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Lord of the flies

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Two-DVD special ed.


English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards, Roger Elwin, Tom Gaman.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2013]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (90 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (28 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)


Not rated.


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.


Title from container.

From the novel by William Golding.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.

Special features: restored 4k digital film transfer, supervised by editor and cameraman Gerald Feil ; 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 ; deleted scene, with optional commentary and Golding reading ; interview with Brook from 2008 ; collection of behind-the-scenes material, including home movies, screen tests, outtakes, and stills ; trailer ; excerpt from a 1980 episode of The South Bank show featuring Golding ; interview with Feil ; excerpt from Feil's 1975 documentary The empty space, showcasing Brook's theatre methods ; Living "Lord of the flies," a piece composed of never-before-seen footage shot by the boy actors during production, with new voice-over by actor Tom Gaman.

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