|Formats:||12 DVD, 15 Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Barry Donnelly, Noelene Brown, John Meillon, Jenny Agutter, Lucien John, John Illingsworth, Peter Carver|
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 Nov 2007|
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Gday Mate!By Clucky from Cardiff, Wales , 14 Jul 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Two children (Agutter and John) are left in the middle of the Australian outback after their father tries unsuccessfully to shoot them and then turns the gun on his self. Fortunately, an Aboriginal boy (Gulpilil) discovers them on his Walkabout, a traditional rite of passage where the young male learns to live off the land. Despite their attempts to maintain an air of social etiquette, the two children are exposed to a primal environment where their food is killed by hand and natural resources are skilfully utilised. With its combination of innovative editing, breathtaking landscape cinematography and wistful soundtrack (John Barry), Walkabout is truly a sensory treat. Under the skilful direction of Roeg the film is constantly kept alive, with each frame continually being filled new and wonderful imagery. The lack of real action and plot may off put some people but those who enjoy films for their visual flair (Picnic of Hanging Rock for example) will certainly enjoy this title. Of course if you are an older viewer then you can also relive the rather guilty pleasure of viewing the rather seductive Agutter wandering around in, and out, of a school uniform . 5/5
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adventure trailBy a customer , 13 Dec 2012seen walkabout before on t v however the experience of whatching on blue ray was superb beautifull senery and a wonderfull story will rent again may even buy
Good film, but poor DVD - wait for a better transfer.By Roga (15 reviews) from London , 28 Apr 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]This is the 96 minute UK cinema version of the film,which had some scenes cut. It is also a below average transfer to DVD, and I'm not sure that it is properly encoded: On my Sony Blu Ray player the picture was not full screen & I ended up having to 'zoom' to get it full screen with loss of quality.
In the US there is a 100 minute director's cut on Blu Ray from a recent high quality transfer which has received good reviews for picture quality.
The original film is a wonderful film (hence my 4 star rating), and if the Blu Ray full version came out in the UK I would definitely watch again.
Postscript: I have since seen this on blu-ray and I gave the blu-ray version 5 stars.
Classy and thought-provoking, although also clearly of its timeBy a customer , 03 Mar 2012Get past the slightly dated feel and revel in a marvellous and intriguing film that shows an elegeic view of Australia. As the story progresses the sharp contrast between two types of civilisation becomes clearer. Worth 2 hours of anyone's time.
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Getting back to natureBy souvenir86 (28 reviews) from South East Kent , 25 Oct 2011A very powerful and atmospheric film back in the days when British cinema was constantly innovative, one of Nicholas Roeg's best!
Enfants not TerribleBy russio (158 reviews) from Harlow , 23 Aug 2010A well-known film but interesting nonetheless. Civilisation vs nature - a warning to Australians or a reflection of their culture? Some nice touches of Roeg's directorial style that would be perfected two years later in Don't Look Now and continue to interest for at least a further decade. Strangely straightforward compared to some of this later fare but perhaps this is why it is one of his best-loved films?