Australian Ozploitation classic Stone comes to Bluray via Umbrella Entertainment with a 4K restoration of the directors cut as the second entry of their recently rebranded Ozploitation label.
Having never seen Stone before I didn’t quite know what to expect, but fortunately I actually really enjoyed the film, which really at times feels like a frozen moment of Australian culture, with a load of leather and bikes as you would expect from a bikie film.
First up lets get to the packaging, with the recent reboot of the Ozploitation label, Umbrella have done a load of work to make this really feel like a premium package compared to the previous incarnation of the line.
We are presented with a fairly rigid slipcover with a numbered spine (always appreciated by our shelves!) adorned by the new visual style of the label as a matte border with the inner poster section having a premium gloss finish. A similar setup is present on the spine and rear of the slip with images really standing out with a gloss finish. Under the slip we find a clear white Bluray case with alternative poster art on both the front and back. Opening up the inside we are presented with reversible artwork, the main Bluray disc and in a welcome addition, a soundtrack for the film on CD.
On the technical side, Stone is presented on a single BD-50 in a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC video track sourced from a 4K scan of the original film elements which averages around the 32mbps bitrate, which is plenty for Stone as it has a very soft looking source due to the optics it was filmed on, making for a very authentic lower budget feel to the whole film, glorious chromatic aberrations and all!.
Audio wise we get a single DTS-HD 2.0 track that does a great job as well as English subtitles, which is always appreciated.
This being part of the rebooted “premium” label means we are treated to a plethora of special features including; TARANTINO ON STONE, THE MAKING OF STONE (1974), DELETED & EXTENDED SCENES, STONE FOREVER (1999) and extended interviews from NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD.
In the end what umbrella have put out here is a must have package that both looks great in the collection and has the content to match, definitely a recommended release!
You can purchase STONE over at Umbrella’s website: https://shop.umbrellaent.com.au/products/stone-1974-blu-ray-ozploitation-classics