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Genre: Drama / Theatrical Release: 1963 / Director: Peter Brook / Actors: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Roger Elwin, Tom Gaman, Hugh Edwards ... / DVD released 23 July, 2007 at Second Sight Films Ltd. / Features of the DVD: Full Screen, PAL

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      19.05.2010 15:24
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      Fantastic classic.

      Lord Of The Flies -
      **About the film**
      The film is based upon a group of young boys who have been trapped on a deserted island and have to depend upon themselves for survival.
      the boys are what seems to be a "Military group" The boys have a leader between them and he gives out all the orders to the other boys telling them to stick together or else they will all die!

      There is one boy who defies the orders of the leader and chooses to set up his own camp once discovering that "In young childrens imaginations" seemed to be a "monster". The other boys fear for their survival and join the other group because they are willing to kill/fend for themselvfes by becoming "criminals". With no grown ups and no leaders about a large percentage of the boys choose to make their way over to the other camp and this can only mean BAD things...

      The boys have to make their way out alive and the only way to do this is to become bad! and so the madness begins!

      The film was released in 1963 dericted by Peter Brook by Second Sight films. The film is often used in lots of schools around the world as there is a lot of symbolism in the film and also in psychology classes to signify criminology.

      The film is very good and I would most defineatly reccommend anyone intrested in English literature or in all fairness just an old fashioned classic film then go and grab a copy of this film.

      There aren't many disadvantages to a film like Lord Of The Flies but what i can say is that the ending was very disapointing and was somewhat of a clifhanger, but i can't tell you anything else. Also i think that the graphics and effects of the film were shockingly bad , but hey at least it was in clour!

      ** Overall Summary**
      Great film , i think that anyone who hasn't seen lord of the flies should rush to the shops and buy it now because you are missing out on a truly great classic.

      **So? Where can i buy this film?"

      Lord of the flies is currently on sale at Amazon.co.uk for just a meer £5.
      This is probably the best deal you will find for a film like this as i have searched and searched and there is nowere that will sell it cheaper unless you buy it second hand


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        02.01.2010 11:43
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        Good adaptation of a great book

        Adapted from that classic of British Literature, this is a seminal book and a pretty good film too, covering childhood, the British class system and how people adapt to new surroundings.

        This film is far superior to the 1990 remake and the screenplay was written by the director Peter Brook.

        The basic premise of the film is that a plane full of English schoolboys crashlands on a desert island having tried to escape some unnamed catastophe. The boys are left to their own devices without adults on the island and prove to have fortitude and spirit in creating a community, housing and a governing body, however primal urges begin to take control and democracy is overpowered by primitive urges as power struggles ensue and the smarter boys are beaten and killed by the tougher boys creating a dog eat dog society reverting to its most primal urges.


        James Aubrey ... Ralph
        Tom Chapin ... Jack
        Hugh Edwards ... Piggy
        Roger Elwin ... Roger
        Tom Gaman ... Simon
        Roger Allan ... Piers
        David Brunjes ... Donald
        Peter Davy ... Peter
        Kent Fletcher ... Percival Wemys Madison
        Nicholas Hammond ... Robert
        Christopher Harris ... Bill
        Alan Heaps ... Neville
        Jonathan Heaps ... Howard
        Burnes Hollyman ... Douglas
        Andrew Horne ... Matthew

        My View:

        This film is awesome, it is shot with great cinematography and drama, the acting from the young men is brilliant and totally captures the British spirit as these boys take up positions beyond their wisdom to the best of their ability, but boys being boys the instinct to have fun, explore and have more fun takes control, the clash between authority and natural instincts is enthralling and the finale is sad and very honest, this film is a great metaphor for society as a whole as it uses children, something we have all been and can relate to, the people who have had least experience to use in stressful situations to explore how people would react to being stranded and having to cope on their own, the film starts on a positive note and gradually descends into terrifying chaos which is captured perfectly by the Director and cast.

        Overall this is a well made adaptation of a classic book, it captures the feelings of back biting, childishness and fear perfectly and develops the story to a natural conclusion.

        The DVD is available for £12.88 on Amazon and is a really thoughtful film which is far superior to the more recent remake.


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          20.08.2007 12:14



          An intresting, enjoyable film which obviously suffered from the low budget

          This is a disappointing adaptation of a brilliant book.

