Walkabout [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1971]

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  • Release Date: 05/18/2010
  • Rating: NR
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features


  • Disc One: Audio commentary featuring Roeg and actress Jenny Agutter
  • Disc Two: Video interviews with Agutter and actor Luc Roeg
  • Gulpill - One Red Blood (2002), an hour-long documentary on the life and career of actor David Gulpilil
  • Theatrical trailer

Synopsis


Walkabout
The contrast between modern, urban civilization and life in the natural world lies at the heart of Nicolas Roeg's visually dazzling drama Walkabout. In broad outline, the plot might resemble a standard fish-out-of-water tale: two city children become stranded in the Australian outback, and struggle to find their way back to civilization with the help of a friendly aborigine boy. But Roeg and screenwriter Edward Bond are concerned with far more than the average wilderness drama, as a shocking act of violence near the story's beginning makes clear. This is particularly true in regards to the relationship between the white children and the aborigine boy, who ultimately develops a troubled romantic attraction towards the older sister. Obviously intended as a statement on the exploitation of the natural world and native cultures by European civilization, the film nevertheless maintains an evocative vagueness that usually -- but not always -- favors poetry over didacticism. Most importantly, the film's justifiably acclaimed cinematography is likely to sway even those who find fault with the film's narrative and message. The shift between the sterile city images and the truly stunning, beautifully composed Australian landscapes provide the film's single best argument, making the film a vivid and convincing experience. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jenny Agutter
    Jenny Agutter - Girl
  • Lucien John
    Lucien John - Brother
  • David Gulpilil
    David Gulpilil - Aborigine
  • John Meillon
    John Meillon - Father
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    John Illingsworth - Husband



Customer rating

4.8
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    one of the absolutely best cult classics.

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    Albion4
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    I regret that it took 40+ years before viewing this film, but it was most certainly worth the wait. It was also wonderful to see the (then) young Jenny Agutter and compare her with her present day roles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Walk with Roeg

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    Rush2112
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    the trademarks of a solid Roeg picture are here. fans of Roeg no doubt will own or have seen this, and for a newcomer this will take you on avante-garde sojourn thru a time when creativity reigned in film-making.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this movie

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    TyTy
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    Beautiful movie and a great criterion blu-ray. Would recommend

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Haunting

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    Manhattanite
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    Haunting, disturbing meditation on the clash of culture/ and heartbreaking consequences.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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