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Lord Of The Flies [1963] [DVD]

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  • Actors: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Roger Elwin, Tom Gaman, Hugh Edwards
  • Directors: Peter Brook
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight Films Ltd.
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2007
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RGUN4K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Following a plane crash a group of schoolboys find themsleves on a deserted island. They appoint a leader and attempt to create an organised society for the sake of their survival. Democracy and order soon begin to crumble when a breakaway faction forms and quickly regresses to brutal savagery with horrifying consequences. Peter Brook s classic adaptation of William Golding s novel has lost none of the impact it made when given an X certificate on its 1963 release. Shot with a raw style, the film has a chilling air of realism and still retains the power to shock.

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In this classic 1963 adaptation of William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies, a planeload of schoolboys are stranded on a tropical island. They've got food and water; all that's left is to govern themselves peacefully until they are rescued. "After all", says choir leader Jack, "We're English. We're the best in the world at everything!" Unfortunately, living peacefully is not as easy as it seems. Though Ralph is named chief, Jack and the choristers quickly form a clique of their own, using the ever-effective political promise of fun rather than responsibility to draw converts. Director Peter Brook draws some excellent performances out of his young cast: the moment when Ralph realises that even if he blows the conch for a meeting people might not come is an excruciating one. Well acted and faithfully executed, Lord of the Flies is as compelling today as when first released. --Ali Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
The Lord of the Flies Criterion Collection DVD, which does not have any region encoding, is excellent. The picture quality is sharp and the sound clear, but it is the extras with the 1963 film that make this version so special. Listening to William Golding reading excerpts from the book and offering his comments (recorded in 1976) is a real insight both into the story and his thoughts. Also, hearing Peter Brook and his principal crew talk (in 1993) about the making of the film is fascinating. We are also told how an initial cut of over 4 hours was produced but, unsurprisingly, had to be severely edited. As I understand, the version presented at the Cannes Film Festival was about 100 minutes long, but this had to be reduced to 90 minutes so that it would be acceptable to a distributor; it is this version that is presented on the Criterion DVD. The final cutting from 100 to 90 minutes must have been devastating for Peter Brook when his whole intention in making the film as an independent production was to have control over his work. Perhaps he considered a Director's Cut for this edition, perhaps he thought it best to now leave the released version alone. Fortunately, some - although I would have liked to seen more - of this very poignant material that was deleted from the final version is included on the DVD. Overall Criterion is to be congratulated on their release, which - for anyone interested in the themes of civilization and the potential evil within it - has provided most valuable and additional perspectives to both the novel and the original film.
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Lord of the Flies has to be one of the most surprising and horrifying films every created. For someone who has not yet read the book, but is on the verge of buying it, I must say that this disturbing classic is excellent. I'm 13, and I know very few of my friends would appreciate a black and white film, but I reccomend it. When a plane crash lands and children are left bewildered and scared on a deserted, a tribe is formed, the leader being a boy named Ralph. But there are rifts in the congregation of survivors, and manipulative choir boy named Jack seizes the lead. Things then go downhill- fighting, murder, fear- but at the end there is a great twist... A compelling film and definitely worth a see. A good film which experiments with greed, diplomacy and much more.
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im 15 years old and my english group has read the book and both film interpritaations and i must say this was by far the best film. unlike the american version which lacked much detail, this version is very accurate to the book and you can follow many of the scenes with the book itself. although its 40 years old and black and white the scene were very clear and it was very easy to pick up who characters were. so if somebody has read the book and wants to watch a film. i recomend this one.
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Peter Brook did an excellent job in coverting William Golding's Lord of the Flies. All of the events that occured in the book occured in exactly the same way in the film.
Written at a time of post war, Golding understood the implications of future wars. A group of boys, spanning all the ages, from the littleuns to the biguns, are set to survive on a paradise island. There is a large supply of fruit, clean water and the weather suited them perfectly. An evil battle for leadership turns into a battle for survival. Simon realises the truth and is unable to share it with the ignorant tribes. The reality figure is destroyed by the savages and all have to come to terms with there changing way of life. Beauty, Tension, Fear and Death are portrayed by Golding. The Lord of the Flies ~ a horrific and beautiful story, true in every way.
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A truly stark and moving portrayal of the loss of innocence and the failing values of civilisation. Shot in bleak black-and-white for added effect - it actually works. Taking into consideration the time the film was made, the director took a massive chance with this one, and succeeded in bringing Golding's fable to life. You can feel the childishness of the boys at the start of the film, and the intense savagery at the end, before, almost with a bang, the whole thing shifts all over again... Wonderful. A truly marvellous experience.
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Worthy restoration edition of this mostly forgotten film, with extras and director commentary. There's a whole generation who have never read the book or seen the film, unless it's on their GCSE topics list. Look around and see what's happening in inner cities today and you realise that this film is more relevant now than when it came out in '63. Don't blame the production team for the choppy editing or limited character development; that was the fault of the distributors who wanted a 90 minute film, not the two hours the director intended. It would be impossible to make a film as close as this to the book now. Don't even look at the '93 remake, its hopeless.
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LORD OF THE FLIES
This is one of those rarest of rare birds: a film that is totally faithful to the novel upon which it is based.
During his lifetime, William Golding was ever protective of his greatest creation. When it came to making a film of 'Lord of the Flies' some of the greatest screen writers and playwrights of the day had a go at producing a script for it - all of them being turned down by Golding himself. Finally, it was decided to attempt the film as a sort of Drama Workshop. Thus it was that 30+ boys, plus director Peter Brook, a film crew and the regulation chaperones found themselves living in a bunk house, which had been an old canning factory, on the island of Vieques off Puerto Rico, with little more than copies of the novel and an outline of the idea and the limitation of the school holidays in which to make the film.
The result defies belief. This is a masterpiece of Youth Drama, years ahead of its time. Even today, 40 years on, it is still staggering in its truth and clarity. The powerful imagery, chilling in its simplicity, far transcends anything which could be achieved with present day digital trickery. Not for this film the obvious blood and guts of action horror; here we have the most unspeakable acts made far more terrifying by their very understatement. (Simon's death must be one of the foulest acts ever filmed - but then, in reality, it was not - it is all in the imagination of the viewer and becomes far more terrible than any actual depction of the act of ritualistic murder could ever be!).
When the great day of reckoning comes, this film will stand head and shoulders above all other film adaptations of novels.
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