          I watched the film before I read the book, and although I was intrigued by the story, the character and the representation of human nature, I couldn't help feeling it was a bit empty - a bit void of an essential ingredient.

          After reading the book, I found that the essential parts - the parts that were missing - were the characters' own inner thoughts and feelings.

          The film does try to reflect these, for example when they focus on Simon watching the flies, but it fails to conjure up the full empathy needed to make the film truly successful and a worthy match for the book.

          To give the directors credit, it is a difficult book to put into film, especially with seemingly tight budget, but sadly, the film does slightly disappoint.

          That's not to say it's not worth watching at all though, but I suggest you read the book first for full enjoyment.


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            03.06.2007 16:49
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            why not watch it for yourself

            When I returned to college a few years ago, I was doing my English also; we had the choice between doing Kez and Lord of the Flies. So we all decided on Lord of the Flies.

            As I had to do a lot of work on the book, I decided it may help me more if I watched the film also. So I borrowed this from the college library, which meant it never cost me anything to watch it.

            So I settled down to watch this film, and expected it to be just as good as the book, as I was really enjoying it. I was not disappointed. So anyway on with the review.

            The Plot.

            Now unlike in the book, where the boys were all evacuated from a war, these were all military boys aged between 6-12 years old. Their plane crashed on a deserted Island. The pilot was missing, so it was just the boys to look after themselves.

            They all elected a leader, this was Ralph, and this was the first character brought into the film. Then he was joined by Piggy. They together found a Conch, and used this to attract the other boys that were on the Island. Once all together Ralph was then elected the leader.

            Jack did not like this, so Ralph elected him to be the Huntsman, and Piggy who was not well liked to be his lieutenant. Piggy was not very popular with the other boys but he was the brightest out of the lot of them.

            The boys then make their first attempt at being rescued by starting a signal fire, lit by Piggy's glasses.

            Then Jack seems to toughen up and creates his own tribe, which leaves Ralph with the minority few that stands by him. Most end up getting forced to go to Jacks tribe, except the ever loyal Piggy. Who stays with him till the end.

            I am trying not to give too much away here, as I do think it is a film worth watching, so I wont tell you too much about the plot. I mean really what is the point in watching a film if you know all the ins and outs of the film. I will describe the characters so you know who will be appearing in the film and what things represent, without giving away too much information.


            Ralph was the eldest of the boys their, he was nominated leader, as he was the one who got all the boys back together with the conch, this worked just like a horn. He only had one thought on his mind and that was getting him and the others all rescued safely.

            He was not a violent boy, but he would speak his mind and tell others his ideas, but did he get them to safety or not? You will have to watch the film to find out.

            Some quotes from Ralph:

            Whoever holds the conch gets to speak.

            It doesn't matter who's in charge. We've just got to work together. First, we build a camp.

            We can't have kids stealing and just running wild. We're going to have to have stricter rules and hand out demerits... I guess.


            Now this was the character that really interested me in the film, and surprisingly he was in the film exactly how I had imagined him.

            Piggy was portrayed as a bright boy, who had a weight problem, he is a very bright boy, that the other boys seemed envious and jealous of. Piggy is a very sensitive boy, who is easily hurt by malicious remarks.

            Piggy had a lot of admiration for Ralph and really looked up to him, and stuck by him all the way through. Jack and Piggy did not get on, as Piggy would not stand down to him, and he would fight for what he believed in.

            Some quotes from Piggy:

            We did everything just the way grownups would have. Why didn't it work? Things would be much better here if it wasn't for him. I wish he was dead.

            If we are stuck here until we get old, then we can't go on acting like kids! We've got to be sensible and make things work!

            I don’t care what you call me, as long as you don’t call me what they called me at school!!! (Piggy)


            Next to Ralph, Jack is the second tallest and strongest of the boys. He does not appreciate the results of the election and eventually uses his strength against Ralph to gain the leadership.

            Jack appears nice at the beginning, but this film shows that there is evil in all of us, but some of us control it better. Jack eventually takes control of the group, but can he really do a better job than Ralph, without Piggy’s intellect.

            Quotes from jack:

            Right on, Larry. When you other brats get older or get hungry enough, you can come join up, too.

            I guess you just won the election.

            Your talking too much shut up fatty!

            Those are the three main characters in this film although there are more, but I would be here all day writing about them and this review would be far too long loll. So I will write a brief description on some of them.

