“SLEEPING DOGS”— Blu-ray Special Edition


Blu-ray Special Edition

Amos Lassen

“Sleeping Dogs” was the movie that started the New Zealand New Wave. It proves that homegrown feature films could resonate with both local and international audiences. It also launched the big-screen careers of director Roger Donaldson and Sam Neill.

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

Warren Oates is the commander of a US army unit drawn into the conflict. “Sleeping Dogs” is both a political thriller and a personal drama.

We get a bit of insight into New Zealand also and it is interesting to note that this was the first New Zealand film released in the US. The background is of a government trying to stay in power.


High Definition (Blu-ray) presentation

Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)

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, a 65-minute documentary on the film s production featuring interviews with Donaldson, Neill, Mune, Geoff Murphy and others

Theatrical trailer

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Sean Phillips

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Neil Mitchell, a contemporary review by Pauline Kael and the original press book.