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The Call of the Wild - Dog of the Yukon (1997) [VHS] (1997)

Rutger Hauer , Bronwen Booth , Peter Svatek  |  PG |  VHS Tape
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, Bronwen Booth, Charles Edwin Powell, Burke Lawrence, Luc Morrissette
  • Directors: Peter Svatek
  • Writers: Graham Ludlow, Jack London
  • Producers: Gary Howsam, Jeff Geoffray, John Buchanan, John McCunn, Julie Allan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • VHS Release Date: July 14, 1998
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304773528
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Academy Award winning actor Richard Dreyfuss narrates this adventure based on Jack London's best-selling novel about a dog and a miner who explore the Great North. Gold fever is raging in the Yukon when Buck the dog is stolen and sold to a miner to pull his sled of dogs. Life within the dog pack is harsh and lonely for Buck until he is traded to John Thornton, a kind man who becomes not just his master, but Buck's best friend. In their struggle to survive, the bond between Buck and Thornton is sealed when each saves the other's life. But as Buck gets older, his natural instincts grow stronger. Buck begins to spend nights in the forest, drawn by his need to hunt and his friendship with a pack of wolves. Now Buck must decide between staying with the man or answering the call of the wild to become the leader of the pack.

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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
I must admit I am a Rutger Hauer fan, and have been ever since "Ladyhawke" was released in 1985. And as an English teacher, I am always looking for new videos to augment my literature units. This superb version of Jack London's tale of unconditional love, survival of the fittest and London's belief that all living creatures including man are capable of reverting to their wild beginnings has been the perfect visual companion to my teaching the novel "Call of the Wild" for the past two years - and it has Rutger Hauer to boot! Exquisitely photographed in muted tones, "Call of the Wild" tells the story of Buck, the handsome Newfoundland, who is kidnapped because of his massive size from his pampered life in California, and endures horrific hardships, numerous owners, and self-discovery as he is taken to man's "holy grail" - the Klondike Gold Rush. Rutger Hauer protrays John Thornton, the grizzled but kind man who saves Buck's life and introduces Buck to the unbridled joy of unconditional love. Richard Dreyfuss narrates beautifully, giving the viewer an opportunity to actually experience bits and pieces of London's exquisite prose. Although a number of film versions have previously been made, this version is by far superior! Not only is Buck accurately represented by the actual breed that London wrote about, but the screenplay follows the story most faithfully. Except for the brief insertion of a saloon girl to romance Thornton for a moment and the minimizing of a number of Buck's owners, this film visually portrays the fear and growth and finally the trust and love that Buck experiences. I do recommend, however, that to fully experience the depth of London's metaphor, the book should be read! Read more ›
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good extra resource for understanding the book March 18, 1999
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After teaching the novel in my classroom, the usual clamor went up: Is there a movie to this book? I saw two other versions and was unimpressed (they were both filled with a lot of swearing, and the story lines were very different from the book), so I was very pleased when I found this version. The story line follows the novel VERY closely (only leaving out a couple characters like the Scotch half-breed cook, and adding a love interest for John Thornton), and the narration (by Richard Dreyfuss) uses lines straight out of the novel. I will add that the violence is very realistic (some blood, lots of snarling and yelping), and there is some swearing (nothing worse than "hell" and "damn"), but this is a faithful version that is well-filmed and I feel very appropriate for a middle school classroom or higher.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie, Lovely dogs, realistic... March 29, 2000
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I am a huge fan of Jack London books, White Fang didn't go close to the book but this movie did. I've seen other Call of the wild movies but this one was the best!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
I must admit that I am a Rutger Hauer fan, and have been ever since "Ladyhawke" was made in 1985. Additionally as an English teacher, I am always looking for new videos to augment my literature units. This excellent version of Jack London's tale of unconditional love, survival of the fittest, and London's belief that all living creatures including man are capable of returning to their wild beginnings has been the perfect visual companion to my teaching the novel "Call of the Wild" for the past 2 years - and it has Rutger Hauer to boot!! Beautifully photographed in muted tones, "Call of the Wild" tells the story of Buck, the exquisite Newfoundland, who is kidnapped because of his massive size from his life of luxury in California and endures tremendous hardships, many owners, and self-discovery as he is taken to the gold rush in the Klondike. Rutger Hauer portrays John Thornton, the man who saves Buck's life and introduces Buck to the unbridled joy of unconditional love. Richard Dreyfuss narrates beautifully, giving the viewer an opportunity to actually experience bits and pieces of London's exquisite prose. Although a number of previous film versions have been made, this version is by far the best! Not only is Buck actually the breed of dog that was in London's story, but the screenplay follows the book the most closely of all the versions! Except for the brief insertion of a saloon girl to romance Thornton for a moment and the minimizing of some of Buck's many owners, the film visually portrays London's story as accurately as I feel is possible. I do recommend, however, that to fully experience the depth of London's metaphor and themes, the book should be read!! Read more ›
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've got to see this awesome dog! March 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Pretty true to the book, except the dog isn't a husky or a German Shepard, as in most versions. In this movie, they used my favorite breed of dog to play Buck -- a Leonburger, a rare breed from Germany. This super intelligent, beautiful dog carried the whole movie. The human actors aren't half bad, either, and run pretty true to my vision of what their characters would have been like. The narration by Richard Dreyfus is very good, and Rutger Hauer's character is terrific. I've seen it three times on cable, and love it so much I am buying it, mostly because I love that awesome dog!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie.
This is the best version of this movie!!! My husband loved this movie as a kid and we were thrilled to find it now for our children!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Amy Yeager
5.0 out of 5 stars The Call of the Wild Movie
This version was very close to the novel by Jack London. My 7th grade students enjoyed it. Some of the dog fight scenes were a little violent, but not over the top.
Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey A. Ardito
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love this movie and it has to be one of the best call of the wilds ever. Thanks again
Published 5 months ago by Lorie Jenks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, great book
A great classic, but not nearly as good as the book. We purchased it because my son read the book for school, and we thought it would be nice to watch the movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by OnlineShopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Had a Red Wolf/Red Husky Wolf-Dog for fourteen years ... thus
totally enchanted by this particular call of the wild movie version ...

stills of the past tense adventure ... interspersed with the acted ... Read more
Published 10 months ago by birdofparadise
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Presentation of story!
I was happy with this product because it aligns up pretty well with the original story and presented well. Good DVD quality.
Published 15 months ago by sue ahleong
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect London
This was a perfect example of Jack London for my class. They struggle with American authors, long descriptions, etc. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Polly
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY IS IT NOT ON DVD?
The story follows the book as expected. Not every detail would be transferred from the book into the movie. And I knew that and yet I really enjoyed it. Read more
Published on July 27, 2011 by 1337
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
This is a gem and the finest adaptation of Jack London's book. Every character played (even the spoiled Mercedes and her idiot brother) bring the movie to life. Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by LoveHarryPotter
5.0 out of 5 stars this video doesn't disappoint
Despite a rough start with uncoordinated sound and video, this is a marvelous film that is true to Jack London's story. Read more
Published on June 3, 2011 by conservative teacher
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