The Returning DVD

Returning, The - 1990

Echo Pictures - 98 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 8432593001768

Cast: Phillip Gordon, Alison Routledge, Max Cullen, Jim Moriarty, John Ewart, Grant Tilly, Jenny Ryken.
Crew: Screenplay: Arthur Baysting, John Day (based upon an original story by Simon Willisson); Photography: Kevin Hayward; Editor: Simon Clothier; Music: Clive Cockburn; Producer: Trishia Downie; Director: John Day.

A successful city lawyer abandons his practice and heads out to the country. There he comes upon a stately, but neglected, homestead. He moves in, and during his first night a beautiful ghostly woman makes love to him, in his sleep. Soon his dreams become more engrossing than his everyday world and girlfriend. Gradually he unravels the tragedy of his spirit lovers' past. To respond to her call, he needs to embrace the hearafter. This photographically beautiful story was mostly filmed in the Otago countryside around Tapanui.

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: B

The Returning
Official MP4 Trailer


Although vhs pal versions exist, as of January 2011, there are no known reseller sources.

As of 25 November 2007 - An R0 PAL DVD became available from Spanish sources. It is presented in is original 1.66:1 format with its original 2.0 dolby digital English soundtrack, plus a 5.1 Spanish track and optional Spanish subtitles. Additionally there is Spanish text, cast, crew and film synopsis. It usually is selling for under 15eur for new copies.
This Spanish version with the original English, goes by the title, 'El Retorno' and copies occationally show up at

Starting 20 June 2011, a PAL R0 version was released in New Zealand. This bare-bones issue was selling from NZ suppliers for about $15nz, but as of February 2015 it seems to be OOP.

If you reside in New Zealand, you can rent it from Aro Video, who will ship countrywide.


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Reviews at

Richard Scheib's Review at Moria

Metro's John Parker review in OnFilm magazine - March 1991

OnFilm's Patrick Smith Review - March 1991


North & South Review by Brian McDonnell - March 1991 - For details or copies contact Kakapo Books


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