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A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to exist in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg (Dont Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth). Along the way, they meet a young aborigine on his walkabout, a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone. Walkabout is a thrilling adventure as well as a provocative rumination on time and civilization.
Very few films achieve a kind of subliminal greatness with cross-cultural impact, but Walkabout is one of those films--a visual tone poem that functions more as an allegory than a conventionally plotted adventure. Considered a cult favorite for years, Nicolas Roeg's 1971 film--about two British children who are rescued in the Australian outback by a young aborigine--was originally released in the U.S. with an R rating, edited from its European length of 100 minutes. In 1997, the film was fully restored to its director's cut, and in its remastered video and DVD release, it's now wisely unrated (as Roeg had always intended) but still suitable for viewers of all ages. For parents this is a rare opportunity to treat well-supervised children (ages 5 and over) to an adventure that won't insult their intelligence, presenting scenes of frontal nudity and the hunting of animals in a context that invites valuable discussion and introspection. Through exquisite cinematography and a story of subtle human complexity, the film continues to resonate on many thematic and artistic levels. Roeg had always intended it to be a cautionary morality tale, in which the limitations and restrictions of civilization become painfully clear when the two children (played by Jenny Agutter and Roeg's young son, Lucien John) cannot survive without the aborigine's assistance. They become primitives themselves, if only temporarily, while the young aborigine proves ultimately and tragically unable to join the "family" of civilization. With its story of two worlds colliding, Walkabout now seems like a film for the ages, hypnotic and open to several compelling levels of interpretation. In addition to presenting the film in its original 1.77:1 aspect ratio, the Criterion Collection DVD of Walkabout includes a variety of bonus features, including a full-length commentary by Nicolas Roeg and Jenny Agutter, original theatrical trailers, and an essay by critic Roger Ebert. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hi..ordered Walkabout from Bonnie Scotland....it does not play in Canada and U.S.....received my copy and tried to play it... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Suds
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.Published on Sept. 10 2013 by Lesley H. Harris
DONT LET THE OTHER REVIEWS THROW YOU> I honestly thought that the end credits were the best part of this movie. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
Walkabout is simply one of the best films ever made. The photography and editing are exceptional. The sound editing is better than in any other film I have seen. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by J. Carroll
A very unusual film for its time, Walkabout combines many themes in what is ostensibly a tale of survival in the Australian outback. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by James Ferguson
If you regard nature as a transcendant realm that clearly trumps the fragmented, modern world, this film will move you. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by William S. Loughman
Father takes son and daughter out in the middle of the desert. For some reason that the viewer need not know, he tries to kill them. He fails. Sets fire to the car. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by muskiedine