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Lord Of The Flies (1990)

review by Zach B.


Rated R

Running Time: 90 minutes

Starring Balthazar Getty, Chris Furrh

Screenplay by Sara Schiff
Based on the novel by Sir William Golding

Directed by Harry Hook

Studio: MGM

Retail Price: $14.98

Features: None

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Stereo Surround, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selections (16 Scenes)

Oh, "Lord Of The Flies"... this takes me back. I had to read it going into my freshman year of high school. I didn't think it was a terrible book, but rather, an overrated one. While it's themes of isolation, the darkness of the human heart and others are incredible, I always felt the characters needed some more development and there needed to be a little more "umph" to the book. Too bad for us that the 1990 film adaption doesn't improve on the book, but rather, ruins it. For those who don't know what the story is about, or who have been out of school for a bit, I'll refresh your memories:

Boys from a military academy are deserted on an isolated island all by themselves. They try to survive, but greed and their own sense of wild, savage government divides them into two graph. The sensible Ralph heads one, while the arrogant, mean-spirited and arrogant Jack leads the other. Basically, it's a battle of good versus evil, how ultimate freedom can never be a good thing and exposes the darkness of mens heart. Their symbolisms, like the conch and others... but I don't feel I should explain them. Read the book. This movie doesn't try hard enough to capture the themes or get them across truly.

This adaption is lame. It feels like a mess, and at a brisk pace, it really fails to capture what the book was all about. Terrible development. It misses a good deal of important scenes, doesn't go far enough and feels like a rambled mess that was slapped together in a matter of days. It tries to be artsy, and while it has good shots, it falls flat. Harry Hook (whatever happened to him?) just misses so much here... while Sara Schiff's adaption is mediocre at best. The acting is downright terrible, the kids are annoying and it feels a bit fake. I really could just go on and on and bash this adaption. But no, I won't. See the 1960s version (in a stellar Criterion release) of the movie, or, better yet, read the book.

The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. It's pretty good. It can be a bit fuzzy during the night scenes, and blemishes as well as pieces of dirt do pop up. Despite these little instances, this transfer is quite strong. Black levels are deep, detail is very good, and the colors are bold and really vibrant. This transfer does pop right at you, as it features fine color saturation. No bleeding or smearing, this is one fine transfer. And no edge enhancment!

English closed captions, Spanish subtitles, French subtitles and an English Stereo Surround track, which is surprisingly strong. There's a good balance to this mix. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, and nothing overpowers it. No hiss or distortion either. The opening scene sounds particuarly well and brings some activity, while the more "intense" scenes have a good deal of life to them. Philippe Sarde's scre also sounds good. Fidelity is also rather high. Overall, not bad!

Nothing at all! WOWZA. No commentary? No background on the book? That's right! Nothing at all to give you more insight on the book or this lousy adaption! And you won't even find a keep case insert!

This is truly one of the worst book adaptions I've ever seen on film. But if you like it and must own this version, go right ahead. It's not a bad deal though. You won't find any supplementary material, but the presentation is very good. The price is fine too. Considering you can snag this for about 10 dollars, it is worth it for fans of the movie. Everyone else... STAY AWAY FOR THE LOVE G-D.

(1.5/5 - NOT included in final score)




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