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Tracker [DVD]

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  • Actors: Ray Winstone, Temuera Morrison, Andy Anderson, Mark Mitchinson, Gareth Reeves
  • Directors: Ian Sharp
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MLXR26
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,223 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Set in 1903, Tracker is a tense action thriller in which Arjan (Ray Winstone), a guerrilla survivor of the South African Boer War, lands in colonial New Zealand and is promised a bounty to capture Kereama (Temuera Morrison), a Maori seafarer accused of killing a British soldier.

What should be a simple job for Arjan, a master tracker, turns into a gripping and dangerous game of cat and mouse as Kereama repeatedly escapes and is recaptured., all the while insisting on his innocence. As each gains and loses the upper hand, they find they have more in common that simply a mutual hatred of the British…

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The soundtrack is in English, only; there are no subtitles.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Doug Grant on 6 Jun. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Having read and heard such a lot of good things about this film, I was really looking forward to watching it. Whilst I did have reservations about Ray Winstone in the role of a South African Boar War veteran, they were put to rest within minutes, as he is completely tremendous in the part and it's an inspired piece of casting. To my mind, it's his best piece of acting to date. All of the actors play their parts very well and the pace of the film is set just right. I really found myself caring about the characters and what they were going through. The plot is incredibly gripping and moving and kept me on the edge of my seat, right until the closing titles.

A constant feature in this film is the absolutely beautiful backdrop of the New Zealand scenery. The cinematography is first class and the musical score is very stirring, too. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this to anyone and it's without doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding film I've seen in many years. Five stars.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ed Rook on 13 May 2011
Format: DVD
Tracker is a film that any fan of historical movies ought to see. The locations are beautiful, the acting superb, the dialogue at times witty, at times moving. The atmosphere is built perfectly in the opening scenes and it carries through for the majority of the film. Winstone is brilliant but Tam is the guy you're going to remember from this film. Once the action begins it rarely lets up.

What I perhaps enjoyed most was the setting; this isn't a movie relying on a popular character to see it through, this is a film that explores a seldom examined period without forgetting that it's a movie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
This very interesting film was a British/New Zealand joint production set in the majestic scenery of New Zealand, and if this film doesn't convince you that it is a great country to visit if you love the great outdoors, then nothing will. Ray Winstone plays Arajan Van Dieman a South African veteran of the Boer war who relocates to New Zealand following the death of his family at the hands of the British. I still remember when we were always the good guys! Unfortunately New Zealand is also in the hands of his old enemy. It is not long before he is helping the British to track a Maori seaman who has supposedly murdered a British soldier. Van Dieman is more motivated by the 100 sovereigns reward than any sense of moral duty. It soon becomes apparent that our man is not going to be so easy to catch. He knows the land and can lay false trails, which makes him elusive to track, and Van Dieman can most certainly track. The pursuit becomes a battle of wits, and the men find that they have more in common than they think.

The film can be viewed as another antipodean western. Ray Winstone had already starred in "The Proposition" which was a good example of that. He clearly enjoys his busmans holidays down under! The films battle of wits reminded me much of that between Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston in the western "Eagles Wing". It is certainly not far fetched to have a South African who can track, if he was taught by a bushman, as Winstone's character was in this film. The San bushman were the finest trackers who ever lived. If you are fortunate enough to come across a copy of Louis Liebenberg's definitive book on the subject "The Art of Tracking: The Origin of Science", you will see what I mean. Liebenberg was a white South African who learned to track from the bushmen of the Kalahari.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Contenderas on 30 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
Tracker was a welcome surprise for me. I saw it at a recent screening event in London and it was not dissapointed. Ray Winstone steps outside his normal cockney geezer role to play a Boer War veteran and carries it off effectively. He even masters a solid South African accent!

Tem Morrisson provides excellent support and the duo's running battles across the breathtaking New Zealand scenery give the film a real sense of scale and style.

Definitely one to try.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard Kinsey on 19 May 2011
Format: DVD
There are so many films being made in our time, it boggles the mind. What's even more amazing is that so few of them seem to be getting it right. Here comes Tracker, produced by NZ and the Brits, directed by Ian Sharp and what a treasure from start to finish. Not only is the film visually stunning utilizing the NZ country side, the performances are equally stunning with some scenes literally bordering on brilliance. I have been a Ray Winstone fan for years and this is by far one of his best, if not his best performance on screen. Both he and Morrison bring their great talents, honesty & grit into a period setting and communicate not only the issues of that time but our own.Indeed, Nicholas van Pallandt has penned a timeless parable here, that speaks to all of us and makes this film a classic. I also adored the score by David Burns. It is utter magic when a score captures the spirit & nuances of a film and Mr. Burns has created a memorable and servicing score touched with brilliance and beauty.
I obviously really loved this film. It spoke to my heart. It will speak to yours too.
Tracker is simply a wonderful film. Buy it & see it !!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Wire on 17 May 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What struck me about this film was the reliance on character and story, something I didn't think action movies did anymore! I like Ray Winstone, and I've been waiting for a movie where he plays the lead like in the old days of Nil By Mouth and even Scum when you couldn't take your eyes off him. Well, Tracker achieves just this as Ray fills the frame and delivers a powerful and moving performance as the lonely hero haunted by a past that seems to follow him wherever he tries to find salvation. Ferocious action scenes alongside beautifully still moments framed by the majestic New Zealand landscape, this movie is a must for fans of fine acting and beautifully told stories with strong moral themes. Like the old days when fine films were told with more patience, Tracker harks back to the filmmaking of John Ford and even Hitchcock - its not all about flash cuts and heavy post work, but pacing and suspense. This indy gem is well worth space in your collection. CW
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