            Roger - He is Jacks right hand man, he is pure evil and a bully. He stands by Jack and admires his views.

            Simon - He is a good person, who tries to help the smaller children, that can’t defend themselves. He also tries to contribute to the group as much as he can.

            Sam n Eric - These are the twins, that were good and did not have an evil bone in their bodies, they tried to stay loyal to Ralph but they were forced to go with Jack.

            The character list

            Balthazar Getty - Ralph
            Chris Furrh - Jack
            Danuel Pipoly - Piggy
            James Badge Dale - Simon
            Andrew Taft - Sam
            Edward Taft - Eric
            Gary Rule - Roger

            My Personal Thoughts

            The acting was satisfactory, but I would not say it was brilliant. It was made with too many children actors in. Some of the actors were great, and some stood out more than others, but in no way did that spoil the film.

            I found this film very interesting to watch after reading the book. The characters I had imagined from the book were exactly how I imagined it in the film.

            The storyline was changed in some places in the film, but not major changes and it did not spoil the watching of the film.

            I must say though I did enjoy reading the book more, as you had to visualize more, and imagine what it was like for the boys. It is not the type of film I would watch again, so if you were to get this I would only get it on rental, as it will probably just gather dust.

            It is definitely worth watching though, and I hope I have not spoilt this film in anyway with my review; I have tried my best not to go into too much detail. I could have easily have gone on a lot more about this film, but I wont in fear of me spoiling it for you.

            So go rent it today and have a watch, I’m sure you will enjoy it, even if some of the acting is amateur, they have some good acting in it to make up for the bad.

            This film runs for 90 minutes xxx


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              29.06.2006 11:38
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              a poor version of an exceptional text

              When I was originally told that I had to read Lord of the Flies as part of my Literature course in honesty I was dreading it... it's far too long! However I was surprisingly surprised, the book creates phenomenal imagery as well as questioning the 'civilisation' within our society. The text conveys a possible outcome of a group of young boys, ranging from about seven to fifteen, that a4re stranded on a desert island. The epic journey experiences ups and downs, as well as creating fascination and most importantly forcing the reader to question their own morals.

              Tagline; No parents. No teachers. No rules... No mercy.
              Plot Outline: Stranded on an island, a group of schoolboys degenerate into savagery

              However the DVD directed by Harry Hook strips away the outstanding credibility that this text has gained, too many errors and simplicity is incorporated to make the experience seem realistic, I was truly looking forward to watching this DVD (although that may seem sad) after such high expectations built up from the text - however this was not to be the case.

              Balthazar Getty .... Ralph
              Chris Furrh .... Jack Merridew
              Danuel Pipoly .... Piggy
              James Badge Dale.... Simon
              Andrew Taft.... Sam, Twin #1
              Edward Taft.... Eric, Twin #2
              Gary Rule .... Roger
              Terry Wells .... Andy
              Braden MacDonald .... Larry
              Angus Burgin .... Greg
              Martin Zentz .... Sheraton
              Brian Jacobs .... Peter
              Vincent Amabile .... Patterson
              David Weinstein .... Mikey
              Chuck Bell .... Steve

              Examples of the kind of errors that both annoyed and amused me are;
              Trivial: Two weeks before beginning filming Balthazar Getty (Ralph) fell from a tree and consequently broke both of his wrists. The director still stood by him and decided to write his injuries into the script and have his character Ralph in an arm-sling for half of the film while Getty healed.

              Quotes: Jack Merridew: Right on, Larry. When you other brats get older or get hungry enough, you can come join up, too.

              It is these kinds of errors that I find devalue the true significance of the novel, these mistakes appear so frequently in the DVD that it becomes frustrating. I could continue fussing about the film for ages however I will keep my follow up concise; in the text it is clear that the fall of civilisation occurs as the boys become further and further from the real world, as a result they lose track of the day and time. In turn this forces them to turn savage, losing humane qualities and becoming primitive and destructive. This in my opinion can be heavily criticised in this version as in several scenes the boys can be seen to be wearing watches, also the sheer amount of swearing that goes on forces the DVD to lack certain qualities (I wonder why??).

              Luckily enough for me I read the novel first, otherwise I would definitely never have got on to it after this appalling version...

              The duration of the film is 90 minutes, that if you can bear to get to the end as I never have as yet... but honestly if you want some advice it would be to read the novel and forget the DVD, after all I think that most of the fascination from this book is a result of the vivid imagination. The way that I picture the whole island will be completely different from you, that is what makes the novel with all of its wild descriptions so enchanting.

