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This Criterion Collection DVD edition of Nicolas Roeg's Walkabout isn't quite up to the Criterion Collection's usual high standards. Perhaps the print used for the DVD is the best the company could find, but the digital compression artifacts that litter the screen at times and the overly grainy texture of the visuals make for a huge disappointment. The picture jumps and shakes far too frequently during key scenes, becoming quite distracting at times. Despite the technically inferior transfer, the 1.77:1 widescreen presentation is filled with images that impress and shock. It's a testament to Roeg's ability to present startling imagery that the subpar digital transfer doesn't detract from the movie's visual majesty. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Audio is also a bit weak; the movie simply doesn't sound as dynamic as it should. Supplementary material consists of a feature-length audio commentary track, the long and short versions of the movie's theatrical trailer, and a scene selection menu. The commentary, featuring Roeg and star Jenny Agutter, is quite informative and worthwhile; it's interesting to learn what was going through Agutter's mind during the difficult film shoot, as she placed herself in the hands of Roeg's artistic sensibilities. A "Commentary Index" allows instant access to all of the DVD's 27 chapters via commentary-specific captions. Similarly, the "Chapters" feature allows access to the same chapters via captions relating the movie's content. The theatrical trailers are dated, condescending, and mildly humorous. It's unfortunate that Walkabout didn't fare better technically, as the DVD is otherwise quite good.
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Special Features

Commentary; Theatrical trailers
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Arguably director Nicolas Roeg's most enduring success, Walkabout is a complex, poetic cinematic experience. Roeg's overactive sense of symbolism is well-suited to the films themes of loneliness, alienation and social consciousness. Walkabout retains the director's offbeat style -- very little dialogue, shifting points of view, graphic, often shocking images, and an almost misanthropic world view -- but has a coherence and emotional depth missing from much of his later work. Though film's plot is often fascinating, it is Roeg's use of the camera -- both in broad strokes and minute observations -- that propels the film. He treats his characters as just one aspect of the sumptuous beauty and horror at play in the Australian outback.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/1998
  • UPC: 037429123225
  • Original Release: 1971
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.77:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jenny Agutter Girl
Lucien John Brother
David Gulpilil Aborigine
John Meillon Father
John Illingsworth Husband
Peter Carver No Hoper
Luc Roeg
Technical Credits
Nicolas Roeg Director, Cinematographer
John Barry Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward Bond Screenwriter
Brian Eatwell Production Designer
Antony Gibbs Editor
Terry Gough Art Director
Kevin Kavanagh Asst. Director
Si Litvinoff Producer
Warren Marley Songwriter
Billy Mitchell Songwriter
Alan Pattillo Editor
Max Raab Producer
Anthony Richmond Cinematographer
Rod Stewart Songwriter
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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Logos [:50]
2. Credits-"Hymnen" [:18]
3. The Wall [3:12]
4. Pool By The Sea [:57]
5. Picnic [3:25]
6. "Gasoline Alley" [4:12]
7. Radio on [3:13]
8. "It's The Sea!" [8:45]
9. Oasis [6:06]
10. The Boy [6:06]
11. Ancient Camels Of The Outback [4:31]
12. The Dead Doll [3:41]
13. The Limbs Of Ghost Gums [2:14]
14. Sunburn [2:43]
15. The Story Of A Boy On A Ladder [3:59]
16. The Painting Wall [:44]
17. Heat And Desire [2:51]
18. Ecstasy [4:16]
19. "Los Angeles" [1:47]
20. Plastic 'Roos [3:29]
21. Home Sweet Home [8:53]
22. Blood Lust [3:13]
23. Last Dance [7:12]
24. Suicide [2:58]
25. The Road To... [6:49]
26. In Her Mother's Shoes [1:49]
27. "The Shropshire Lad"- Final Credits [2:01]
Commentary
0. Commentary Index
1. The disclaimer [:50]
2. Short or feature? [:18]
3. Architecture and artificiality [3:12]
4. This beautiful ocean [:57]
5. Roeg's vision [3:25]
6. Nothing "just happened" [4:12]
7. Day-for-night in the country [3:13]
8. Who is Lucien John? [8:45]
9. Jenny takes the camera [6:06]
10. Tales of mud [6:06]
11. "Bizzare attitudes towards time" [4:31]
12. David's "nightdreams" [3:41]
13. Scene of sexual discovery [2:14]
14. The magician [2:43]
15. C-o-n-s-t-a-n-t-i-n-o-p-l-e [3:59]
16. A link to our orgins [:44]
17. Immigration policy [2:51]
18. The naked crew [4:16]
19. Roeg's happy childhood [1:47]
20. The grammer of film [3:29]
21. Civilization? [8:53]
22. Over-killing [3:13]
23. The coming-of-age ritual [7:12]
24. Eyes reflecting death [2:58]
25. Learning to drive [6:49]
26. Adjusting to Sydney [1:49]
27. Character secrets [2:01]
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   Menu Group #1 with 27 chapter(s) covering 01:40:26
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Commentary
      Menu Group #1 with 27 chapter(s) covering 01:40:26
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Theatrical Trailer: Long Version
Theatrical Trialer: Short Version
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