Production Year: 1980 -Drama -Director: Randal Kleiser -Original Language: English -Classification: 15 years and over -Starring: Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins, Leo McKern, William Daniels - (On Ciao since: 11/2005)
Production Year: 1991 -Drama -Director: William A. Graham -Original Language: English -Classification: 15 years and over -Starring: Milla Jovovich, Brian Krause, Lisa Pelikan, Peter Hehir (On Ciao since: 10/2005)
In 1980, Randal Kleiser's remake of The Blue Lagoon had its critics well and truly divided. On the one hand adolescent nudity, however tasteful, was enough to...... more
In 1980, Randal Kleiser's remake of The Blue Lagoon had its critics well and truly divided. On the one hand adolescent nudity, however tasteful, was enough to give the censors the vapours. On the other, the story--essentially a reworking of Robinson Crusoe based on Stacpoole's Edwardian adventure novel with two young children as the castaways growing up on a desert island--seemed just too removed from reality. Kleiser set out to make "the ultimate South Seas film", and indeed the location shooting is a richly beautiful complement to the intimate tale of two young people coming to terms with their own adulthood. He teases out touching performances from Brooke Shields (Emmeline) and Christopher Atkins (Richard) as the marooned pair, and a nicely ambivalent cameo from Leo McKern as Paddy, the ship's cook who gets them set up on the island before rum gets the better of him. A stilted script helps none of them. But the moments of awkward self-discovery and dawning sexuality are handled with a tenderness which ultimately triumphs over some of the more implausible elements: Shields' perpetually manicured nails, for example, or the fact that she unexpectedly gives birth without breaking sweat. To say nothing of the pair's extraordinary home-building skills, which would have been beyond the remit of the average Edwardian governess to teach. Today, for all its efforts to be taken seriously as a tale of preserved innocence and discovery, it succeeds best as a good old-fashioned adventure. On the DVD: This widescreen presentation positively bulges with extras. A choice of director's commentaries means that you can hear Randal Kaiser (who had previously directed Grease) reminiscing in fine detail with writer Douglas Day Stewart, and both Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. Some might think this overkill for a non-landmark film, but the discussions are genuinely interesting. The film was clearly a formative experience in Shields' adolescent career --she has also provided an album of personal snapshots as another extra--and it is fascinating to hear her talk about it from her current position as a star of sophisticated television sitcom. The crystal-clear digital remastering and anamorphic stereo picture and sound quality of the main film don't extend to this scratchy, sometimes inaudible documentary. --Piers Ford
Iceland is an island born of fire and ice with white glaciers, black beaches and green meadows: a land of geysers, waterfalls and volcanoes. Reykjavik is set...... more
Iceland is an island born of fire and ice with white glaciers, black beaches and green meadows: a land of geysers, waterfalls and volcanoes. Reykjavik is set amid a fascinating landscape, a metropolis on the outermost edge of civilisation and the world's northernmost capital city. A little outside the city is an attraction that is a meeting place for one and all, The Blue Lagoon, the largest bath tub in the world! The mineral water it contains has a temperature of forty degrees centigrade and the milky-blue pool has been proven to possess beneficial healing qualities. Southeast of The Blue Lagoon is Hveragerdi that is set within an idyllic valley. Due to its protected location and numerous thermal springs, in 1929 a garden city originated there and within its many greenhouses grow vegetables, fruit and exotic flowers. The small coastal picturesque village of Vik with its few houses and around three hundred inhabitants is located in a valley close to a bay. The mystical looking rocks seem to protect this place that has the most rainfall in what is an already rainy region and above which the rain clouds are often alive with both thunder and lightning. Iceland is a fascinating world of water, fire and ice and full of breathtaking beauty and overwhelming contrast. It is one of the last natural paradises on Earth.
Germany released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Short Film,...... more
Germany released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The Krcal family, Herbert and Margit, dream of their own home. On the second Saturday of each month, they visit their world of dreams, the "Blue Lagoon," with their son Phillipp. The "Blue Lagoon" is a subdivision of prefabricated houses in the south of Vienna. Afterwards, they discuss their plans in their rented apartment, which is on the busiest street in Vienna. Two hundred and eighty square feet on the fourth floor, no elevator, windows facing the street. Herbert grosses 18,000 schillings (about $1500) per month, plus a few thousand more with overtime. Margit is a housewife with modest needs. Phillipp wants a mountain bike. A parking space for the new Mazda diesel costs almost 1800 schillings monthly, and a savings agreement will mature next year, ending the family's money-saving marathon. A balance of 135,221 schillings, and they will collect 440,000 schillings. That would pay for the basement. But not for the land and the house itself. Or they could buy a mobile home. For their parking space. Meier, who works with Herbert, grosses only 16,000 schillings monthly, but he owns a house. And an old station wagon. Meier spent weekend after weekend renovating his old farmhouse, and now it's finished. Meier is smart, all right. Herbert decides to get smart himself and buys a small farmhouse Hinterholz 8; it's dilapidated but terribly romantic. The Krcal's dream of owning a house comes true. ...Hinterholz 8
Advantages: Endearing, Captivating, Stunninig scenery, Disadvantages: Some missing links,
...for being boring and too fake I remained on the side of appreciating it for what it was and really enjoyed watching it.
I had not seen The Blue Lagoon for many years but remembered it fondly so when I saw it online to buy at a bargain price tag I could hardly refuse, I looked forward to watching one of my favourite 80s movies again after so long, and was curious to find out if I still felt the same...
Advantages: Refreshing, tastes lovely ice cold, cheap Disadvantages: Not the same as my favourite blue lagoon mix
...I enjoy a drink in the evening after putting my daughter to bed. I don't go out often and this is the next best thing. Nothing better than sitting down with a drink and rubbish tv or a film. Blue lagoon is my cocktail of choice when I do manage to get a night out and when I spotted this in my local Asda I decided to give it a try.
Caribbean twist is available to buy from Asda either in store...
Advantages: Efficiently run and state-of-the-art Disadvantages: Expensive, subject to the weather
...During my recent trip to Iceland I made a visit to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is probably one of Iceland's most famous attractions. It is a geothermally heated outdoor pool in which you can bathe, the average temperature of the water being 37-39 degrees Celsius (98-102 Farenheit). Heated water near a lava flow is taken from the ground, used to run turbines that generate electricity in...