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Eight Below [Blu-ray]
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Jack London acknowledged his debt to Egerton Young's memoirs (among other sources) which he took to craft the dogsled team in THE CALL OF THE WILD, something missing in the various incarnations of the novel on film. EIGHT BELOW captures the real intelligence of siberian huskies (well, two of them are malamutes) better than any movie I've ever seen. Sure, this is just a movie and tricks were used to make it appear that these dogs do what they seem to do. But huskies do smile, laugh, worry, think, and bond--and if you don't agree, then you just don't know them.
Yes, there are some sentimental and maudlin moments in this film, but there is also a sense of naturalism and a declaration of personal responsibility. An adventure film that is rare and welcome and worth seeing again.
The musical score is beautiful and nicely edited to fit the mood of each scene, ambient but not overwhelming. Both humans and dogs are underplayed, and it struck me as a movie for adults who can use their imagination to fill in the gaps in understated dialogue and character development. The beauty of the scenery is often breathtaking.
It was a nice touch that one of the dogs, the oldest, is named Jack, and one is named Buck. Buck was also the name of the protagonist in THE CALL OF THE WILD and Jack was the name of Egerton Young's real dog upon which Buck was based.Read more ›
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A classic that my fiance wanted to see and was thrilled to receive.Published 19 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this movie at the theater and it's almost as good showing it to 30 6th graders as part of a lesson. Great movie!Published 4 days ago by Kathy H-H
Great movie for the family. Exciting, touching, and great ending. Great message of determination and perseverance.Published 8 days ago by rodney russell
I love this movie so much. It made me cry like a baby. So touching.Published 10 days ago by Angelica Moore
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I agree. The price is way too high! Amazon usually does not give as good a discount on Disney movies but this one seems way out of line. It seems to be at least $10.00+ over priced. I was going to order it from Amazon for the convience if it wasn't too high but now I will buy it else where.
Jun 19, 2006 by Widget | See all 4 posts
I've only found information that stated the U.S. movie is based on an 80's Japanese movie that was inspired by an incident that the Japanese experienced in Antartica in the '50's (I believe). Maybe there is a Japanese book covering the story, but I haven't found anything in English.
May 12, 2006 by C. Crabtree | See all 3 posts
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