Coming Home in the Dark

Coming Home in the Dark - 2021

Coming Home/Light in the Dark Productions - 93 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9344256023538(AU/NZ); 0030306833590(US/CA) 4042564218893(DE)

Blu-ray UPC/EAN # 9344256023651(AU/NZ); 0030306225098(US/CA)

4042564218916(DE-2disc); 4042564218909(DE - BD only)

Principal Cast: Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Miriama McDowell, Matthias Luafutu, Billy Paratene, Frankie Paratene Screenplay: James Ashcroft, Eli Kent based upon the Owen Marshall short story; Cinematography: Matt Henley; Editor: Annie Collins; Music: John Gibson; Make-up Design: Michele Perry; Costume Design: Gabrielle Stevenson; Sound Design: John McKay; Production Design: Philip Gibson, Kate Logan; Producers: Desray Armstrong, Catherine Fitzgerald, Mike Minogue; Director: James Ashcroft.

A family's idyllic outing descends into terror when high school teacher Alan "Hoaggie" Hoaganraad, his wife Jill and stepsons Maika and Jordon go exploring an isolated coastline. But an unexpected meeting with a pair of murderous drifters thrusts the family into a nightmare road trip where they find themselves captured by the enigmatic psychopath Mandrake and his hulking man-child accomplice Tubs. At first the family's terror seems to be born of a random encounter with two sociopaths who seem intent on god only knows what. But as the night drags on Hoaggie and Jill realize that this nightmare has been set in motion 20 years earlier; and as they approach their mysterious final destination Mandrake reveals the horrible secret driving his actions leaving Hoaggie to face a questionable past before the sun rises. Filmed in the Greater Wellington Region.

Censor Rating: R16 - Review Rating: B-

Coming Home in the Dark Trailer
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All Regions DVD and Blu-ray discs were released in Australia starting 03 November 2021, and New Zealand starting 15 December 2021. US & Canadian disc releases started 09 November, 2021. It is presented 2.40:1 with spoken English. As of 30 August, there is no information about subtitles or extras on the NZ/AU discs. The US discs have optional English subtitles for the feature. The extras include a film's trailer (2min) and a 'Behind the Scenes'(13min.) There are also 5 forced front-loaded unrelated trailers. The US Blu-ray has spoken English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA and 2.0 PCM Lossless soundtrack options. There are also Blu-ray and DVD releases in the UK with English subtitle options.
A German 2-disc (Blu-ray + DVD) offering has both spoken English and spoken German as well as optional German subtitles in DTS-HD MA 5.1. Extras include a 24 page booklet, a "Making of" short and trailer. There are also German releases on solo Blu-ray and solo DVD packages, but they do not contain the extras.

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2021 - Molins Film Festival - Filmin Prize - Best Actress [Miriama McDowell], Best Director [James Ashcroft], Best Script [James Ashcroft & Eli Kent] Molins Film Festival - Best Actor [Daniel Gillies]

2021 - New Zealand Cinematographers Society - Bronze Award [Matt Henley]

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