Naked Prey [Criterion Collection]

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Synopsis

In the bush country of South Africa in the late 19th century, chauvinistic hunter Gert vanDen Bergh calculatedly offends a local tribal chief. Given several opportunities, he refuses to apologize. As consequence, vanDen Bergh and the rest of his hunting party are captured by the tribesmen and grotesquely tortured to death. The only white man spared is safari-guide Cornel Wilde, whom the natives respect and vice versa. The tribesmen offer Wilde a chance to survive; stripping him naked and giving him a knife to defend himself, they set Wilde free in the jungle, in preparation of hunting him down like a lion. Given a head start equal to the distance one of the tribesman can fire an arrow, Wilde is pursued by the tribe's six most accomplished warriors. The rest of this thrill-a-minute film follows Wilde into the underbrush in his desperate, resourceful flight for life. Cornel Wilde's The Naked Prey was filmed entirely on location under circumstances nearly as dangerous as the plight of its protagonist. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Release Date
1/15/08 
Studio
Criterion
Length
1 hour, 36 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Video Features
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Stephen Prince
  • "John Colter's Escape," a 1913 record of the trapper's flight from Blackfoot Indians - which was the inspiration for The Naked Prey - read by Paul Giamatti
  • Original soundtrack cues created by director Cornel Wilde and ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey, along with a written statement by Tracey
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and a 1970 interview with Wilde
Number of Discs
1

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