The Twelve Months of Summer DVD Review
Recently I bought the new restored DVD of Swedish director Richard Hobert's 1988 sci-fi/horror classic, The Twelve Months of Summer, from www(DOT)ArthouseCinema(DOT)net. Made for Swedish television inThe Twelve Months of Summer became an instant cult classic, but was not shown again since its first run, being only available on bootleg VHS copies. Recently, SVT released an official DVD of the film, completely restoring the picture and audio, as well as the original 16:9 aspect ratio that was cropped to 4:3 for the television screening.
The Twelve Months of Summer details the travails of six construction workers hired to work on a secret government project. They are blindfolded and driven to a secluded location, where, despite being the middle of winter, it is summer weather. Soon the construction workers begin to experience frightening hallucinations as they struggle to discover the mystery behind it all. Hobert's direction is assured and engaging, and he effectively tightens the screws, heightening the suspense until the shattering conclusion. This is far from your ordinary sci-fi horror flick, the script is smart, and the characters well-developed.
Technically the restoration is beautiful. Image and audio are both sparkling, and it is a treat to see this as Hobert originally intended in 16:9 widescreen as opposed to the cropped version available on bootlegs.
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