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Criterion Collection: Naked Prey [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Cornel Wilde , Gert van den Bergh , Cornel Wilde    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cornel Wilde, Gert van den Bergh, Ken Gampu, Patrick Mynhardt, Bella Randles
  • Directors: Cornel Wilde
  • Writers: Clint Johnston, Don Peters
  • Producers: Cornel Wilde, Sven Persson
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Restored, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XPSC0M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,372 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornel Wilde is `Man,' and Man is The Naked Prey 25 July 2008
`A hundred years ago, Africa was a vast, dark unknown. Only a few explorers and missionaries, the ivory hunters and the infamous slave traders risked their lives on its blood-soaked trails. Gleaming tusks were the prize and sweating slaves, sold by their own kings and chiefs in the ceaseless tribal wars or seized by slavers. The lion and the leopard hunted savagely among the huge herds of game. And man, lacking the will to understand other men, became like the beasts, and their way of life was his.'

Cornel Wilde is `Man,' and Man is The Naked Prey. How tough is Cornel Wilde? Not only could he star in a film that sees him chased across a hostile environment by murderous tribesmen but could direct it as well in a primitive location in terrible conditions while seriously ill. While not the world's greatest actor he's the right physical presence for the part: there's something primal enough about him to convince as the kind of man who, when spattered with the blood of an enemy, just rubs it in rather than brushes it off. Indeed, Wilde was even planning to make a sequel decades later while dying of cancer.

Based on John Coulter's escape from Blackfoot tribesmen during the Lewis and Clark expedition and originally intended as a Western before South African tax breaks prompted a change of locale, it's a simple story well told. Wilde is leading an ivory hunting safari that, thanks to callous employer Gert Van Der Berg, falls foul of Ken Gampu's tribesmen, who later attack them and deal out various imaginative tortures and deaths to all except Wilde, who shows no fear. Reasoning that because he looks like a lion, he deserves a lion's death, they give him a chance: stripped naked and completely unarmed, they'll give him a head start before chasing after him and killing him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Go Wilde in the Country 24 April 2008
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'The Naked Prey' is the story of one man's battle with the wild and the wilderness, with nothing but his wits as a weapon.
Not a very complex plot, but its simplicity is one of its (many) major strengths.
There's few secondary characters; no sub-plots; no asinine, pointless romances; simply a visceral, survival-at-any-cost chase to the death through the jungles and plains of undiscovered Africa.

Directed with some energy by former matinee idol, Cornel Wilde, 'TNP' is a rugged, belligerent story of one man's will against apparently insurmountable odds.

Briefly, it's the tale of a safari leader, who, having seen his expedition ritually slaughtered by a delighted and jubilant bush tribe, is given a chance for freedom. He's stripped and given a head-start before chosen warriors set off in chase with the sole intention of running him through with eye-wateringly nasty spears.
To survive he must become as savage as his pursuers and this is his greatest disadvantage - savagery comes natural to them.

It's not a perfect film and it's main flaw is the presence of Wilde himself both on and off screen: his is a suitably intense performance, not without vital humour, but after a solid first hour or so, his film gives way to typical Hollywood cop-out. He rescues a native child from some splendidly swarthy Arab types slave traders, and then is saved from a river by another child whom he befriends.
The film goes off at a complete tangent here when it should press on to its climax. As Wilde is the only white person with any respect or understanding of the natives, it's hardly a turnabout when one of them helps him. It seems contrived to calm the film down a bit; lessen the impact of some of the brutality we've endured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece. 30 Nov 2013
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The copy I received,titled 'Thai NTSC import',has English and Thai soundtracks and Thai sub titles which can be switched off when viewing with the English soundtrack.The brand name on the publicity is 'Triple X Film'.

There are NO ENGLISH SUB TITLES on this dvd contrary to the details in the technical description of the 'Thai NTSC import' version.
It is correctly described as an 'All Regions' disc.

The film itself is magnificent and perhaps made before its time which is probably why the film has received little recognition in nearly 50 years.

Dialogue and plot are minimal which is why it stands up so well today:no lavish props or cgi's.

Cornel Wilde's other epic Beach Red [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] has elements of the beach landing directly copied by Steven Spielberg in the brilliant Saving Private Ryan 60th Anniversary [DVD] [1998].

There is no need to remake 'Prey' as it's so complete and utterly absorbing.
Be warned:the opening scenes are very disturbing.Which is why I remember the film so well having seen it at the cinema in the late 60's.

Highly recommended.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not in English!! 30 Oct 2013
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The item was purchased to watch... Unfortunately, we didn't speak/read Spanish which the film was! It cost 20+ and we feel it hadn't been made clear this film was not in English - after delivery, we found out that it was Spanish but it was in the small print further down the purchase. (Our parents are in their 70's+ and didn't know this and wouldn't have wasted their pension money)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a powerful and impressive adrenaline rush...
Chatting with friends I mentioned this film as one that made a huge impression on me when I saw it on TV , aged about 12 (around 1975). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Reg Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
haven't seen this film since the 70s and wanted to see it again. Great dvd with extras. Just as brilliant as I remembered, but you have to watch the horrible first 10 minutes if... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Niobe
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Excellent DVD which I first saw many many years ago.it did not disappoint and the family thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 14 months ago by JOHN LANCE
5.0 out of 5 stars A film classic that has stood the test of time
First saw this movie more than 40 years ago and was impressed by the magnificent landscapes, the elemental simplicity of the story and the stark reality it expressed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Aviott John
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Published 22 months ago by B. C. Lapping
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as I remember!
I saw this film many many years ago and the memory of it has stayed with me. It is a very difficult film to obtain these days so I was thrilled when I managed to get hold of a... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2011 by Frank
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting chase film from Cornel Wilde with something of a message,...
"Certainly one of the wildest, most original, and most instinctive movie stars turned auteurs in the Hollywood annals, Cornel Wilde made procedurals of uncivilized survival, in a... Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2008 by C. O. DeRiemer
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