              Overall the quality that the DVD lacks 100% is the whole point of the novel, which is that evil always will let out, no matter what we as mankind do to prevent it... a scary thought?

              Thanks for taking the time to read this review; I would be glad to know what the opinion of others is.


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                15.10.2001 18:33
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                William Golding's Lord of the Flies is, or used to be, a staple of everyone's teenage reading experience, a harrowing fable about how ordinary kids revert to savagery when they are marooned on a deserted island. The story is less poignant nowadays than it once was, if only because events take place every day on our mean streets that are more horrifying than anything the little monsters do to one another on Golding's island. When Peter Brook made the first film version of the novel in 1963, most viewers no doubt identified with the character of Ralph, the little liberal humanist, instead of with Jack, the little free market economist. These days, I imagine the audiences are more evenly divided. Of all the films that cry out to be remade, the call of Brook's "Lord of the Flies" is very faint indeed. But it has been heard by Harry Hook and Sara Schiff, who have directed and written this new and anemic Classics Illustrated version of the story. Golding's tale is a parable, a simple one, ideal as the subject for essays in English class. Schoolboys from a private school are shipwrecked (or, in the new version, their airplane crashes into the sea), and they swim to a deserted island where they must fend for themselves. At first they stick together and act reasonably, but then they divide into two camps: followers of Ralph, who believe in decency and civilization, and followers of Jack, who paint their faces, sharpen their spears and become militarists. Despairing of ever being rescued, the boys go to war with one another, with deadly results. The staging of this story is fairly straightforward. The kids crawl up on the sand, their clothes gradually grow more tattered, they light a signal fire and then fight over who will tend it, they fight for possession of the knife and a pair of glasses that can be used to start fires, and they draw the battle lines between their two camps. Hook
                9;s visual sense is not acute here; he doesn't show the spontaneous sense of time and place that made his first film, "The Kitchen Toto" (1988), so convincing. He seems more concerned with telling the story than showing it, and there are too many passages in which the boys are simply trading dialogue. The color photography tends to turn many scenes into travelogues; this is a film that needs black and white to contain the lush scenery. The "lord of the flies" itself - the rotting head of a wild boar - never becomes the focus of horror it is intended as, and the surprise ending of the film is somehow over before we have the opportunity to be surprised. The acting is workmanlike. Because this material is so obviously constructed to bear a message, a film made from it will work best if it concentrates on the story elements and lets the symbolism take care of itself. Hook's version does neither. The symbolism is right up front and unmissable, and the story part - the events that in theory should cause our throats to tighten and our pulses to quicken - is pretty lame. Once you understand what is going to happen (and even the viewer who has never heard of the book will not take long), there are few surprises. It happens. The reviews of Brook's 1963 film version were not glowing ("Semiprofessional . . . crude and unconvincing" - Halliwell; "Patched together" - Kauffmann). But I recall it having at least a certain force, maybe because in 1963 it was still shocking that ordinary schoolkids could be killers - that they had the seeds of evil in them, and, given the opportunity and freedom from the restraints of society, the seeds would grow. Golding's novel is the sort of fable that could shock only those who believe in the onwardness of civilization, as some still did in those days. At the time of its publication (1954) attempts were made to find political messages in it, but
                today it seems more like a sad prophecy of what is happening in neighborhoods ruled by drugs. What week goes by without another story of a Ralph gunned down by a Jack?


