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Laserdisc Title: "LORD OF THE FLIES"
Edition: Fullscreen Edition (Single Disc)
Directed By: Harry Hook
Starring: Balthazar Getty, Danuel Pipoly, Chris Furrh
Production / Year: 1990 Castle Rock Entertainment
Running Time: 90 Minutes / Color
Audio Format: Digital Sound, Dolby Surround, Stereo, CX Encoded
Video Format: NTSC, CLV (Extended Play)
Miscellaneous Features: Rated R, Closed Captioned
Distributed By: Nelson Entertainment
Catalog / Spine Number: 77466
Disc (s): Excellent - Hardly noticeable to very minor hairline surface swirls, if any
Jacket: Excellent - Original outer plastic shrink wrap still partially intact
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.
Golding originally conceived "Lord of the Flies" as an exploration of Human nature, and how people are inherently evil. To drive this point home, he took English school boys (some of whom were members of a church choir) crash landed them on an island during a wartime evacuation and said, "Have at it!" (metaphorically speaking). The book and indeed the 1963 movie version asks how if even children can become cruel and violent and evil with very little prompting, are humans as advanced as we like to think? Are we really all that different from animals? Readers/viewers are shocked to see how far such a small child can fall.
I read Lord of the Flies in high school and was intrigued by its unusual content. I, of course, had to dissect the book to expose its 'symbolism,' but unlike many works of poetry and literature, I agreed that this one actually made a statement. When the remake came out I was anxious to see how filmmakers would interpret the disturbing island living of the young boys. The film stuck by the book in a surprisingly accurate manner. Before watching the film, read the book. It improves the entertainment value of the movie and makes everything make more sense. I was not disappointed with the film and have seen it more than once.
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