Criterion Press Release: Lord of the Flies (DVD)

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    LORD OF THE FLIES – Blu-ray & DVD Editions
    In the hands of the renowned experimental theater director Peter Brook, William Golding’s legendary novel on 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.

    1963 • 90 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • 1.37:1 aspect ratio

    • New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by cameraman and editor Gerald Feil, 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 reading by Golding
    • Interview with Brook from 2008
    • Collection of behind-the-scenes material, featuring home movies, screen tests, outtakes, and stills
    • New interview with Feil
    • Excerpt from Feil’s 1972 documentary The Empty Space, showcasing Brook’s theater methods
    • Something Queer in the Warehouse, a piece composed of never-before-seen footage shot by the boy actors during production, with new voice-over by Tom Gaman, who played Simon
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Geoffrey Macnab and an excerpt from Brook’s book The Shifting Point

    TITLE: Lord of the Flies (2-DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2291D
    UPC: 7-15515-10831-7
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-754-8
    SRP: $29.95
    PREBOOK: 6/18/13
    STREET: 7/16/13

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