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                  21.07.2001 12:34
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                  The Lord of the Flies --------------------- Criterion Collection Region 1 DVD RSDL Dual-layer DVD English Subtitles Director: Peter Brook Producer: Lewis Allen Photography: Tom Hollyman camera operator/editor: Gerald Fiel A plane crash deposits a group of "Proper English Schoolboys" on a tropical island with no sign of school dinners or civilization. We follow them through trials and tribulations, as they gradually throw off their inhibitions, attempt to establish a society, fail and gradually revert to the primitive state. DVD Options: Play the Movie -------------- One thing guaranteed with a film from the Criterion Collection, is that they do seem to have the very, very best print available. This copy of The Lord of the Flies looks like it was filmed and freshly produced yesterday rather than in 1963. One is almost puzzled by the black and white photography, everyone uses colour today, don't they? The soundtrack is again as clear as the day it was recorded. I have to confess that the film has never moved me, the concept that otherwise angelic children can degenerate into monsters, has never been a concept I find even remotely shocking. The satirical elements of society in microcosm again leave me cold. But the biggest obstacle are the plummy and overly stagey tones of the boys. Unfortunately the hapless Piggy is the most irritating of all. On the plus side, "The Lord of the Flies" himself, is a genuinely eerie and disturbing image. Theatrical Trailer ------------------ Now here's a novelty, the trailer has a commentary track by Tom Feil relating a last minute dash at the film's premier with a lost roll of film. Commentary ---------- Recorded in 1993 featuring Peter Brook, Lewis Allen, Tom Hollyman and Gerald Fiel. "People at the time, thought
                  it was a pessimistic story, I still see people writing about it as a pessimistic view of mankind...the book is a fable...it's a parable,but it's not pessimistic about mankind, it's pessimistic about what we call culture and civilization and I was already convinced at that time that what we call education, what we call culture, what we call Western Civilization has absolutely no true value whatsoever..." so says Peter Brook on the commentary track, which I have to admit is one of the very best I've ever heard. The four gentleman concerned proceed to tell the tale of making the movie in a detailed and intelligent manner and, gradually, one realises that the people who made this film were fledgling filmmakers! Tom Hollyman was a stills photographer and happily talks of learning to use the motion picture camera for the first and last time...even more astonishing is that this footage is included in the "Behind the Scenes" material. Insights into the making of the film. Such difficulties of assembling the cast and particularly finding "Piggy" - "...he arrived by magic through the post..."Dear Sir, I am fat and wear spectacles." The difficulties of keeping a platoon of schoolboys disciplined by night and in their increasingly anarchic state by day for filming... The commentary and extras on this film are a film making course in themselves as you learn from the mistakes and the techniques the makers themselves learned. This is akin to watching the Concorde take off, only to find out it was built by the Blue Peter team from washing up bottles and cereal packets. Chapters -------- 1 - 31 Behind the Scenes ----------------- Home Movies and Tests Tom Hollyman on learning to use the camera. Outtakes Again more very insightful commentary including a very astute observation of the French mentality regarding the purity of children. Production Scrapbook The schoolboys kept a scrapbook with stills and notes for a class project, here we see that with commentary from the creative team. Deleted Scene ------------- With commentary and Novel Excerpt (See below). Color Bars ---------- A Test Card for your TV (and you can't get out of it, until it lets you). The Empty Space --------------- A mini documentary of Peter Brook working with an actors group unrelated to Lord of the Flies (a little surreal). Novel Excerpts -------------- Just when you thought the extras couldn't get any better... Here we have the author, William Golding, talking about the genesis of the novel and then reading the novel over the top of the movie...Amazing!!! One wishes for his opinions on the movie, but I guess you can't have everything. Overall then a beautiful presentation of the movie. A "where are they now" section would have been nice to see what became of these castaways. Fortunately there's a wonderful web site which covers some of this territory: http://lordoftheflies.org/actor.htm I really wish I liked the film more... It's sad that it's only available on DVD in Region 1 format at this time. Film: 2 stars DVD Features: 5 stars Hmmm, 4 stars then... If you're a fan of the film give it the extra star! The suitable for "All Generations" really means, in this case, Adults and Adolescents.


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                    24.05.2001 03:34



                    This is a thought-propelling story and highlights society's advantages - Advantages: Makes you think about what would happen if we never had the weights of society - Disadvantages: Gory in parts, alot of parts actually, haha


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                    10.05.2001 04:19



                    “Lord of the Flies” Lord of the flies is a thought-provoking novel written by William Golding in 1954. The book describes, in horrific detail, the exploits of a band of young boys, who alone with no structure to society make a striking transition from civilised to barbaric. The Lord of the Flies commands a pessimistic outlook that seems to show that man is inherently tied to society, and without it, we would likely return to savagery. in my opinion this is an excellent novel and my favourite character was Simon, who symbolised purity and goodness. When he is killed, it is so shocking, you feel all hope is lost! zero


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                    Following a plane crash a group of schoolboys find themsleves on a deserted island. They appoint a leader and attempt to create an organised society for the sake of their survival. Democracy and order soon begin to crumble when a breakaway faction forms and quickly regresses to brutal savagery with horrifying consequences.

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