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Lord of the Flies

Peter Brook

 
Lord of the Flies (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1963
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
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  • 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.

Credits

DirectorPeter Brook
Produced byLewis Allen
Executive producerAl Hine
Associate producerGerald Feil
MusicRaymond Leppard
EditorsPeter Brook, Gerald Feil and Jean-Claude Lubtchansky
Director of photographyTom Hollyman
Photographed byTom Hollyman and Gerald Feil ASC
From the novel byWilliam Golding

Disc Features

  • New, restored digital transfer (box set edition); new, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by editor and cameraman Gerald Feil, ASC (two-DVD and Blu-ray editions), 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 (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • 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 (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • New interview with Feil (two-DVD and Blu-ray only)
  • 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: An essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab (two-DVD and Blu-ray only) and an excerpt from Brook’s autobiography The Shifting Point

    New cover by Kent Williams (two-DVD and Blu-ray editions); new cover by Olga Krigman (box set edition)

Film Essays

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Lord of the Flies: Trouble in Paradise

By Geoffrey Macnab July 16, 2013

Theater legend Peter Brook’s approach to bringing the classic fable about human savagery to the screen was radical in its straightforwardness. Read more »


Film Essays

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Peter Brook on the Making of Lord of the Flies

March 13, 2000

The following is excerpted from The Shifting Point, Peter Brook’s 1987 autobiography. All I wanted was a small sum of money, no script; just kids, a camera, and a beach. A young American, Lewis . . . Read more »

Announcements

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Essential Art House On Sale

November 30, 2016

Catch up on the classics! Select Essential Art House DVD releases are on sale starting at $9. Makes a great stocking stuffer! Read more »


10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: Lord of the Flies

By Elizabeth Pauker July 18, 2013


Film Essays

Curenthumb_72_006_thumbnail

Lord of the Flies: Trouble in Paradise

By Geoffrey Macnab July 16, 2013

Theater legend Peter Brook’s approach to bringing the classic fable about human savagery to the screen was radical in its straightforwardness. Read more »


On Five


Three Reasons


Announcements


Film Essays

Currenthumb_72_082_thumbnail

Peter Brook on the Making of Lord of the Flies

March 13, 2000

The following is excerpted from The Shifting Point, Peter Brook’s 1987 autobiography. All I wanted was a small sum of money, no script; just kids, a camera, and a beach. A young American, Lewis . . . Read more »

Other Editions

Lord of the Flies (Criterion DVD)

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Lord of the Flies (Essential Art House DVD)

Essential Art House DVD

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Criterion Store price:$9.00

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