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Lord of the Flies – BluRay (1990 Version) 
Written by: on May 5th, 2015

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1990
Director: Harry Hook
Writer: Jay Presson Allen
Cast: Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh, Danuel Pipoly, James Badge Dale

BluRay released: April 28th, 2015
Approximate running time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: NR
Sound: DTS-HD Stereo English
Subtitles: N/A
BluRay Release: Olive Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $29.98

Synopsis: A group of military students narrowly survive death, when their plane crashes in the middle of the ocean. From there the survivors of the crash get into a raft which eventually takes them to remote island far from anywhere or anyone they have ever know. And when it becomes apparent that they make never be rescued from the island they then form a society where everyone is given tasks to do for the better of the group as a whole. Unfortunately things take a turn for the worse, when it is discovered that there are those who don’t want to be bound by rules and they decide to form their own more primal tribe.

Lord of the Flies is a Nobel Prize winning novel that was written in 1954 by William Golding. Its first and most known film adaptation is Peter Brook’s 1963 film of the same name. The 1990 film adaption was directed by Harry Hook whose other notable films include, Kitchen in Toto and St. Ives. Key Collaborators on Hook’s adaption of Lord of the Flies include screenwriter Jay Presson Allen (Marnie, Cabaret) under the pseudonym Sara Schiff and composer Philippe Sarde (The Tenant, Tess).

Though there are several instances where this film differs from the 1963 adaption. There are two key changes between the 1990 adaption and the 1963 adaption that drastically change the tone of the remake. In the 1963 adaption the boys are evacuees during wartime, while in the 1990 adaption the boys are cadets from a military academy. And how each film end’s, most notably the character of Ralph and how he deals with the events which have just unfolded. Also in the novel the Ralph character often insults the Piggy character, where in the 1990 adaption Piggy is the character that is most aligned with Ralph whom comes to his defense more often then he insults him.

With that being said, this is a strong adaptation that has the majority of the core elements which made the original novel source so compelling. All of the characters and their motivations are well defined. Pacing is never an issues as things move along briskly and each new revelations is given an ample amount of time to fully sink in. And from a visual stand point this film takes full advantage of its surroundings.

One of the most surprising aspects of this film are the performances from its cast whose performances often show youth beyond their years. With this film’s standout performance coming from Balthazar Getty (Young Guns II, Lost Highway) in the role of Ralph. It is his character that tries to keep everyone clam when the reality of their situation sits in and in the end he becomes the outcast. Another performance of note is Chris Furrh playing the heavy in the role of Jack. Unfortunately this film would prove to be his one and only as he would shortly there after disappear from acting all together.

If just viewed as yet another remake and compared to what has come before adaption wise. This film is bound to underwhelm those who are more familiar with the source material due to the aforementioned softening of the subject matter at hand. While those who go into with no preconceived notions are sure to thoroughly enjoy this adaptions of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

The BluRay:

Lord of the Flies comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This is a solid transfer that exhibits accurate colors and healthy looking flesh tones, image clarity is outstanding, black and contrast levels look strong throughout. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression and grain looks natural.

This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD stereo in English. Dialog always clear and everything sounds balanced. Also there are no issues with background noise or distortion and range wise this audio mix does a great with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack.

This release comes with no extra content. Overall Lord of the Flies gets a solid audio / video presentation from Olive Films.

Note: Olive Films are also releasing this film on DVD.

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