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  • Actors: Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpill
  • Directors: Nicolas Roeg
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Director's Cut, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CP2AO4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,046 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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While out on a picnic in the Australian outback with his teenage daughter (Jenny Agutter) and young son (Lucien John), a man goes insane and kills himself. The girl takes her brother into the outback in order that he doesn't see their father's dead body. There they meet a young Aborigine (David Gumpilil) who is on walkabout - a rites of passage ritual whereby he must survive in the wilderness for several weeks. He finds food and water for the siblings, and develops a form of communication with the young boy despite being unable to speak English. The girl, however, rebuffs the mating dance which the Aborigine performs in her honour.

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Very few films achieve subliminal greatness with cross-cultural impact, but Walkabout is one of those films--a visual tone poem that functions more as an allegory than a conventionally plotted adventure. Considered a cult favourite for years, Nicolas Roeg's 1971 film centres upon two British children who are rescued in the Australian outback by a young aborigine. Through exquisite cinematography and a story of subtle human complexity, the film continues to resonate on many thematic and artistic levels. Just as Roeg intended, it is a cautionary morality tale in which the limitations and restrictions of civilisation become painfully clear when the two children (played by Jenny Agutter and Roeg's young son, Lucien John) cannot survive without the aborigine's assistance. They become primitives themselves, if only temporarily, while the young aborigine proves ultimately and tragically unable to join the "family" of civilisation. With its story of two worlds colliding, Walkabout now seems like a film for the ages, hypnotic and open to several compelling levels of interpretation. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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Format: VHS Tape
Nicholas Roeg's second film as director, Walkabout, is truly the most beautiful and incredible film I have ever seen (although I say this at the tender age of fourteen)! It tells the story of a father taking his two children, nineteen-year-old Jenny Agutter and six-year-old brother Lucien Roeg (the director's real-life son), on a picnic deep in the Australian outback, where he suddenly commits suicide and leaves them to fend for themselves. They make their way, bewildered and lost, through the hot, dry desert, having no contact with the outside world and fast running out of food and water, before encountering a teenage Aboriginal boy out on his test of endurance, a 'walkabout'. This walkabout, where a boy leaves the tribe and survives on his own for months, is part of his passage into manhood, and is a part of every Aboriginal boy's life. Having befriended the boy, the white children learn more of how to survive in the outback, while there is growing sexual chemistry in the relationship between the girl and the Aborigine. I won't spoil the rest of the film!
Nicholas Roeg's direction and camerawork are simply beautiful. He films wildlife in close-up, sometimes grainy images, and inserts surreal flashback sequences and comparisons between the Aboriginal and Western worlds. The film shows how prim, English Jenny Agutter becomes gradually more dishevelled and natural as she adapts, and the crucial turning point is when she swims naked in a pool. Her relationship with the Aborigine, which has to overcome poignant difficulties such as the language barrier and culture clash, is touchingly shown.
The acting is superb, making the story believable and moving. I was captivated from start to finish. The score, by John Barry, is perfect and atmospheric.
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Format: DVD
This is one of the most beautiful, original and intriguing films of the last 50 years, and has for a very long time been among my favourites. Nic Roeg is the equal of any director (even David Lean) when it comes to sumptuous camera work (he was a cinematographer before he became a director), and when combined with his imaginative direction and storytelling, as here, the product is unique and breathtaking. Perfectly acted by the young Jenny Agutter accompanied by Roeg's own son Luc (billed as Lucien John) and David Gumpilil, I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone who enjoys cinema as art.
It is therefore a matter of great regret that when reissuing the DVD last year, UCA did not see fit to provide us with anything better than a copy of the original release: the DVD is apparently still not anamorphic, only letterbox, the quality of the transfer is merely adequate (hardly better than the old VHS tape) and the extras are laughably basic. When there exists a German anamorphic PAL version, and the Criterion Collection edition released in the US (also non-anamorphic, sadly) has a Roeg+Agutter commentary, it is sad that the country of the film's origin cannot boast a DVD release worthy of such a classic film. Owning, as I do, the original DVD in its jewel-box case (remember those?), I shall not be buying this reissue, but will wait and hope for a future release that does justice to this beautiful film.
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Format: Blu-ray
Nicolas Roeg's 1971 masterpiece Walkabout ia one of those films at that can be viewed on many different levels at many different times and never feels dated. The material is timeless and the film has the power to remain with you long after viewing it.

The concept of the film is quite simple. Two children a six year old boy (Lucien John) and his sixteen year old sister (jenny Agutter) are left to fend for themselves in the harsh Australian outback after the suicide of their father in the desert. After several days of trying to survive they meet a young aboriginal boy (David Gumpilil) on his walkabout (the tribal journey in the desert that serves as an initiation to manhood) who helps them to find the way back to civilization.

Even though the plot is simple the ideas are not. The film is a meditation on the primitive versus the modern. It explores societal expectations like few films before or sense and it takes on the clash of cultures as well. Beyond this Walkabout is a coming of age story for both its male and female protagonists.

Roeg was a cinematographer long before he became a director and his attention to detail comes across quite clearly in this film. There are moments when the film takes on the magic and mystery of a painting and the film's detail to landscapes is truly amazing.In addition to the photography the score by John Barry is well integrated into the structure of the film and continues the contrast between the old and the new.

The Criterion Collection Blu Ray is well worth the purchase price as it presents the film in a format that is better than most viewers originally saw it in the cinema. If there is a problem it may be that the audio is not as crisp as one would like but this is really only a minor problem.
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Walkabout is an unusual film in that it has both an intriguing story, thought provoking and good wide-angle shots of the outback flora, fauna and landscape . A little dated in that the I hope things have now improved between the indigenous Australian people (aborigines) and the 'recent' white visitors. Films of this nature and time period (mid-late 20th century) do remind the viewer of the ingrained fear and prodigiousness of the recent past . This mistrust surfaces when the aborigine boy meets the two abandoned children (abandoned by there father - reasons unknown) and no-doubt saving ultimately their lives by providing food and water (both physically and by training the two to find food and water for themselves) in addition to leading them to safety. The fear/mistrust surfaces on multiple occasions throughout the film. Some of these reasons for mistrust are explained and some unexplained. Whilst on other occasions this mistrust appears to be (on the surface) non-existent as the language barrier/communication improves after the passage of time. This distrust is predominantly between the aborigine (currently on the male-right of passage trek in the wilderness ) and the girl, with the younger boy just being interested and friendly. In fact acting as the bridge in communication on multiple occasions. This film also leaves the viewer with some unknowns, specifically in what happens off camera (if anything) between the older two members of the trio (Aborigine and the Girl). Is there some attraction/ perhaps general curiosity between the two sexes/ teenagers? with the added complication of the two individuals coming from two separated worlds/ limited communication and unusual stressful scenario.Read more ›
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