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White Dog (Masters of Cinema) (Dual Format Edition) [Blu-ray + DVD] [1982]

Samuel FULLER    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Samuel FULLER
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GWJSZT6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,032 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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SYNOPSIS One of the most controversial American films of the 1980s, Samuel Fuller's White Dog was originally withheld from release in the USA and has been rarely seen since. This head-on examination of racism remains a riveting and startlingly powerful film experience, with superb performances and a brilliant score by the great Ennio Morricone.

When a young actress (Kristy McNichol) adopts a stray white Alsatian she hit with her car, she soon discovers that the dog has been conditioned to attack any black person on sight. Its only chance is Keys (Paul Winfield), an animal trainer focused on breaking the dog's behaviour and finding a way to eradicate its vicious instincts.

An acclaimed and daring late-career highlight for its director, White Dog amply demonstrates Fuller's clear-eyed intelligence, impassioned humanity and filmmaking dynamism. Unavailable in the UK for decades, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its premiere in a new Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • Gorgeous 1080p transfer on the Blu-ray, and progressive encode on the DVD
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • 48-PAGE BOOKLET featuring an essay on the film by Jonathan Rosenbaum, the words of Samuel Fuller, his "interview" with the dog, and rare archival imagery.
"There is certainly no finer film on its subject. " - Time Out Film Guide

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: One of the most controversial American films of the 1980s, Samuel Fuller's White Dog was originally withheld from release in the USA and has been rarely seen since. This head-on examination of racism remains a riveting and startlingly powerful film experience, with superb performances and a brilliant score by the great Ennio Morricone. When a young actress (Kristy McNichol) adopts a stray white Alsatian she hit with her car, she soon discovers that the dog has been conditioned to attack any black person on sight. Its only chance is Keys (Paul Winfield), an animal trainer focused on breaking the dog's behaviour and finding a way to eradicate its vicious instincts. An acclaimed and daring late-career highlight for its director, White Dog amply demonstrates Fuller's clear-eyed intelligence, impassioned humanity and filmmaking dynamism. Unavailable in the UK for decades, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its premiere in a new Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition. ...White Dog (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dont be put of by the title. 18 Jan 2009
By chiron
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film has to be the MOST UNDERRATED film of alll time. It is absolutely brilliant and if people were,nt so blinkered in their out look of ths subject matter then maybe it might get the appreciation it so wholly deserves. Paul Winfield is the guy in the film who try,s to get the seed of evil out of the dogs brain, [ he is a black guy trying to teach a dog taught to attack black people , to be normal again] Just watch it and see how good and also how sensitively it handles the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Racism Stripped Bare 7 July 2011
Format:DVD
White Dog is not an easy film to sit through and it rubbed a lot of people the wrong way for a simple reason; it hits close to home. Racism did exist back then just like it does now and the film strips the idea of racism down to its simplest, by showing it for what it is; fear. And what clearer way to demonstrate this but centering the film around a dog who was raised to fear and attack black people on sight.

Kristy McNicol has a natural, easy-going screen presence and delivers a solid performance as an actress whose adopted stray turns out to attack people. She is appalled when her loving, good-natured German Shepherd disappears and comes back stained with blood. When she takes him to a trainer to be rehabilitated, she learns that he doesn't attack just anyone, only black people. Since pupphyhood, the dog was habitually beaten and taught to associate black people with being attacked, until he attacks any black person on sight, before they get him. This is racism stripped to its barest; fear, taught to us, handed down by those we learn from. But can a simple creature like this dog be taught to overcome his fear? That's the task that the trainer, played by Paul Winfield, is set with. If he can cure this dog of his racism, then why can't people?

White Dog was controversial on its release, in fact some people insisted on branding it as a racist movie. There is nothing racist about it, except that it exposes the tumour in our society that is racism and what it essentially is. Things like this really have happened, racists trained their dogs to perform these terrible acts. White Dog is clever because the subject of racism isn't beaten over the viewer's head. The dog is the perfect demonstration of this.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated 21 July 2012
Format:DVD
I remember watching this cable in 1987. I always found this film very powerful and intelligent. I couldn't believe that white dog had flopped at the box office as the audience and critics accused this film for being racist which ok yes it got a dog that attacks black people. People don't realise that it how an actress tries to get the dog redemmed. I even notice on YouTube that certain viewers after 32 years still brand white dog racist. I gather it people who hasn't seen the film.

