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. SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES � New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by cameraman and editor Gerald Feil, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition � Audio commentary featuring director Peter Brook, producer Lewis Allen, director of photography Tom Hollyman, and Feil � Audio recordings of William Golding reading from his novel Lord of the Flies, accompanied by the corresponding scenes from the film � Deleted scene, with optional commentary and reading by Golding � Interview with Brook from 2008 � Collection of behind-the-scenes material, featuring home movies, screen tests, outtakes, and stills � New interview with Feil � Excerpt from Feil�s 1972 documentary The Empty Space, showcasing Brook�s theater methods � Something Queer in the Warehouse, a piece composed of never-before-seen footage shot by the boy actors during production, with new voice-over by Tom Gaman, who played Simon � Trailer � PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab and an excerpt from Brook�s book The Shifting Point
In this classic 1963 adaptation of William Golding's novel, a planeload of schoolboys is stranded on a tropical island. They've got food and water; all that's left is to peacefully govern themselves until they're 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 realizes 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
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