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Walkabout (The Criterion Collection)


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  • Actors: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg, John Meillon, Robert McDarra
  • Directors: Nicolas Roeg
  • Writers: Edward Bond, James Vance Marshall
  • Producers: Anthony J. Hope, Max L. Raab, Si Litvinoff
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: May 18 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00393SG42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,569 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anna on Jan. 12 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The star rating is for the seller, BonnieScotland, not the movie.

I love this movie and have wanted a copy for years. I finally ordered, but am very disappointed. I purchased this DVD on Amazon Canada from BonnieScotland. The DVD will not play in Canada and US. I was in contact with BonnieScotland regarding this and although they claimed that this is mentioned on the Amazon site, it isn't. They offered to refund my money if I returned the item, but the return would be more than my refund. I will take the loss.

Be wary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER on Dec 17 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
[Update 2014: After writing this review based on a rental Blu-ray, I bought it from Amazon two years later (when the price went down a bit). Later I discovered that some of the Walkabout Blu-ray discs had a manufacturing defect; see the Criterion website for details. If you buy it, and find that it stops working on your player about halfway through the film, you'll need to get a replacement from either Amazon or Criterion. (This is the only Criterion disc I've ever had any trouble with.) But I haven't changed my mind about the quality of this release.]

The 2010 Criterion edition of this remarkable film includes a commentary track and a couple of new interviews with Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg (billed as "Lucien John" in the film), and these do contribute to our appreciation of it; but the real bonus here is the hour-long documentary on the life of David Gulpilil, who made his screen debut here and went on to many other films. He is one of those rare people with the ability to cross the cultural barriers which are so realistically presented in Walkabout -- and the "One Red Blood" documentary also shows how much this has cost him, indeed how much the colonial invasion from Europe has cost indigenous people everywhere.

Walkabout is just as unusual and disturbing today as it was in 1971. It shines an almost painfully bright light on European-derived civilization by contrasting it with the aboriginal -- yet does not idealize life in the outback at all. Life is harsh on both sides of the divide, as Roeg shows clearly by intercutting ironic parallels between them, and the tragic/ironic ending follows quite naturally from the lack of communication across that divide between the two adolescents.
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By Suds on Dec 4 2013
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Hi..ordered Walkabout from Bonnie Scotland....it does not play in Canada and U.S.....received my copy and tried to play it...have seen it before and it is one of my favorites...........checked the site....can't see where it does not play in North America...I see other buyers are pretty choked also...will I get a refund? Costs more to send it back...
Can you PLEASE fix this UP?
Linda
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By Lesley H. Harris on Sept. 10 2013
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Did not realize this was a european version was unable to watch it on my dvd player. Seller should let customers know this. was disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Driscoll on July 5 2007
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Walkabout is introduced in the film as an important period in the life of an Aborigine. A time at the age of sixteen or so that the man-child must survive in the bush by himself for six months. If he survives he is a man, if not...well he really isn't anything because he's probably dead. Going into the film my understanding of Walkabout was sort of a break from white society into the traditional Aboriginal lifestyle for a period of time. The other use of Walkabout that I have heard is in reference to a British Monarch or some higher level of person walking around greeting folks in the public. Director Nicholas Roeg seems to understand the various uses of this word as well and ties them in with the maturation of the film's core characters. The parallels make for some very exciting social commentary and the film subtly layers itself and it's characters further and further. For that, Roeg's film in perspective can be seen as two very different kinds of films and split it's audience enormously. One crowd may say that Walkabout is extremely slow and boring while the other crowd will hail the film as a fantastic artistic achievement. Understandably so for both sides I suppose, but I do count myself among the latter group.

Walkabout follows two young English kids, one a fourteen-year-old girl and the other a six-year-old boy (I think) as they are abandoned in the middle of the vast Australian outback. The abandonment itself is quite perplexing and I was fairly confused as to how it was handled, but you'll see that addressing those unanswered questions is not what Roeg's film sets out to do at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted on March 6 2004
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This is an interesting film and one of the more unusual mainstream films I have seen. Despite the full frontal nudity (obviously non-sexual nudity) It is an overall good film.
A young woman and her little brother are abandoned in the Australian outback by their father who has committed suicide. The two encounter an young aborigine man who is on 'walkabout' a ritual where individuals are sent out to see if they can survive on their own. He eventually leads them back to a populated area.
The original music score by John Barry is superb and sounds very similar to the music he did in the earlier James Bond films.
The Criterion collection DVD has an excellent audio commentary by director Nick Roeg and leading actress Jenny Agutter who was in the film. Jenny Agutter is also well known for her role in the film Logan's Run. This movie
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