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Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog [VHS] [1995]

3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 5554456243
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,545 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Great family film, especially on a wet, cold Sunday afternoon. Story of a young boy who befriends a stray dog. They travel up the coast with the boys father to deliver supplies when there boat is hit by a freak wave leaving the boy and dog stranded miles from home. The boy decides to try to get home after waiting a few weeks and running out of food. Well acted by Jess Bradford as the boy. The only downside for me was where did he get all that rope???
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I love this story. I saw it on TV first and just had to have it in my collection. A proper tear jerker and a good family movie. Can't say enough good about it.
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1 of my favourite films
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e63ac0c) out of 5 stars 257 reviews
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9dfac8) out of 5 stars far from home: the adventures of yellow dog 29 Nov. 2003
By steven conklin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
well,this just goes to show why you don't blindly accept a critics review. I own a yellow lab(2) and I can tell you this is a pretty realistic. Yes I guess the critics would like to see a gloom and doom ending but I dont think they heard of the true story of when one of these trmendously faithful conpanions carried his master half a mile back to his home after he suffered a near fatal heart attack(would have been fatal if not for yellows actions). It is a very heartwarming story without being predictable and just fantastic views. The heck with critics. Buy this because it makes you feel good and that there wasnt a need for explosions or car chases or guns to provide for interesting viewing.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9e0db0) out of 5 stars Spectacular and suspenseful family film! 14 Aug. 2004
By Godly Gadfly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
The cover of our DVD of "Far From Home" says in large letters: "Family Feature". And a great family movie it is. But don't make the mistake of thinking that this is just another dog movie, in this case the adventures of a Labrador named "Yellow". Even more it is about the adventures of his young master Angus. Angus acquires Yellow when the dog appears on the family property, apparently lost, and soon the boy and his dog become firm friends. When Angus and Yellow are marooned in wilderness country after the sinking of his father's ship, it is their combined strength that is required to survive the rugged coastline, vast forests, and hostile wildlife.

Most of the conflict revolves around this very real struggle against the elements, leading up to a suspenseful and heartwarming conclusion. But along with this suspense comes excellent and convincing characterization. More than just an adventure story, "Far From Home" is ultimately a coming-of-age story, as Angus learns about responsibility and survival. In the process, his relationships with his father and with his dog are especially well-portrayed.

Although the movie is "clean", I would not recommend this movie for younger children under 10 mainly because of its capacity to evoke strong emotions of fear (there are some scary moments involving a sinking ship during a storm, a wolf attack, and a perilous log crossing over a ravine) and grief (it's hard to hold back the emotions experienced at losing a missing child). But with this depth of emotion, older children and adults alike will find it a real tear-jerker. When combined with good acting and some lovely cinematography of beautiful rugged British Columbia, this movie is definitely a drama worth keeping for the family. - GODLY GADFLY
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dbd73b4) out of 5 stars A truly wonderful family film 31 July 2000
By K. Kangley - Published on Amazon.com
I would beg to differ with the above description of the film. This is not the typical "A-boy-and-his-pet" film. The story is more realistic than the typical film of its genre such as "Flipper" or "Lassie" and lacks the obvious manipulations of an "Air Bud." The characters look like real people. (Watch how Angus' little brother dresses himself. Anyone who has been around a six-year old can see their child dressing like this). Angus's and Yellow's fight through the wilderness is not glossed over or "Disneyfied." The cinematography is beautiful. This film is wonderful for the whole family, not just for the six-year old.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9e0d80) out of 5 stars ADVENTURE AND SURVIVAL! Good movie! 25 Jan. 2013
By Amazon Addict - Published on Amazon.com
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Great movie! Full of adventure and survival skills. A little traumatic for animal lovers and the tender hearted. I showed it to my 6th grade students and the girls were dramatic and did not enjoy it as much as the boys.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d9a2360) out of 5 stars Wondful Family Film 23 Aug. 2005
By Roedy Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a locally made movie, so my expectations were low. It was a gripping tale. First, the characters were all thoroughly likable, none of the Hollywood cliché petty cruelties and insults. The landscapes are spectacular and menacing. The imaginative use of mixed sound and music gives a heightened sense of reality. Even though I saw it on a relatively small screen, it has much of the emotional impact of IMAX. Of course yellow dog steals the show since she is so sincere. This is not a cute film, but a rather scary tale of getting lost, survival and rescue.

Only in retrospect did I wonder how the climatic scene was done. I still wonder if everyone, including yellow dog risked their necks to shoot it. The natural world dangers in the film were similar to dangers I have lived myself, so they seemed ever so much more frightening than guns and bombs. It would be a bit too frightening for small children.

Even though I knew I was being heavily manipulated by the inevitable happy ending, I could not help myself from bursting into tears.
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