Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

DVD - 2013 | Two-DVD special edition.
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In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding's legendary novel on the primitivism lurking beneath civilization becomes a film as raw and ragged as the lost boys at its center. Taking an innovative documentary-like approach, Brook shot Lord of The Flies with an off-the-cuff naturalism, seeming to record a spontaneous eruption of its characters' IDs. The result is a rattling masterpiece, as provocative as its source material.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
Edition: Two-DVD special edition.
ISBN: 9781604657548
Branch Call Number: DVD LOR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (90 min.) :,sound, black & white ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet (28 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm)


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Oct 15, 2018

In many ways Peter Brook's "Lord of the Flies" makes quite a disturbing statement about how naive, young boys (when left completely unsupervised by adults) will, literally, turn to absolute savages in no time flat.

Even today, 55 years later - This low-budget production still manages to pack a substantial-sized punch when you seriously consider its story's horrific implications.

Set on a deserted island in the South Pacific - "Lord of the Flies" (filmed in stark b&w) is definitely worth a view.

Apr 17, 2018

This is the Enhanced black and white version of the 1963 movie.

Jan 07, 2017

(*Most memorable movie-quote screamed out in unison by a dozen warring boys*) - "Kill! Kill! Kill!"

(Filmed on a budget of just $250,000) - I would never say that this 1963 film-adaptation of William Golding's novel (of the same name) was great movie-making.....

But, if nothing else - Lord of the Flies certainly did make quite a powerful statement about how quickly innocent children (who are completely isolated from adults) will form their own government and, ultimately, turn to savagery and cold-blooded violence without a second thought.

Filmed entirely in Puerto Rico (but its story was set on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific) - Lord of the Flies (due to its unconventional subject matter) is particularly notable for the ultra-conservative era in film-making history in which it was made.

Competently directed by UK film-maker, Peter Brook - The performances of the 30 boys cast in the film were all, pretty much, improvised. None of these boys were professional actors..... (*Watch movie-trailer*)

Feb 18, 2016

A so-so movie based on the book.

kevfarley Oct 24, 2013

Well worth a second look,.. especially with the 'bonus extras'. Peter Brook maintains that the path to artistic freedom and control for the Director is to have a low budget,.. and he made this masterpiece for $300K !

May 18, 2013

I've seen both, and the 90's version is the better.
If you were born in the last 30-40 years, you'll probably enjoy the colored/remake one much better.
This? Is falsely put as the newer one, it is in fact the 60's (which I already own), not the 90's one.:(

Jun 24, 2012

I'd only been familiar with the 1990 remake previously, completely unaware of this British '63 original. The film is low budget and VERY crude: camera-work; dubbed in audio (dialogue, singing, cheering, applause, etc); 'talent'. The kids were quite obviously mostly non-actors, having a blast just goofing around. Initially, they were somewhat wooden and stiff, but relaxed as the film progressed. But, despite the widespread amateurism, it deserves credit for being first. It translates William Golding's novel, however roughly, to the viewer. I guess they were a little low on cash. (lol)

Jun 07, 2012

bstudent I agree! the old movies rock! :)

Mar 27, 2012

drama-original black and white and very well done both filming and acting. the remake has nothing on this but color.

Jun 12, 2010

A very dark, chilling allegory about the true nature of humans.

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Jun 24, 2012

Ralph: "His name's not Fatty. It's Piggy."

Jun 24, 2012

Jack: "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English! And the English are best at everything!"

Jun 07, 2012

"MY SPECS!"-Hilarious :D

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