“THE PASSION  OF DARKLY NOON”— The Desire… The Obsession… The Nightmare…


The Desire… The Obsession… The Nightmare…

Amos Lassen

Directed by Mark Kermode and Philip Ridley, we are taken on a surreal incursion into the dark heart of the ‘American dream’ in “The Passion of Darkly Noon.” Darkly Noon (Brendan Fraser) is the sole survivor of a military-style attack on an isolated religious community. While stumbling through a forest in a daze, he is rescued by the free-spirited and enigmatic Callie (Ashley Judd). Darkly finds himself having strange new desires for Callie as she nurses him back to health but then he watches 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 becomes very angry. This is a spellbinding, hallucinogenic dream that is on full display.  in a glittering new transfer of his most formally inventive and electrifying film.

Judd is fully on display: playing a backwoods homesteader who just happens to do most of her chores in microscopic attire. Brendan Fraser is the religious crackpot who develops an obsession with her. Darkly is a handsome young man with a strict religious background, who is found ailing and exhausted in the American Deep South woods and rescued by truck driver Jude (Loren Dean). He takes Darkly to the forest house of sexy young Callie who nurses Darkly back to health.

Upon recovering, Darkly’s rising passion is troubled by his upbringing, the death of his strictly religious parents, his own strict beliefs and the fact that Callie is already involved with Clay (Viggo Mortensen), currently away in the forest. Nevertheless, Darkly develops a sexual obsession for Callie. So, when Clay returns and Darkly sees the two lovers kiss and hears them making love, he becomes quite mad. I just cannot say anymore without ruining the plot.

Bonus Materials

  • New 2K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negative, approved by Philip Ridley
  • High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
  • 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

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