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A new release of "LORD OF THE FLIES" (1963) from The Criterion Collection will hit the stores July 16, 2013 in DVD and Blu-ray format.

Film Info

United Kingdom

1963

90 minutes

Black and White

1.37:1

English

Spine #43

In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding's legendary novel about 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.

Disc Features

New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by editor and cameraman Gerald Feil, ASC, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

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 Lord of the Flies, accompanied by the corresponding scenes from the film

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

Excerpt from a 1980 episode of The South Bank Show featuring Golding

New interview with Feil

Excerpt from Feil's 1973 documentary The Empty Space, showcasing Brook's theater 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

Trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab and an excerpt from Brook's autobiography The Shifting Point

New cover by Kent Williams

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Many thanks to Elizabeth Pauker of The Criterion Collection for her research work and keeping this site in the loop while making the new re-release of this great film.

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com

In this classic 1963 adaptation of William Golding's novel, a planeload of schoolboys is stranded on a tropical island. They've got food and water; all that's left is to peacefully govern themselves until they're rescued. "After all," says choir leader Jack, "We're English. We're the best in the world at everything!" Unfortunately, living peacefully is not as easy as it seems. Though Ralph is named chief, Jack and the choristers quickly form a clique of their own, using the ever-effective political promise of fun rather than responsibility to draw converts. Director Peter Brook draws some excellent performances out of his young cast; the moment when Ralph realizes that even if he blows the conch for a meeting people might not come is an excruciating one. Well acted and faithfully executed, Lord of the Flies is as compelling today as when first released. --Ali Davis

Review

First rate...horrendously exciting. --Film Quarterly

Product Description

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.

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