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4.0 out of 5 stars A Breed Apart Koch Media German DVD Review, 24 Jun. 2013
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Jim Malden(Rutger Hauer)is a twitchy vietnam vet recluse who resides on his own private island in North Carolina with only nature for company. Quite obviously traumatised by his tour of duty in Nam(we know this only by the way the soundtrack fills with the din Cobra attack helicopters and machinegun fire whenever Jim looses his rag)he spends his time protecting his bird population from drunken good ol boy poachers while at the same time trying to hide his affections for the local supply store owner(Kathleen Turner). It also transpires that Maldens private retreat is the home to a pair of nesting(and totally ficticious)Bald Eagles that are rumoured to be larger than the normal variety. Cut to J.P Whittier(Donald Pleasence)a multi millionaire and collector of rare birds eggs who hires Mike Walker(Powers Boothe)a fearless mountain climber to make a visit to Maldens island with the sole intention of stealing the eggs for the sum of $200,000. After helping Malden out with a scuffle involving some disgruntled poachers, Walker earns his respect. Malden agrees to let Walker visit his island believing him to be a ornathologist and photographer but with the $200,000 hanging in the wings and the fact the eggs incubation period is nearing its end Walker has a race against time to scale the eagles mountain home whilst at the same time distracting his suspicious host.

Virtually forgotten today, A Breed Apart features an exceptional cast that includes Rutger Hauer, Kathleen Turner, Powers Boothe, Donald Pleasence and the late great 80s favourite bad guy Brion James. With a line-up like that how could this movie be so obscure and unheard of. All of these stars were at the height of their games with Hauer fresh off Bladerunner, Turner right in the middle of her Joan Wilder days and Boothe sandwiching this between Walter Hills Southern Comfort and The Emerald Forest. Pleasence was always a well known face with a huge range of movies behind him and Brion James was pretty much everywhere. Sadly the mixture of eco warroir antics and Rambo heroics missed the mark plus with mostly bland direction from Philippe Mora, some terrible pacing and uneven narrative A Breed Apart fell by the wayside, confined to poor quality VHS and the occasional TV airings. Alot of the problems that plagued this movie could be attributed to the fact that after principal filming had been completed four reels of film were sent to LA for processing but only three arrived. This ment the film had to be significantly recut and re-edited around the missing footage and is one of the main reasons why there is no real backstory to Rutger Hauers Malden character and some sub plots remain incomplete. A real shame as the movie does have an interesting idea and a couple of fairly powerful action sequences with the siege on Maldens home being the best. The locations look great and the score by Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees is alot better than it has any right to be. Most unsuprisingly the movie remains more famous now for the lengthy nude scenes involving Kathleen Turner.

An 80s video rental shop mainstay, A Breed Apart has been pretty much impossible to see on any digital format with the exception of VHS ripped bootleg DVDs until now. Koch Media Germany have produced a completely legit and proffessionally transfered release for A Breed Aparts DVD premier. Bearing the films German title of Die Brut Des Adlers on the cover art and sporting the MGM fanfair before the opening credits, the picture transfer is suprisingly strong for for a movie as obscure as this. Presented in the correct aspect ratio of 1.85:1 with anamorphic enhancement the image remains nicely detailed(as far as standard def can go anyway)perfectly capturing the scenic locales of the North Carolina shooting locations. Some close ups especially of faces can look a little smudgy and skin tones can err on the side of pink but with much stronger black levels than I can remember for this film on video, decent contrast and a nice level of natural film grain throughout its hard to really complain about this import DVD. The print used also looks to be in very good shape with no print damage or age related problems to report.
Despite being filmed in 1984 and Dolby Stereo being pretty much common place A Breed Apart was recorded in plain mono. This new DVD replicates that mono soundtrack here in the form of a two channel Dolby Digital mix. There isnt alot to say really but at least dialoue is mostly clear and Maurice Gibbs soundtrack sounds full enough. The track can sound a little on the heavy side with bass often overpowering other elements in the mix meaning that it isnt the most detailed but all things considered without a complete remaster this is never going to sound anymore solid than it is here.
If you can remember this from the 80s days of video rental then this is an interesting blast from the past. The film is far from perfect but at the same time strangly enjoyable in a guilty pleasure kind of way. At this time of writing there are no other official releases of A Breed Apart availalble and with no other distributors queuing to release a fully loaded special edtion complete with lost footage this no frills extras exempt German import should satisfy fans at least.
As a footnote please note that whether intentional or not the cover art and DVD spine do look like a bootleg release with the large blue German FSK rating being the only indication that this is a legitimate DVD release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still an epic., 14 Oct. 2013
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I thought it was an excellent film when I first saw it and I do now ten years on. Amazing photography and there is a strong moral to this story. Rutger Hauer plays a very complex character and stirs the heart with his love of birds and animals.

I recommend this film to all who care about the future and the environment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good movie, 3 Jan. 2014
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I bought it for the cast and I am satisfied with it.It shows the respect the nature,animals.It is a very beautiful movie which gives you something to remember.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a little dated but still a very good film. Rutgers hauer gives a brilliant, 8 Jan. 2015
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Very 80's, a little dated but still a very good film. Rutgers hauer gives a brilliant performance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rutger Hauer, 28 Jun. 2013
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I have waited a very long time for this film to become available on dvd. My all time favourite film from this superb Dutch actor
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Jan. 2015
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