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

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  • Directors: Samuel FULLER
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Language: English
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GWJSZT6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,721 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.

Review

There is certainly no finer film on its subject --Time Out Film Guide

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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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Another one of the Masters of Cinema serie, with a DVD and Blueray disk. The quality of both is identical.....no bonus material, except a 40 page booklet. Fuller is one of my favorite directors, with the ability to get across his message in the limits of his often limited budgets. French author Romain Gary 's book was used as the basis of the story, although the film takes the idea of training dogs to attack people of a certain color in a different direction at the end. Apparently, the subject of racism wasn't the cup of tea for 1970's America, and this film ended up in the drawer.....too bad.....sometimes we should look in the mirror, and see if WE have a bit of White Dog in us, too. Then, if we see it, let's correct it and try to make the world a Better place.
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This is a film I first saw back in the 80's as a teenager. It had a huge effect on me and stuck with me. I often thought about the film but it's been unavailable for many years. I watched it recently on a streaming service and was bowled over by it again. I had to own it. The direction, the acting and the score (by Ennio Morricone) are all first rate. It's a great performance by the late, great Paul Winfield and the film uses melodrama to keep the focus on the themes of racism, indoctrination and the damage caused by hatred. Powerful stuff that may not be for everyone.
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I found White Dog a very interesting film to watch. It is slightly outdated visually in the context of today but captivating to watch and thought provoking. The film looks good and the sound is good. The Ennio Morricone soundtrack is great, different from what he usually delivers and this is not a bad thing.

Masters of Cinema have delivered yet another great package. Booklet is also great.
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Better than I remember! I saw this many many years ago. Not sure if this is the version I saw. Either way, I found the movie to be fascinating with a touchy subject matter (racism through a trained dog!). And, one that I never knew of. It certainly opened my eyes as it has to everyone else I know who has watched this. It will definitely get conversation going after viewing it.

The acting is very good except for the lead actress (Kristy McNichol). She is totally miscast. However, this is one of those rare ocassions where the movie and story line overshadows the acting. The video on the DVD is good as is the audio. The Bluray video and audio is a nice upgrade. Included is an informative booklet which sheds light on the movie, director, etc.This is Region B locked.

I can't recommend this movie enough! Enjoy!
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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.
10 OUT OF 10
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this is a powerful film that handles the subject a racism far better than most. It is heartbreaking to watch this innocent dog
that has been abused and brainwashed to hate black people. The fact that curing this dog of racism would be the
biggest weapon against those that train these dogs really gets you thinking.I really don't know how anyone can brand
this film as racist as the films sole purpose is to remove that hate from the dog.
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