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A young sister and brother are abandoned in the harsh Australian outback and must learn to exist in the natural world, without their usual comforts, in this hypnotic masterpiece from Nicolas Roeg (Dont Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth). Along the way, they meet a young aborigine on his walkabout, a rite of passage in which adolescent boys are initiated into manhood by journeying into the wilderness alone. Walkabout is a thrilling adventure as well as a provocative rumination on time and civilization.
Very few films achieve a kind of subliminal greatness with cross-cultural impact, but Walkabout is one of those films--a visual tone poem that functions more as an allegory than a conventionally plotted adventure. Considered a cult favorite for years, Nicolas Roeg's 1971 film--about two British children who are rescued in the Australian outback by a young aborigine--was originally released in the U.S. with an R rating, edited from its European length of 100 minutes. In 1997, the film was fully restored to its director's cut, and in its remastered video and DVD release, it's now wisely unrated (as Roeg had always intended) but still suitable for viewers of all ages. For parents this is a rare opportunity to treat well-supervised children (ages 5 and over) to an adventure that won't insult their intelligence, presenting scenes of frontal nudity and the hunting of animals in a context that invites valuable discussion and introspection. Through exquisite cinematography and a story of subtle human complexity, the film continues to resonate on many thematic and artistic levels. Roeg had always intended it to be a cautionary morality tale, in which the limitations and restrictions of civilization become painfully clear when the two children (played by Jenny Agutter and Roeg's young son, Lucien John) cannot survive without the aborigine's assistance. They become primitives themselves, if only temporarily, while the young aborigine proves ultimately and tragically unable to join the "family" of civilization. With its story of two worlds colliding, Walkabout now seems like a film for the ages, hypnotic and open to several compelling levels of interpretation. In addition to presenting the film in its original 1.77:1 aspect ratio, the Criterion Collection DVD of Walkabout includes a variety of bonus features, including a full-length commentary by Nicolas Roeg and Jenny Agutter, original theatrical trailers, and an essay by critic Roger Ebert. --Jeff Shannon
Package quality is tops, price and delivery was good. I saw this movie many years ago and it left an indelible impression on me. Read morePublished 18 days ago by ronbo
Saw this movie years ago, started my obsession with Austrlia, the sceneries and wildlife in this movie is really great, stories line is very quirky.Published 2 months ago by Deborah Mintz
If one enjoys Jenny Agutter acting I suggest you buy this DVD.. It's one of the great motion pictures of this century.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sammy Zippo
The film was not that great and the quality of the bluray was less than impressive.Published 4 months ago by alex marceaux
They actually showed this to us in school, 7th grade or something? I can't recall the exact year. Yes, Jenny naked and us boys loved it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Thomas M. Kensil
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Maybe it's because the Blu-ray version of this movie has serious glitches? I've ordered two so far, and had to return both. Waiting for some sort of info from amazon stating Criterion has fixed this problem with "Walkabout"s Blu-ray release.
Jun 24, 2010 by Phil Stout | See all 2 posts
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Any words of them fixing the corrupt DVD?
I ordered the blue-ray DVD, twice, tried to get it work. But twice it goes bad at about 48 min. Really wanted to see the film. Willing to try again.
Oct 23, 2013 by Crystal Chen | See all 2 posts
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