot and the tone that this is a movie that looks to have a lot more going on than even what meets the eye in spots. Regardless, we see a man that we’ll soon know as Darkly Noon stumble out of the woods and be taken to a local house where he’s nursed back to heath by a character named Callie played by Ashley Jude. Darkly falls in love with her but she’s in love with someone else and when this gets to a clearly unstable Darkly this leads to all sorts of odd things and a big finish. I like the last act of this one but the road to the finish is a bit of a slow one at times and I did want things to move along a bit quicker in spots.

But I do think this one looked pretty cool even if it wasn’t my cup of tea in general. The man behind the camera knew what he wanted here and the results are a movie that stands out in the looks department even if it lacks in a few other areas for me. Like I said before, the last part of the film is pretty hectic and tense. That is where this one makes the build worth it but sadly I did have spots where things were either too weird or too slow along the way there. This comes to us from Arrow Video and has some pretty cool extras as well. You’ll find them listed below, but just know that it might take someone who is a bit soft on the artsy side of things to truly appreciate something like this one here right.

Extras

  • New 2K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negative, approved by Philip Ridley
  • Original 5.1 and 2.0 DTS-HD MA audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • New audio commentary by writer/director Philip Ridley
  • Isolated score track in lossless stereo, including never-before-heard extended and unused cues, and the two songs from the film
  • Sharp Cuts, a newly filmed interview with editor Leslie Healey
  • Forest Songs, a newly filmed interview with composer Nick Bicât
  • Dreaming Darkly, an archive featurette from 2015 featuring interviews with Ridley, Bicât and star Viggo Mortensen
  • Previously unreleased demos of the music score, written and performed by Bicât before filming started
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring new and original artwork
  • First pressing only: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring a new Philip Ridley career retrospective written by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Quality of Transfer: 93%

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