The Blue Lagoon (Special Edition)
|Format||Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Subtitled, Dolby, Widescreen See more|
|Runtime||1 hour and 45 minutes|
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
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 68.04 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : Relay Time: 104 min
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, Anamorphic, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Release date : 5 October 1999
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Georgian
- 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
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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.
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.
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 :-)