Walkabout

Walkabout

Blu-ray Disc - 2010 | Blu-ray special edition, widescreen edition.
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A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to exist in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece. Along the way, they met a young aborigine on his 'walkabout, ' a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, [2010]
Edition: Blu-ray special edition, widescreen edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781604652758
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray WAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (100 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet.
digital, optical, mono
video file, Blu-ray, Region A, rda

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kuhwass
Dec 08, 2018

Critics may love but we only watched first half. Groan. Not worth the wait.

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RoyalJellyIII
Nov 25, 2018

Nicolas Roeg creates in Walkabout a world of his own, a microcosmos that is at once beautiful, primitive, wild, familiar yet unfamiliar, thoughtful, and thought provoking.

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Calvacade
Nov 24, 2018

Mesmerizing and deeply intellectual example of pure cinema. The haunting story of two city youths lost in the Australian outback after an eventful picnic and their encounter and relationship with an Aboriginal boy, himself on a life or death quest, is starkly told in an extremely visual fractured narrative with tremendous intelligence. The strong reliance on images draws out the brilliance of the film's unparalleled exploration of of it's themes of communication breakdown, human nature, and an objective view of two civilizations -subjects film usually treats subjectively. Cinematographer turned director Nicolas Roeg composes extraordinary scenes of nature photography of the unforgiving desert with fades and dissolve edits to capture the cerebral timelessness of a journey through memories and daydreams, and a meditation on beauty in a completely merciless environment. The symmetrical structure of the film accentuates the symmetry the two cultures, ancient and modern, and how the two mirror and contrast one another, is superbly done. A fascinating blend of brutal nature documentary and art-house cinema with a memorable setting, memorable nameless characters, and a sweeping score by John Barry (contrasting the didgeridoo sounds and transistor radio's pop music) punctuates this as cinematic poetry.

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richmole
Nov 24, 2018

Think back. Even if you're only an occasional movie-watcher, you'll likely recall a movie or two that you've never forgotten. Maybe because of the movie itself, or the time/place in which you first saw it or, sometimes, the AGE at which you saw it. It's a movie that is lodged in your memory forever. Call it: "Impact."

This is one of maybe a couple of dozen movies that truly made a personal impact on me.

I can still sense the silence of the outback...and the estrangement in that final shot of the cityscape. I can still see some scenes in my mind, decades after I last saw this incredible movie.

Once seen, Nicholas Roeg's film (like another of my personal "Impact" movies: The Man Who Fell To Earth) is one you won't forget.

One of the greatest movies of all time. WALKABOUT deals with the big themes: civilization vs. nature; woman vs. man; eros vs. thanatos. I saw this movie when it was first released. I was six or seven years old, the age of the little brother in the film. My parents took me and my sisters to the theater with them. I can still remember what it felt like to see it. It was as if the world had been flung wide open and the future was intersecting with the present. I realize now that WALKABOUT was an evanescent point in history when the cultural-revolutionary wave of the 1960s slammed into the mass consumer market. For a brief period of time you had Hollywood investing in auteurs like Roeg and screening their works all across the United States. If you want to be astonished by pure athleticism, check out David Gulpilil's performance. If you want to be stunned by pure beauty/sensuality, behold teenage Jenny Agutter's performance. A sexier couple has never appeared on film!

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VonHafenstaaad
Aug 11, 2017

For the most part, Walkabout is an involving, occasionally hypnotic, motion picture.

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cjnorthern555
Aug 03, 2017

I found this to be a very strange and depressing movie.

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KatherineHere
Aug 04, 2016

Great movie. Not for children, tho.

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firefly5
Mar 31, 2016

I found this movie to be unbelievable and strange. Did not even watch all of the first disk. Would not recommend this. After reading some of the comments all I can say is that's why we have different movies. Good for some, not so good for others.

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Byronical
Sep 07, 2014

Saw it on t.v. When I was 9 or 10. Wild. Really Drew me in & imprinted. Yes, hauntingly beautiful. But as it's almost two generations since made it now stands as an amazing document on Aborigine life skills which will prove invaluable for guiding future young people on the journey to their past.

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

Stranded in the Australian desert, an English girl and her small brother are rescued by an aborigine boy who has journeyed into the outback on his "walkabout"--a tribal initiation into manhood.
Jenny Agutter, Lucien John [i.e, Luc Roeg], David Gumpilil [i.e., Gulpilil], John Meillon

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 27, 2013

Sexual Content: Several scenes of nudity but all very tastefully done.

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