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Criterion Release: Lord of the Flies

July 23, 2013

Lord of the Flies Blu-ray CoverLast week, the 1963 version of Lord of the Flies was released for the first time on Blu-ray, as part of the Criterion Collection.  An adaptation of the allegorical novel by William Golding about the animalistic nature of children, the film cast regular kids to tell the iconic story of a group of boys who find themselves fighting for power and struggling to survive after becoming stranded on a desert island.

Although the naturalistic approach of experimental director Peter Brook sometimes feels controversial by current standards, and those who have read the book will likely get the most out of the story, the film is widely respected as a faithful adaptation of the classic novel.  Along with the black and white cinematography that has been admirably restored, the raw performances of Lord of the Flies are often interesting to watch, and the pristine Blu-ray is recommended for fans of the film.

The Blu-ray is packed with bonuses, including commentary and interviews with Peter Brook and editor Gerald Feil, a deleted scene and numerous featurettes, as well as excerpts of William Golding reading from his novel.  Also included is a booklet featuring an informative essay by critic Geoffrey Macnab.

Lord of the Flies is 90 minutes and rated PG.

-John C.

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