16 June 2024

BFI Giving John Hillcoat’s The Proposition 4K Upgrade

Another fantastic  under appreciated  film getting a 4K UHD restoration from BFI, neo western The Proposition. From director John Hillcoat (The Road, Triple 9) and writer Nick Cave’s Australian Western, a modern classic, coming to 4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital in March.

The double Blu-ray has been produced in close collaboration with John Hillcoat and cinematographer Benoit Delhomme. Among an array of special features on both is a newly recorded conversation between John Hillcoat and Nick Cave and an 80-page book.

In the unforgiving landscape of the Outback, Charlie Burns (Guy Pearce) is presented with an impossible proposition by local lawman Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone): to save his younger brother Mikey from the noose, he must track down and kill Arthur (Danny Huston), his increasingly unhinged older sibling. A palpable sense of foreboding builds in the oppressive heat, as each character takes on their punishing moral dilemmas and the cycle of violence appears unstoppable.

Special features

  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • NB. Blu-ray only release is presented in High Definition
  • John Hillcoat and Nick Cave in Conversation (2021, 53 mins, audio only): newly recorded conversation between the film’s director and its screenwriter
  • Audio commentary with John Hillcoat and Nick Cave (2006)
  • Audio commentary by critics Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Josh Nelson (2021)
  • The Making of The Proposition (2005, 27 mins): behind-the-scenes documentary
  • Inside the Proposition (2005, 43 mins): a series of featurettes looking at the film’s pre-production
  • Shooting the Proposition (2005, 24 mins): featurettes on the production and the challenges faced during filming
  • B-roll footage (2005, 20 mins): behind-the-scenes footage shot during the making of the film
  • Interview With Guy Pearce (2006, 14 mins): the actor on his approach to the role of Charlie
  • Interview With Danny Huston (2006, 8 mins): the actor recalls his work on the film
  • Stills galleries
  • Original theatrical and teaser trailers
  • 2022 UHD/Blu-ray trailer
  • 80-page book featuring new writing and recollections by John Hillcoat, Cat Villiers, Leah Purcell and Warren Ellis, plus essays by Andrew Graves, Professor Catriona Elder, Dr Stephen Morgan and Adrian Martin

UK, Australia | 2005 | colour | 104 mins | English language, with optional subtitles for the Deaf and partial hearing | original aspect ratio 2.35:1 Disc 1: UHD, 2160p │ Disc 2: BD50, 1080p/576i, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo audio

The film also stars John Hurt, David Wenham, Emily Watson.

The Proposition will be released on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and on iTunes and Amazon Prime on 28th March.

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