The Blue Lagoon (Special Edition)
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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?
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Randal Kleiser
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Release date : October 5, 1999
- Actors : Christopher Atkins, Brooke Shields, William Daniels, Leo McKern
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
- Producers : Randal Kleiser
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
- Studio : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00000K3D1
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #73,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Worth a look alone for the beautiful scenes of the island (Fiji), the animals, and the glossy magazine-cover bodies of the two young leads. Has there ever been a more stunning teen than Brooke Shields? Doubtful this movie would get made today as the country seems to have moved back to the Victorian era in regards to sexuality.
Chris and Brooke do a marvelous acting job in this. It was so believeable that I just know they are really living their parts. They are innocence at it's best and the nude shots are so well done that you don't feel creepy or weird while watching them do whatever life brings them. It was all so well done that it was all so sweet as it could be. Again, not much creepiness anywhere in this film except for the headhunter scenes which I could have done without. I read about Robinson Cruso and so it took me back to those awful parts in that book. But, that was soon forgotten when a sunset appeared or a shot under the ocean took my mind off the gruesomeness of life. There is darkness in life but this movie lets one take a trip to a Pacific Islands and leave all worries behind for a while and just dream about being there. I watch it for that reason. It takes me away from the mundanness of my day and I am swept away. I love it!
I found it quiet tasteful and thought the acting was wonderful.
I wish it had a different ending personally but the movie was beautifully executed and definitely worth a watch.
This movie is filled with the innocence of youth, the turbulence of adolescence, and the problems of becoming a a parent. A wonderful film and not vulgar by today's standards.
***This from someone who hates watching romance films. ***
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The developing relationship between the two children, portrayed for most of the film by Christopher Atkins and Brooke Shields, is what drives the movie. Shields offers a standout performance - and, as there's sexual content, this was something of a risqué undertaking (as she was only 14 at the time of filming). The island setting is incredibly beautiful, aided by the fact that the movie was filmed on an actual Blue Lagoon in Malta.
The Blu-ray comes with a DVD. This is the full-screen version (there is a widescreen version available, but it's not included here). There's a number of bonus features, including a 'making of' featurette. The picture quality is not great, and I think that the original negative requires a good clean. Nonetheless, this is still a joy to watch - and I recommend it.
The sound on this new blu-ray is wonderful with surround used to great effect be it the sea crashing agenst rocks or the jungle inners of the island. For me the sound was such an improvement compared to the earlier DVD release it was worth the cost of buying the Blu-ray in itself. The sound is only DTS-HD master audio 5:1, however its mastered so well you will not miss Atmos channels.
The picture quality is a large step up from the earlier DVD release, however for me many of the daytime sky shots have a bit to much dancing film grain. However the colours and the sharpness of the rest of the film is excellent. The biggest improvements to the picture are in the underwater and night time shots.
The blu rays menu is very basic and slightly let's down a nearly perfect viewing experance.
I was pleasantly surprised at this film, probably because of all the slating it has received from critics about poor storyline, trite dialogue and bad acting.
It's a beautiful, gorgeous romantic movie and I highly recommend it. Just don't expect action or suspense; this is a leisurely romance with emphasis on characterization and themes of growing up, isolation, friendship, love, parenthood, life and death.
There are lots of plot inconsistencies but no movie is completely flawless. Just ignore them and enjoy the story. The acting isn't perfect but better than I expected from both leads. Imagine my surprise when I realized Atkins was Golden-Globe nominated for his role. It must make up for his following career nadir :-)