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Fate Is The Hunter [DVD]

Rod Taylor , Glenn Ford , Ralph Nelson    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Rod Taylor, Glenn Ford, Suzanne Pleshette, Nancy Kwan, Jane Russell
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 May 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B1UANW8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,494 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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From the best seller by Ernest K Gann (author of The High and The Mighty) Fate is the Hunter details a horrific airplane crash and, in its aftermath, the desperate attempt to discover what brought plane, passengers and crew to their fiery fate. Directed by Ralph Nelson, with superbly black-and-white cinematography by Milton Krasner, this combination of disaster movie and mystery interweaves the stories of a dogged investigator (Glenn Ford), the doomed pilot (Rod Taylor) , his bereaved girlfriend (Nancy Kwan), and the tragedy`s sole survivor (Suzanne Pleshette), building to a climax of breath-taking tension.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done mystery about an air disaster 1 Feb 2011
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 500 REVIEWER
When a jet plane crashes shortly after take off, it kills all the passengers and crew except for one survivor, the stewardess (Suzanne Pleshette). The airline attempts to blame the crash on pilot error amid rumors he had been drinking but an airline executive (Glenn Ford) and a friend of the pilot (Rod Taylor) refuses to believe it and begins investigating to determine the actual cause of the crash. Using only the title of the 1961 best seller by Ernest K. Gann (HIGH AND THE MIGHTY), the Ralph Nelson (LILIES OF THE FIELD) directed film is only peripherally a "disaster" film. It's more of a mystery with Ford as an amateur detective tracking down Taylor's friends and acquaintances and discovering that perhaps he didn't know his friend that well at all. The film ends with a taut and exciting recreation of the flight under the exact circumstances to determine the cause of the tragedy. Two brief performances stand out. Dorothy Malone as Taylor's callous wealthy heiress ex-fiancee and Mark Stevens (STREET WITH NO NAME) as Taylor's alcoholic best pal. The Oscar nominated B&W CinemaScope photography is by Milton Krasner and the minimal score by Jerry Goldsmith. With Nancy Kwan, Jane Russell, Wally Cox, Constance Towers, Nehemiah Persoff and Mary Wickes.

The Fox DVD from Spain is a strong B&W transfer in its original CinemaScope (2.35) aspect ratio.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so great Fate 25 Aug 2013
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This film was rather disappointing. I wasn't as gripped as I thought I would be and not intrigued by what had happened to cause Taylor's plane to crash. It was fairly obvious so any thrill in the re-enactment was non-existent. The two main actors gave their usual reliable performance especially Glenn Ford considering the metaphysical mumbo jumbo he had to spout at times. I watched the film all the way through but I wouldn't bother to do so again.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wiiner At Last Found .. 22 July 2013
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You Have To Like classics ..and Aviation !
It Is A Historical ..
Glenn Ford Is A Master Of Film!
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Explained by Neither Natural or Supernatural Causes - It Must Be Fate... 19 May 2011
By Laurence G. Cripe - Published on
Very loosely based on the book by international flying and sailing expert, Ernest K. Gann, Fate is the Hunter has finally been captured on dvd in a pristine format with excellent, distortion-free video and audio components - the audio track is captured separately as an extra feature. The story follows the character of Jack Savage - playboy, adventurer, and a seat-of-the-pants pilot - ably portrayed by the venerable Rod Taylor. Following a fatal passenger plane crash in which the tragic pilot is singled out as the cause, the story is told in a series of flashbacks that attempt to restore the unfortunate and voiceless victim. Saddled with the investigation and the ultimate reconstruction of the crash, is airline executive Sam McBane, wonderfully and capably played by Glenn Ford. McBane flew with Savage in the past and understands his complex character - he knows that Savage was a man of compassion - who wanted to help and not hurt.

As the dead pilot is continually villified via media crucifixtion, we are introduced to the many people who interacted with him. Wally Cox, Suzanne Pleshette, Nehemiah Persoff, Nancy Kwan, Dorothy Malone, Mark Stevens, Robert F. Simon, Robert J. Wilke, Jane Russell, and a stand-up cast of some of the finest character actors in Hollywood help to make this semi-documentary as real as the headlines. Passenger aviation had reached an apex in the mid-sixties - the demand for air travel had reached a tipping point and the new jet technology was venturing into areas that were fraught with unforgiving situations - each crash provided information that was part of a continuing evolution of hard and costly lessons that have slowly led to one of the safest modes of transportation.

In a form of life imitating art, the crash of a twin-engined 737-400 in Kegworth, England in 1989 - Flight 92 - involved the misidentification of a malfunctioning engine - the crew decided to shut off the fully functioning engine - the aircraft subsequently crashed with a tragic loss of life. In 2009, U.S. Airways Flight 1549 sustained bird strikes rendering both engines inoperable. The flight crew, led by Captain Chesley Sullenberger III, made split second decisions that ended with the unpowered aircraft gliding into the Hudson River without a loss of life.

As an accident reconstructionist, I can say that this movie and "No Highway in the Sky" were factors in my early interest in crash interpretation and analysis. And, yes - it's easy to speculate that the dead operator was the sole cause of an accident - but proper reconstruction techniques allow for highly advanced evaluations of causal factors. While attending a seminar at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Virginia, I finally decided to take a tour of the TWA Flight 800 remains that are sequestered in the basement/hanger. 230 passengers and crew perished in that controversial disaster in 1996. As I solemnly examined the elaborate patch-work reconstruction of the fuselage, I couldn't help but think back to "Fate is the Hunter".

It is welcome to see Twilight Time enter the DVD production world. I hope to see many wonderful and exciting new titles that have been here-to-for unavailable.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A NEW KIND OF PLANE 1 July 2011
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I think this is a very good picture, almost a documentary about a plane crash in the early sixties. If the model used in the film is not very convincing ( it looks like a DC7 with jet engines mounted on the tail!) Glenn FORD is perfect, so is the rest of the cast, the most annoying thing being the constant flashbacks 20 years before. This Twilight Time DVD has a very crisp transfer, the CinemaScope frame in black and white, filmed by the great Milton KRASNER is stunning.There is a music and effects track as well, to appreciate Jerry GOLDSMITH score (not a very long one) The amusing fact is that the FOX Fanfare on this track is in stereo, when it sounds mono in the edited film.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling movie with great stars 8 Jun 2011
By Anton Beat Riess - Published on
Jane Russell as herself, Glenn Ford, Rod Taylor, Nancy Kwan, Suzanne Pleshette, Constance Towers and in a small part Glenn Fords son Peter Ford and academy-winner Dorothy Malone (1957 "Written in the Wind").

I have never seen before this movie but it was interesting and is presented now on DVD in his original screen Format 2,35:1, b&w.


Soundtrack is Mono.

As Special features contains the DVD a isolated Track with the score and sound effects.

- - the DVD contains no subtitles (english or for deaf hearing people) - - THIS IS DEFINITIVE A BIG MINUS.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable... 28 Jan 2013
By Sandi K. Whipple - Published on
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I thought this film, because of it's age, would be grainy and have fuzzy sound. It was PERFECT! Not sure, but seems to have been digitally mastered.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little movie 9 Aug 2013
By Dale H Johnson - Published on
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I remembered this movie from the 60s. It has a great plot and I love Suzanne Pleshette . Just one of those little sleeper movies. This was terribly overpriced but I wanted it for my collection
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