Seeing the 1960 version of the film actually prompted me to read the novel. Upon finishing that I thought that seeing the "modern" version would tie the package up nicely. Boy, was I wrong. Watching this version only angered me. The basic premise of the book was that these boys were alone and scared even when they tried to be as civilalized as possible. The boys in this film act as if nothing was even wrong at times. The biggest disapointment is the lost of the "fear of the beast." Reading the book (or even watching the 1960 version) you get a real feeling of fear surrounding the beast. You actually fear the beast. This film only mentions that fear in passing. Gone are the terror filled nights with the "littuns" screaming in the dark, afraid of what might be out there. Also gone is the dramtic conversation in which Simon (our "good and pure" character) meets the Lord of the Flies. This is a MAJOR part in the novel, but is only seen for about 1.5 seconds in this movie. There are other things of course which will just bother you also, the swearing, the changing of names, the changing of ages, etc... About the only thing this movie really has going for it is the beautiful slow motion scenes-the first "tribe dance" and the "hunting of ralph"- are breathtaking scenes. If anything, see the movie for that. So this movie is in color as opposed to the black and white. For this film the added color doesn't make up for its lack of content. Get the older version.