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"Walkabout" - {Blu-ray}
Wayne Klein
Studio: Criterion
Release Date:
May 18, 2010
Special Features:

See Below


Nicolas Roeg's second film (and his first as a solo director)"Walkabout" a pair of children (Jenny Agutter and Luc Roeg)are forced to survive in the Australian outback when their clinically depressed father tries to murder them and, failing to do so, kills himself. The children encounter an Aborigine on Walkabout who ends up befriending them and helping them to survive.***

A well made drama "Walkabout" gives the young actress Jenny Agutter ("An American Werewolf in London", "Logan's Run") a chance to shine as a middle class girl who suddenly finds herself in an alien landscape both beautiful and sinister. The coming-of-age story that results and resulting culture clash/similarities are fascinating to watch in Roeg's film and prefigures what we see in later films such as "The Man Who Fell To Earth" and even, to some degree, "Don't Look Now".***

Image & Sound:

The Criterion edition of the film looks quite nice. Colors are quite strong throughout with impressive looking clear blue skies and shots that don't suggest the are of the film. Detail is quite nice as well although keep in mind that the film is over 40 years old. The transfer has been redone for the Blu-ray from 35mm interpositive according to the notes in the booklet and director Roeg himself approved the transfer.***

Audio is an uncompressed mono track and sounds quite nice.***

Special Features:

The special features are quite nice; we get an essay by Paul Ryan, an insightful and trivia filled commentary track (recorded in 1996 for the laserdisc edition)done by director Roeg and actress Agutter.***

We also get video interviews with Agutter and her co-star Luc Roeg. We also get a documentary on actor David Gulpilil. Finally the last item as part of this set is the original theatrical trailer for the film.***

Final Words:

Recommended. ***


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