Call of the Wild
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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
Top Customer Reviews
Don't waste your time.
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.
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.
It may not be "Exactly like Jack London's version" but it was still worth watching for me and my family.
Everyone is a critic now a days, just enjoy a story for what it is, and how it plays out.
I'm 42 and I couldn't wait to get into the next episode! It is worth the time to sit with the family and talk about what went on then.
It's a good time to open talk with the kids and talk about our history, life, and death.
You won't be able to do that over sex in the city, simpsons, or Icarlie now a days.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Jack London stuff. My older daycare kids enjoy this. Nice for learning some American literature. Good family movie. Definitely recommend.Published on August 14, 2013 by janis pusey
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 wellPublished on April 15, 2013 by Brian Craven
Jack London certainly knows how to write a book with heart felt love and loyalty. Now to see it as a movie, what outstanding viewing this was. Get the tissues.Published on October 8, 2010 by mystaya