Return to the Blue Lagoon

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

After losing his parents, a young boy winds up in the care of a kind widow, who raises him along with her own young daughter. But all three of them soon find themselves in serious danger, when an accident on the high seas causes them to become shipwrecked, which is bad news and could cost them their lives. The woman tries to raise the children to be civilized even so, but all her Bible lessons and talks about proper manners often seem lost on them, especially on the young orphan child. Soon however, the two children have grown into young adults and of course, that means certain changes happen in them both. As the woman died when they were just eight, the two have become very close and since they only have each other, their bond seems unbreakable and grows stronger with each passing hour. As time passes, the two fall in love and begin a romance of pure bliss, including a formal wedding ceremony to make it all official. It seems as though this island paradise has all the young lovers need to exist in peace & harmony, but then a ship arrives and their world is thrown into chaos. The outsiders bring temptation, danger, and perhaps an end to the couple, but will their true love overcome?

As the title so implies, this film takes us back to the place where Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins once romped, though things are different this time around. Aside from a few variances, such as actors, subtle plot devices, and a new end sequence, this runs just like the original, which means this is more of a remake, as opposed to a sequel. That should be common knowledge however, but to anyone expecting a continuation of the original Blue Lagoon, you’re sniffing the wrong tree here, as no such sequel exists. It has a connection with the original, but it still plays more like a remake, to be sure. I have to think most people will prefer the original, as it has a stronger sense of true innocence, better performances, and more heartfelt emotion, but damn, Milla Jovovich looks so hot, its hard to resist. I mean wow, she is unbelievable in all of her films, but here, she wears next to nothing the entire time and she alone is worth the price of admission here. The romance angle plays out well, but as I mentioned, lacks the depth, realism, and genuine texture of the original, though it does better than you might assume. So if you’re a fan of the original and long for a return, this is your chance. But then again, this DVD is not the ticket to that return, as Columbia has forsaken its audience and issued a full frame only release. So while the movie makes a nice diversion, Columbia’s release simply isn’t worth the time, effort, or hard earned cash.

Video: How does it look?

Return to Blue Lagoon is presented in a full frame transfer, which is a butchered version of the intended widescreen format. I am starting to get concerned over Columbia’s frequent full frame lapses, as they’re happening more often and in this case, half the film’s appeal is in the visuals, so why alter the filmmakers’ intentions? The image here is clean and sharp, but when you figure in the lack of an original aspect ratio presentation, even fans should steer clear of this one. On a pure technical scale, the image here rates a tad above average, but then again, I doubt anyone wants a full frame edition of such a lavish visual picture.

Audio: How does it sound?

Not a lot to talk about here, the included 2.0 surround option is decent, but doesn’t offer much more than the basics. It does spark enough to garner and above average score, but don’t expect an immersive experience from Return to the Blue Lagoon. I expected more out of this mix, given the tropical background and such, but this is a basic, standard presentation. The material doesn’t demand much however, so in the end, it all seems to work out well enough. The music sounds good, the sound effects come across in decent form, and dialogue is never hard to understand. This disc also includes Spanish subtitles, in case you’ll need those. This disc also includes a Portuguese language track, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese, should you need those.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.

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