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Fate is the Hunter (1964)

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Format: DVD Very loosely based on the book by international flying and sailing expert, Ernest K. Gann, Fate is the Hunter has finally been captured on dvd in a pristine format with excellent, distortion-free video and audio components - the audio track is captured separately as an extra feature. The story follows the character of Jack Savage - playboy, adventurer, and a seat-of-the-pants pilot - ably portrayed by the venerable Rod Taylor. Following a fatal passenger plane crash in which the tragic pilot is singled out as the cause, the story is told in a series of flashbacks that attempt to restore the unfortunate and voiceless victim. Saddled with the investigation and the ultimate reconstruction of the crash, is airline executive Sam McBane, wonderfully and capably played by Glenn Ford. McBane flew with Savage in the past and understands his complex character - he knows that Savage was a man of compassion - who wanted to help and not hurt. As the dead pilot is continually villified via media crucifixtion, we are introduced to the many people who interacted with him. Wally Cox, Suzanne Pleshette, Nehemiah Persoff, Nancy Kwan, Dorothy Malone, Mark Stevens, Robert F. Simon, Robert J. Wilke, Jane Russell, and a stand-up cast of some of the finest character actors in Hollywood help to make this semi-documentary as real as the headlines. Passenger aviation had reached an apex in the mid-sixties - the demand for air travel had reached a tipping point and the new jet technology was venturing into areas that were fraught with unforgiving situations - each crash provided information that was part of a continuing evolution of hard and costly lessons that have slowly led to one of the safest modes of transportation. In a form of life imitating art, the crash of a twin-engined 737-400 in Kegworth, England in 1989 - Flight 92 - involved the misidentification of a malfunctioning engine - the crew decided to shut off the fully functioning engine - the aircraft subsequently cras


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  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050P3XN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Laurence G. Cripe on May 18, 2011
Format: DVD
Very loosely based on the book by international flying and sailing expert, Ernest K. Gann, Fate is the Hunter has finally been captured on dvd in a pristine format with excellent, distortion-free video and audio components - the audio track is captured separately as an extra feature. The story follows the character of Jack Savage - playboy, adventurer, and a seat-of-the-pants pilot - ably portrayed by the venerable Rod Taylor. Following a fatal passenger plane crash in which the tragic pilot is singled out as the cause, the story is told in a series of flashbacks that attempt to restore the unfortunate and voiceless victim. Saddled with the investigation and the ultimate reconstruction of the crash, is airline executive Sam McBane, wonderfully and capably played by Glenn Ford. McBane flew with Savage in the past and understands his complex character - he knows that Savage was a man of compassion - who wanted to help and not hurt.

As the dead pilot is continually villified via media crucifixtion, we are introduced to the many people who interacted with him. Wally Cox, Suzanne Pleshette, Nehemiah Persoff, Nancy Kwan, Dorothy Malone, Mark Stevens, Robert F. Simon, Robert J. Wilke, Jane Russell, and a stand-up cast of some of the finest character actors in Hollywood help to make this semi-documentary as real as the headlines. Passenger aviation had reached an apex in the mid-sixties - the demand for air travel had reached a tipping point and the new jet technology was venturing into areas that were fraught with unforgiving situations - each crash provided information that was part of a continuing evolution of hard and costly lessons that have slowly led to one of the safest modes of transportation.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Simeon on July 1, 2011
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I think this is a very good picture, almost a documentary about a plane crash in the early sixties. If the model used in the film is not very convincing ( it looks like a DC7 with jet engines mounted on the tail!) Glenn FORD is perfect, so is the rest of the cast, the most annoying thing being the constant flashbacks 20 years before. This Twilight Time DVD has a very crisp transfer, the CinemaScope frame in black and white, filmed by the great Milton KRASNER is stunning.There is a music and effects track as well, to appreciate Jerry GOLDSMITH score (not a very long one) The amusing fact is that the FOX Fanfare on this track is in stereo, when it sounds mono in the edited film.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Swissangel on June 8, 2011
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Jane Russell as herself, Glenn Ford, Rod Taylor, Nancy Kwan, Suzanne Pleshette, Constance Towers and in a small part Glenn Fords son Peter Ford and academy-winner Dorothy Malone (1957 "Written in the Wind").

I have never seen before this movie but it was interesting and is presented now on DVD in his original screen Format 2,35:1, b&w.

THE PICTURE QUALITY IS PRETTY GOOD!!!

Soundtrack is Mono.

As Special features contains the DVD a isolated Track with the score and sound effects.

- - the DVD contains no subtitles (english or for deaf hearing people) - - THIS IS DEFINITIVE A BIG MINUS.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandi on January 28, 2013
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I thought this film, because of it's age, would be grainy and have fuzzy sound. It was PERFECT! Not sure, but seems to have been digitally mastered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Cox on August 27, 2011
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Fate is the Hunter is one of those movies I remember watching as a teen in the late 60's and really enjoying the twists and especially the way they recreate the accident at the end of the film. I liked the way they present the loyalty of the friend to try and prove that his friend had not been in the wrong.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Kian Mc Kiernan on June 26, 2013
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Fate Is the Hunter is a movie about character — personal ethos. In terms of plot, Fate Is the Hunter is the story of an airline executive and former pilot who must investigate a disaster, in which a cockpit crew (and many passengers) were killed. The dead pilot is someone with whom the executive had dealt since their service together in the military, someone whom he regarded as an inconsiderate, self-centered jerk. Many, including the management of the firm, are increasingly looking to blame that pilot for the crash. But the executive wants the truth, and his investigation makes him ever more reluctant to blame the pilot. The executive brings his career to a crisis, but finds his way to the truth.

I saw this movie many years ago, and thought it moving and remarkable. And then … it just fell away. It wasn't shown on television; when the home video market developed, I didn't find it offered on VHS or (later) on DVD (except when pirated).

Every now and then, I'd mention it to someone else who'd also at sometime seen it, and his or her reaction would almost always be similar — it stuck with us, and we didn't know why it had been unavailable.

I guess that, at some point, some of the people with such a reaction got themselves in a position to do something substantial about that, because, well, here it is. Those people have my thanks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dale H Johnson on August 9, 2013
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I remembered this movie from the 60s. It has a great plot and I love Suzanne Pleshette . Just one of those little sleeper movies. This was terribly overpriced but I wanted it for my collection
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