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Lord of the Flies [Blu-ray]


(Harry Hook, 1990)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Castle Rock Entertainment

Video: Olive Films



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:30:16.452

Disc Size: 23,038,678,324 bytes

Feature Size: 22,887,530,496 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.009 Mbps

Chapters: 8

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: April 28th, 2015



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 2081 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2081 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)






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Description: Lord of the Flies stars Balthazar Getty (Lost Highway) in an adventure tale based on the classic novel by William Golding. When an aircraft carrying a group of military school cadets is forced to crash land in an uninhabited Pacific jungle, it is survival of the fittest, man against nature, and boy against boy as sides are drawn when the hunters become the hunted.

Lord of The Flies features supporting performances by James Badge Dale (World War Z), Danuel Pipoly (3 Ninjas Knuckle Up, Downtown), and Chris Furrh (Exile, A Family For Joe).



The Film:

Harry Hook directed this second screen adaptation of William Golding's cult novel about a group of British schoolchildren who revert to savagery when marooned on a deserted island. The new adaptation replaces British school children with a group of American military cadets and instead of a shipwreck, their plane crashes into the sea. The children swim ashore onto an island and try to fend for themselves, with the only surviving adult wracked with fever and crazed with pain. As the children get the feel of the island, the group separates into two different camps: Ralph Balthazar Getty and his followers prefer to act civilized and want to expand their efforts toward finding a way off the island; on the other hand, Jack Chris Furrh and his band revert to painting their faces, carrying spears and exploiting the island for survival. When the chances for rescue become less and less likely, the two factions go to war with each other, with tragic results. 

Excerpt from Barnes and Noble located HERE


In this second version of William Golding's novel, a group of cadets from an American military school are stranded on a desert island, along with the wounded pilot, after their plane crashes. Eventually the camp divides; Ralph (Getty) and Piggy (Pipoly) represent the values imposed by adults and civilisation; while they struggle to maintain a signal fire, Jack (Furrh) and his band of hunters, giving way to more primitive impulses, run rampage and turn murderous. The film, simplistically assuming the book's central metaphor to be imperialism - hence the military slant - retains the bare bones of Gollding's narrative, but that's all. There's little attempt to hint at the deeper issues, while the revelatory moment when the impaled pig's head looms in the clearing to reveal man's inner darkness, is merely flat. Executive producer Lewis Allen also produced Peter Brook's superior 1963 version; he took on the project after learning that TV producers planned a remake with an 'upbeat ending'. This is better than that, but not nearly good enough.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Harry Hook's 1990 Lord of the Flies is a striking film - shot in Hawaii. Olive's new Blu-ray transfer has impressive colors. This is only single-layered but the film's beauty, and Martin Fuhrer's cinematography, are exported dynamically in the higher resolution. There are some consistent textures and detail is acceptable. The outdoor sequences, naturally, dominate and produce some extremely pleasing visuals. There is some minor depth. The Blu-ray video gets high marks - with kudos to the film's eye-candy brilliance.

















Audio :

Olive use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 2081 kbps The film has plenty of 'nature' sound effects (wind, rain, ocean, fire) and it seems a deep transfer without flaws. The original music is by Philippe Sarde (Tess, The Tenant, Quest For Fire). He is a thoughtful composer and the rich score benefits the film experience and sounds excellent via the lossless.  There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.



Extras :

No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with the majority of their releases.



The 1990 version of Lord of the Flies is a beautifully shot film and seems faithful to William Golding's 1954 novel with some minor updating. I would have appreciated a few more differences though. It seems to lack a certain freshness, however I did enjoy the 1080P presentation and the bare-bones Olive Blu-ray should appeal to many who appreciate such a visual film experience.  

Gary Tooze

April 25th, 2015

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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