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Call of the Wild (2000)

Shane Meier , David Winning  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shane Meier
  • Directors: David Winning
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Allumination
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8L6I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,102 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Call of the Wild" on IMDb

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A sumptuous telling of Jack London's Klondike gold rush chronicle... --Newsday

Buck...steals every scene with his regal, intense bearing. He exudes a kind of macho sensitivity that Oscar contenders would drool over! --The Boston Globe

The gorgeous surroundings of British Columbia, the heartfelt stories, earnest human characters, and glorious Buck [the dog] make 'Call of the Wild' fine family viewing. --The Philadelphia Inquirer

Product Description

Based on the classic novel by Jack London, Call of the Wild stakes its claim to being that rare breed of adventure series that parents and kids can enjoy together. Adapted by White Fang screenwriter David Fallon and starring Nick Mancuso, this exciting saga introduces Miles Challenger (Shane Meier), a 15-year-old boy living in an Alaskan mining town at the turn of the century, whose life changes forever when he encounters a heroic and powerful dog named Buck.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Jack London's Version May 25, 2008
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Despite having his name over the title, this is not Jack London's Call of the Wild. This is a completely original story about a young man named Miles Challenger--not a character in the original book. The script incorporates characters and incidents from the book, but the story is totally different. However, taken on its own merits, the film is entertaining. Miles is a character young people can relate to, and the film does offer an interesting look at life up north during the Alaska gold rush. Just don't expect Jack London's story, or you will be disappointed.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They really ruined a good story! May 27, 2008
Format:DVD
In case the other two reviews don't convince you, this has almost nothing to do with Jack London's story. I was thinking as I watched it, "At least they took out the violence so young children can watch it" but then there's the scene with the frozen stiff man, and the drowning in the frozen water scene was pretty bad for little ones, too. Not to mention all the dogs dying left and right.

Don't waste your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More faithful to the novel than most March 6, 2008
Format:DVD
While most versions of Call of the Wild focus on the people (and the big name actors who portray them) in Buck's life rather than Buck, this animated rendition does a decent job of telling the story. The animation is fair, with noticable repititions, and is done in a more 'Japanese anime' style than anything else. This film gets points for acurate descriptions of the people and dogs, and is one of the only ones to show Spitz, the rival lead dog, as he is portrayd in the book ("a big, snow white fellow from Spitzbergen").
Buck is described as "a blend of German shepherd and Saint Bernard" but he looks like a regular GSD. This version also gives screen time to Buck's team mates, Billy and Joe, Dave, Sol Leks and the others, plus the only adaptaion I've ever seen to show Thornton's other two dogs, Skeet and Nig.
Even though it's not the most spectacular film, it's certainly worth a look if you are a sled dog fan or a Jack London buff. Note: The animated dogs on the cover of the DVD look nothing like the actual charecters in the movie. This was originally released on VHS, by Toei Animation.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I wanted to like this movie. I expected to like this movie. But I was disappointed by Call of the Wild.

What Left Me Cold?

The film never drew me in. Most of the actors were clearly acting (and not too well at that) rather than becoming part of a compelling story. Character development was so thin that I never cared much what happened.

While the scenery and photography were stunning, the editing was poor, and the black screen breaks between scenes distracting. Makeup was obvious, such that I saw makeup rather than seeing the ravages of cold.

The relationship between boy and dog was never fully developed. It was there, but emotionless, almost sterile.

Overall, I found the movie flat. I enjoyed the scenery but missed the pull of the original story.

Five stars for photography, one star for editing, one star for story. Average: Two stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes. Nice family movie. August 14, 2013
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Love Jack London stuff. My older daycare kids enjoy this. Nice for learning some American literature. Good family movie. Definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Call of The Wild April 15, 2013
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It is a real good movie plus there is CALL OF THE WILD 2 with me I got my hands on number2 and watch it and like it as well In my case watch 2 but I like the number 1 as well
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