Bliss 1985
Harry Joy (Barry Otto) runs an ad agency and leads an apparently happy life with wife and two children. A heart attack fells him during a family gathering, and he’s dead for four minutes. When he is revived, he realises he's living in hell...
That's because everything seems to have changed. His wife Bettina (Lynette Curran) is having an affair with his business partner Joel (Jeff Truman), his son David (Miles Buchanan) sells cocaine, his daughter (Gia Carides) is an addict who gives her brother sexual favors to get free dope and Harry’s advertising agency promotes products that cause cancer. Harry decides to be good when he meets Honey Barbara (Helen Jones), a north coast hippie who dabbles in prostitution. He follows her to her commune in the forest and begins the long process of earning her trust, and his own redemption...

DVD9 + DVD5 | PAL 16:9 | 02:09:44 + 01:47:05 | 7.32 Gb + 4.20 Gb
Language: English, English descriptive audio track
Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama

Director: Ray Lawrence
Cast: Barry Otto, Lynette Curran, Helen Jones
Country: Australia

This 2-disc Special Collector's Edition edition of Bliss contains both versions of the film: the director's cut (the one which played at Cannes) on Disc 1, a DVD-9, and the shorter theatrical release version on Disc 2, a DVD-5.

The scenes that were either trimmed or removed for the original theatrical version are not vital to the telling of the story. However, these scenes are included in the Director's Cut of Bliss:

-- Scene with David meeting Honey Barbara in the kitchen
-- Extension of the scene with Harry at the Police Station
-- Extension of the scene of Alex and Harry at the office
-- Extension of the drunk Alex scene
-- Scene of Alex's "vision splendid" story
-- Joel's self explosion scene
-- Scene of Honey Barbara, Lucy and Ken discussing food

-- Audio Commentary by writer/director Ray Lawrence & producer Anthony Buckley
-- Biography - Peter Carey
-- Filmographies
-- Script To Screen Comparison (4:03)
-- AFTRS Short Film - The Door (18:59)
This short film is directed and co-written by Josephine Keys and features the actors Barry Otto, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Inge Hanstra and Ivan Zuvela. It's a drama about a teenage girl and her emotional struggle after the divorce of her parents. Life with her strict and overly thrifty stepfather is impossible and although she loves her mother very much, their relationship is pushed to the limits as a consequence.

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