Great Adaptations: The Criterion Collection

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Great Adaptations: The Criterion Collection

The Criterion Collection, a continuing series of important classic and contemporary films, presents four classic literary adaptations together in a single box set:

Great Expectations:

One of the great translations of literature into film, David Lean's, Great Expectations brings Charles Dickens' masterpiece to robust onscreen life. Pip, Magwitch, Miss Havisham, and Estella populate Lean's magnificent miniature, beautifully photographed by Guy Green and designed by John Bryan.

Lord of the Flies:

Lord of the Flies is famed theater director Peter Brook's daring translation of William Golding's brilliant novel. The story of 30 English schoolboys stranded on an uncharted island at the start of the next war, Lord of the Flies is a seminal film of the New American Cinema and a fascinating anti-Hollywood experiment in location filmmaking. As the cast relived Golding's frightening fable, Brook found the cinematic evidence of the author's terrifying thesis: there is a beast in us all.

The Most Dangerous Game:

One of the best and most literate movies from the great days of horror, The Most Dangerous Game stars Leslie Banks as a big game hunter with a taste for the world's most exotic prey?his houseguests, played by Fay Wray and Joel McCrea. Before making history with 1933's King Kong, filmmakers Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack wowed audiences with their chilling adaptation of this Richard Connell short story. Criterion is proud to present the DVD premiere of The Most Dangerous Game in a new digital transfer.

Oliver Twist:

Expressionistic noir photography suffuses David Lean's Oliver Twist with a nightmarish quality, fitting its bleak, industrial setting. In Dickens' classic tale, an orphan wends his way from cruel apprenticeship to den of thieves in search of a true home in cruel nineteenth-century London.

The Criterion Collection is proud to present Great Adaptations, a delight for admirers of both literature and cinema.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 02 2004
  • Production Year 1932
  • Empire SKU 616386
  • UPC Code 037429200223
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 4
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Great Expectations:

The original theatrical trailer

Lord of the Flies:

New, pristine digital transfer, with fully restored image and sound

Audio commentary by director Peter Brook, producer Lewis Allen, director of photography Tom Hollyman, and cameraman/editor Gerald Feil

Excerpts from the novel, read by author William Golding

A deleted scene, with a reading by Golding and commentary

Original theatrical trailer, with commentary

Production scrapbook, home movies, and outtakes

Excerpts from Gerald Feil’s 1972 documentary The Empty Space, showing Brook’s methods for creating theater

The Most Dangerous Game:

Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder

Oliver Twist:

The original theatrical trailer


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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