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The Lord of the Flies (Widescreen)

Balthazar Getty , Chris Furrh , Harry Hook    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Harry Hook's adaptation is not as faithful to the William Golding novel as you'd wish (they excised the Lord of the Flies dialogue with Simon!) and because of it, the movie is less allegorical and less resonant. A group of young men from a military academy are stranded on an island. The group quickly becomes fractious with a passive section led by Ralph, trying to get rescued, and a hunter faction, led by Jack, trying to procure meat and "have fun." Peter Brook's 1963 filming seemed to get closer to the Darwinist sense of this cultural disintegration. Here, the hunter faction seems more like Peter Pan's Lost Boys than the bloodthirsty murderers they are. The performances, particularly young Getty, don't quite carry the weight of the situation. It's still, however, sobering to slowly watch the school uniforms traded for war paint, and the little boys turn into little savages. --Keith Simanton

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LORD OF THE FLIES


Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 0000-00-00
Media Type: DVD

SKU:GMDB2221949

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1.0 out of 5 stars based on... what? Aug. 18 2012
Format:DVD
This movie purports to be based on William Golding's Lord of the Flies, a great piece of literature. The makers of this movie must have figured that "based on" meant it would be a good idea to depart from the novel at almost every point it they got it into their heads to do so, with or without (and in their case without) any good reason. In every case it is for the worse, and the final result is a travestry. If you want to see how it should have been done, just watch Peter Hall's black and white version. With a version like that around anyone has to be either very good or very stupid to attempt compete. I leave it to the reader to guess to which category the makers of this movie belong.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Bugged Me To Death- Feb. 28 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The movie of Lord Of The Flies was a cheap interpretation of the novel by William Golding. Harry Hook's idea on what some pieces of the novel were that some had no significance. When in fact they had other meanings and which showed a completely different story. I believe that when they created the movie he number one didn't know about what had made this book so famous, number two he didn't read the book, and number three he didn't know about the symbolism.
The novel was on one side is about how they group of Boys get stuck on a deserted island and separate each other; on the other hand though the island they were stuck on was a symbol for the world and how the evil was taking over the world. In the movie it only showed the Boys getting stuck on the island, they also took some parts out to show that better and less of the symbolism. In doing this they destroyed the part of the novel that was great, and changed the story line.
Despite destroying the storyline, the actors did an OK job and could have done better. These kids come from a military school then as soon they're on the island they start cursing, then showing a rapid change to evil. In some emotional points in the movie they showed very little emotion, or were very serious. For instance they before they find the an accordion from no where they were both crying about the killing of Simon, Ralph did not show a lot of emotion in his crying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent price, more than excellent service. March 19 2011
Format:DVD
This is the perfect kit to show this film to a class of highschool students, which was it's intended purpose.

Our first shipment was lost in the mail, we were sent another one free of charge by express delivery the very day that we contacted the company. It arrived safely the next day.

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4.0 out of 5 stars do i love it ore hate it that is the ?. Jan. 9 2004
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Format:DVD
I love this movie.I read the novel and than i bot it.The first time i sean the movie 1990 verson was on tv.Know i got it on dvd.I read the book for my book report I read the part ware Piggy gets hite by the stone my 7th grade teacher said.WOW!.I wont to get the orijanol movie on dvd so i can see the commitary.The origanol black and white theakle trailr.The best drama movie ive aver seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good enough movie to watch Jan. 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I saw the movie before I read the book so here is my short review. Overall the movie was nice and sweet, a story about a group of children stranded on an uninhabited island without adult supervision who become savages and lose touch with civilization. The only three who maintain reason are Ralph (the initial leader who tries to always maintain a fire), Simon (the good pure child who suffers a tragic ending, and Piggy (the conscience of the group). The others Jack and his tribe eventually become wild and barbaric with fear of a monster and a primal urge to hunt. The good versus the evil is obviously seen in this movie. However, the symbolic pig's head, the glasses and Simon are dulled down in the movie as opposed to the book. Moreover, Ralph and Jack seem too buddy buddy at first and seem to agree to much and then all of a sudden split apart. The last scene though is the best in the movie. There is a huge fire in the island set by Jack and his tribe as they hunt down for Ralph as they would a pig. The music and the way it was filmed with slowmotion and the perspectives really shocked me and kept me with my breath caught. The ending was too short though and the acting was good. The actors who played Ralph and Jack did a superb job, especially the Ralph actor who is so damned cute and looks a lot like the kid on the cover of the book by Sir William. Simon could have received a bigger role in the movie and the kid who played Piggy was annoying at times but I truly felt bad for him when his glasses fell and he they threw that rock at him that was crazy. So watch the movie it's pretty good and then pick up the book if you haven't read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling and brutal, if a little unfaithful.... Dec 13 2003
Format:DVD
...is how I would describe Harrry Hook's interpretation of William Golding's classic. This film has much more emotion than given in the book if it is a little more bloody thirsty and vicious. I watched this, and I could not believe how much they had changed it, but I was pleasantly surprised. I would recommend this to anyone, but it is not to confused with the book in anyway. Young Getty is amazing as Ralph, with truly heatfelt performance especially when Piggy is killed. Do not read this, go and watch it yourself!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not suitable for children under 13! Oct. 19 2003
Format:VHS Tape
To reply to another user that asked if it was suitable for a 10 year old kid, I would have to say no. Although the characters used in the movie are around that age, the lanuage used will offend you children, aswell as adults. It does not add to the story, and the language is used often.
The book on the other hand is very clean, and has no bad words. I would recommend reading your son the book. Not only does it not have bad language, it also covers more information, and has more symbols. The pig's head talking is a major point in the book, and is completely removed from the movie...
Hollywood has taken a book written by a Nobel Prize winning author (Sir William Golding), and has beaten it until it was dead. I would recommend you read the book before watching the movie, so that you know what it should really be like.
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