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Lord of the flies [videorecording (DVD)]
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (90 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (28 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm).
A group of boys, ages 6 to 12, survives a plane crash and becomes stranded on a deserted island. Ralph, Piggy and the others attempt to govern themselves, a task at which they fail disastrously. Two leaders--one civilized, one depraved--epitomize the forces of good against evil. 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.
System Details Note:
DVD; NTSC; region 1; PCM mono; 1.37:1 aspect ratio.
Target Audience Note:
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Video disc
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
[New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2013]
General Note:
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1963.

From the novel by William Golding.

Distributed by Janus Films.

Special features: Disc 1: Restored 4k digital film transfer, supervised by Gerald Feil; Commentary featuring director Peter Brook, producer Lewis Allen, director of photography Tom Hollyman, and cameraman and editor Gerald Feil; Novel reading (audio recordings of William Golding reading from his novel, Lord of the Flies); Behind the scenes (home movies, screen tests, outtakes, and stills from the production, accompanied by commentary); Deleted scene (with optional commentary and reading by Golding); Peter Brook (interview with the director from 2008); Trailer. Disc 2: The south bank show: William Golding (25 minute excerpt from the 1980 episode of the British television series); Interview with Gerald Feil; The empty space (16 minute excerpt from Gerald Feil's 1975 documentary showcasing Brook's theatre methods); Living Lord of the Flies (composed of never-before-seen footage shot by the boy actors during production, with new voice-over by actor Tom Gaman). Booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab and an excerpt from Brook's autobiography The Shifting Point.