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The Blue Lagoon (Special Edition) (1980)

Brooke Shields , Christopher Atkins , Randal Kleiser  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels, Elva Josephson
  • Directors: Randal Kleiser
  • Writers: Douglas Day Stewart, Henry De Vere Stacpoole
  • Producers: Randal Kleiser, Richard Franklin
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 1999
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K3D1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Blue Lagoon (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • An original making-of featurette
  • Brooke Shields' photo album from the film's shooting

Editorial Reviews

The lush beauty and splendor of a South Pacific paradise is vividly captured in this version of Henry DeVere Stacpoole's 1903 novel. Two small children and a ship's cook survive a shipwreck and find safety on an idyllic tropical island. Soon, however, the cook dies and the young boy and girl are left on their own. Days become years and Emmeline (Brooke Shields) and Richard (Christopher Atkins) make a home for themselves surrounded by exotic creatures and nature's beauty. They learn to cope with the bewildering variety of physical changes that come with adolescence. And as they begin to mature, their childhood affections lead to a sensitive and more profound love and the birth of a child. But will they ever see civilization again?

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126 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet love story December 23, 2004
Format:DVD
In 1980, when this film was released, there was quite a bit of controversy, most of it ill-founded. There were complaints about incest, but the two children are not brother and sister: Emmeline clearly addresses Arthur Lestrange as Uncle, while Richard calls him Father, so the closest they could be is cousins, and the use of Uncle may have been conventional (indicating guardianship) rather than literal. There were complaints about showing a 14-year-old actress nude, but they used body doubles for all of the nude scenes (Brooke Shields spends some of the commentary pointing which body double was used for which scene).

I'd guess that opinion about this film polarises into about three camps. There are those who are shocked / scandalised (let's hope they don't buy the DVD and be shocked and scandalised all over again). There are those who are titillated by the nudity (such a shock for them to learn that they are looking at a 30-year-old woman, rather than a 14-year-old!). And then there are those who can see past all that to the sweet, innocent love story that the film is really all about.

The plot is fairly straightforward. A man, Arthur Lestrange (William Daniels), is taking two children, Emmeline (Elva Josephson) and Richard (Glenn Kohan), from Boston to San Francisco by sailing ship around the turn of the century (the date is not specified). Because the Panama Canal doesn't exist yet, they must travel right down to the bottom of South America to get around. After rounding the bottom, there's a fire aboard - something that is a serious concern, but in this case it is worse, because it is in a hold containing blasting powder, so the passengers are rowed away from the ship.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Natual Love-Brooke Shields finest February 23, 2003
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The Blue Lagoon is a true classic, never have I seen a film shot as beautifully as this one. It is a true story about natual love, the discovery of one's self, their bodies, their confusing feelings for one another as they hit man and womanhood. This film deals with a lot of issues- growing up on their own on a deserted island, their sexuality, masterbation, menstration, sex,parenthood. This film is wonderful. Never have I really seen a film that's not set in civillisation but is so entertaining for one but the story is just beautiful, and Brooke Shields as Emmeline and Christopher Atkins as Richard are fantastic. The musical score is truely beautiful and makes me feel a range of emotions. The first time I saw this film I was so fasinated by it, and was about the same age as the characters so I could relate to some of the emotions they were going through, the confusion of everything. Anyone thinking about buying this film-Go for it- You woun't regret it. As for the fans who have loved this film throught out the years, it was worth the wait. The Extras on the DVD are excellent. The two commentaries are very informative and I love listening to the Brooke Shields track and hearing her insight about the film and that time the film came out. It's also interesting looking at her own personal photo album and the featurette from 1980 is very interesting.This film will always be one of my favourites.-Brooke Shields is just beautiful and is one of the best actress' of her generation.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle story of discovery and love June 9, 2006
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When Blue Lagoon came out in the theatres, I was 17, and my parents refused to allow me to see it. It wasn't until I was 29, married and had cable that I finally watched this contraversial film. While I still think it more appropriate for the actors to have been 18 years old, rather than 14, due to the mature themes and nudity, this is not your hot and sweaty sex movie. You can get that from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and just about any daytime/primetime TV, these days. What the story is about is 2 cousins, eventually left on their own, trying to survive in an Eden-like paradise, with the innocence of children and the natural curiosities that adolescence brings on. They love, gently and affectionately, they have a child, they are content. When a ship nears, they make a mutual decision to remain on the island and not try to be rescued. In a word, they are complete. While the acting overall was pretty pathetic, and the script trite in many places, there were some poignant moments; Em "meeting" God and laying flowers at his feet so they would not make Him mad and would go to Heaven. Richard contemplating the bleached skeleton of Paddy and realizing his own eventual fate, as well as that of Em and his son. The mutual decisions not to be saved, as well as saying farewell to each other after eating poison berries, when accidently drifting out to sea. One cannot but be heartbroken when they are found asleep, rather than dead, because there will be no place in society for them. They belong in paradise, and the director should have let them die. Even the music becomes sad rather than jubilant. Scenery gorgeous, a beautiful score, acting fairly bad. So, why do we keep returning to Blue Lagoon? Because wouldn't we all like to be marooned on a gorgeous tropical island with our perfect love and be left to live simple and fulfilling lives in paradise? 5 stars for the idea, 2-3 for acting, so gave it a 4.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's nothing more beautiful than Nature itself. February 7, 2003
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There couldn't be a more beautiful movie than this one. It completely shows the way of human nature. When discussing philosophy and how some things work in this world, I refer to this movie so much. What is so true about the movie is that everything that happens in it is natural, innocent, and pure. Some might disagree with the content of the movie, well if someone can't handle nudity, they shouldn't be watching it.(that includes children) If you feel that it is appropriate for a child then let them see it. I first saw this movie at the age of 12 and thought it was a touching story. Some people might say that it's a dirty movie with it's sex scenes, but the beauty of the movie is that it was a natural experience where they weren�t having sex to "do it", but because they loved each other, and that's more beautiful than anything.
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4.0 out of 5 stars shipwrecked
an adventure set on an island in the sea. children and an adult cast adrift. land on a island. the adult teaches the children basics of survival. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by mitchell martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic, a gott have!
Published 5 days ago by Lisa Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars The basics
naked beauty and truth
Published 22 days ago by Karl Loren
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this as a gift. They loved it very much. Watched it as soon as they got it.
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love this movie...
Published 29 days ago by Debora Green
3.0 out of 5 stars Lame except for Brooke
Watching Brooke Shields in her beauty and youth is worth the price of the film. But that's about it. Its hokey
and lame as a story.

The scenery is gorgeous. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Linda J. Schiller-Hanna
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a classic
I bought this for my son and his family. They enjoyed it so much they watched it about 5 times in one day. Loved the scenery. Beaches were beautiful!
Published 1 month ago by arlene hougland
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie!
When I heard about this movie, I thought this must be the re-enactment of Adam and Eve. I was really surprise that they actually let Brooke played a mature role when she was only... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story Line. Enjoyable Movie.
This is a great movie with survival, love & a desire to survive in the wilderness all built into one. Could two young people really survive this way? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Raye
5.0 out of 5 stars Packaged well, delivered fast!
The blue lagoon is one of my favorites! I couldn't find it in Andy of the stores so I finally bought it off here it a good movie, and a good price!
Published 2 months ago by Shyla
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