The Naked Prey (Criterion Collection) (Blu ray) [USA)

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Release Date: October 2, 2018
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Director: Cornel Wilde
Starring: Cornel Wilde, Gert van den Bergh, Ken Gampu, Patrick Mynhardt
  • United States
  • 1965
  • 95 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
  • Spine #415
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Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the 1960s and ’70s a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than The Naked Prey. In the early nineteenth century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends a group of South African hunters, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. A lone marksman (Wilde) is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he begins a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camera work and unflinchingly ferocious action sequences, The Naked Prey is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the concept of civilization.

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SPECIAL FEATURES

Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2007 by film scholar Stephen Prince
  • “John Colter’s Escape,” a 1913 written record of the trapper’s flight from Blackfoot Indians—which was the inspiration for The Naked Prey—read by actor Paul Giamatti
  • Original soundtrack cues created by director Cornel Wilde and ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey, along with a written statement by Tracey on the score
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and a 1970 interview with Wilde

 
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