White dog is a great film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great blu-ray transfer... 13 May 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Enough has probably been said about the movie in other reviews, I juts wanted to take an opportunity to make a comment on the blu-ray transfer... which in my opinion looked great. It's well worth an extra couple of quid to buiy the blu-ray version as I see someone else has posted a review that mentions the DVD quality isn't great. The book which comes as part of the blu-ray is also really good and even features an interview with the dog!!

Why the movie was banned at the time, I couldn't comment.. seems to have been a bit of sensationlism I think. When I have recommended the movie to people most have 'guffawed' the storyline and made out like I endorsed racism just by buying it! However upon watching it, pretty much everyone has agreed that it is a really powerful movie and - for lack of more appropriate term - have 'enjoyed' it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie! 2 May 2014
By Becky
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This excellent movie in my opinion has been overlooked.

A young actress hits a dog with her car. She takes the dog under her wing and nurses him back to good health. The dog becomes very close to her protecting her from a guy who breaks into her house.

But she learns that the dog is not the perfect dog. In fact the dog has been trained to attack and kill black people. The film sends out a very strong and clear message.

The negative part is the dvd copy. The picture quality looks like it's been transformed straight from VHS.

Apart from that - good movie!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dogs Dinner 5 Nov 2013
Format:DVD
A Californian actress runs over a big white Alsatian one night and whisks it off to the vets, in order to try and get it patched up. The vet succeeds and she has a new best friend, but that best friend has a real ugly streak, which leads to it viciously attacking people or disappearing, only to come home covered in blood.
With the actress now concerned it may be an attack dog and worried it may have to be exterminated, she takes it to an animal trainer and discovers to her disgust that the dog is in fact a 'White Dog', a dog which has been bred and brainwashed for the sole purpose of attacking and eating black folk... Which leads to her have no option other than to bring in the only dude on the planet that can help ~ a black, exotic animal trainer, who attempts to de~programme the race hate out of Whitey...

Surprisingly good this one and not as exploitative as it could have been. It poses some interesting questions, has some nice attack sequences that don't go over the top and is kept fairly exciting throughout by director Fuller. The cast are generally good, not least of all 'Hans' (and others) playing the white Alsatian, who puts in a really stellar performance. The storyline is obviously quite controversial, with some heavy handling, which leads to a little Sunday morning 'Lassie' style melodrama and plot holes that don't quite sit right with a modern audience, but that kinda comes as expected and I don't care about that anyway. Oh, and it's got a nice twist in the tail (sic) at the end.

My friend Alan is a big fan of this movie, having encountered it on pre~cert VHS back in the day and is convinced the Criterion version is cut, missing several mutilation shots, especially during the relentless and nasty church attack. . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best film I've seen that deals with racism
I am a huge fan of Fuller's films. Whilst not providing the same level of extras that the Criterion Collection do the Masters of Cinema should be commended for releasing quality... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sprouters
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely shouldn't be masters of cinema title
Could have been a much better movie had it had better acting, the poor acting spoils the whole film, you can tell they're all just extras from tv 70s and 80s tv shows like murder... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very powerful movie
I think this is one of the most powerful stories about racism and what it can lead to. The story is frightening and sad, considering the fact that someone used an innocent dog as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jan P. Plet
5.0 out of 5 stars just as challenging a film then as it is now
This and Shock Corridor, I can happily say I'm a fan of this Samuel Fuller fella. A White Dog is a dog that has been trained to attack Black people and trainer, Keys (Paul... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rob Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars white dog
No dog can see black or white, only in shades of grey, so I thought this film was a bit over exagerated,
Published 12 months ago by James Kilmartin
3.0 out of 5 stars White Dog
I bought this DVD for my husband. Not my cup of tea at all. I found it to be a nasty, unpleasant film - far too violent for my taste. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Mrs. A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars the best movie ever made about segregation
drawn from a book by Romain Gary this movie despite the poorness of the transfer vhs dvd is a must no better explanation is necessary it tells that education is fundamental as well... Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2011 by Corbin Gérard
3.0 out of 5 stars A well- meaning B Movie
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