The Deadly Trackers (1973) /Man in the Wilderness (1971) (2pk)
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As for the DVD quality, it looks fine considering the time the movie was made and the no frills approach to this release. The print is far better than that of the VHS and is finally shown in the proper aspect ratio. The sound is monoural and the dialog a tad shrill in parts, but that is how I remember it...even in the theatrical release, which I went to see many times.
As for "THE DEADLY TRACKERS"...it is generally a waste of time. It is a sloppily made and heavy handed film of vengence that yields little (if any) satisfaction by story's end.
Whatever you pay for this release will be money well spent for "MAN IN THE WILDERNESS" alone. *** ENJOY ***
THE STORY: A small sailing ship on an extended trapping expedition in the 1800's is returning home, carrying a small fortune in furs. But there's a twist: a special undercarriage has been constructed for the vessel, enabling it to be pulled overland like a wagon until the ship & her crew can reach a tributary leading into the Missouri. This will shave several months off the return trip, allowing them to beat their competitors to market. One afternoon two men are out hunting for game for the other trappers when one of them, an inexperienced young greenhorn, accidentally spooks a bear, which attacks & mauls his elder scouting partner, solitary mountain man Zachary Bass, (Richard Harris, at his all-time best). Alive but barely conscious, Zach's wounds are deemed quite severe and the other men don't expect him to survive the night. Already behind schedule and quickly running out of time, supplies and morale, expedition leader Captain Henry, (a gaunt, thoroughly grizzled John Huston, wearing the coolest, most beat up-looking hat of all time), asks two volunteers to stay behind and bury Zach when he dies.Read more ›
First, throw away any misconceptions that this is a historical account. Yes, there are fictionalizations of historical characters. Zach Bass, himself, is loosely based on Hugh Glass. But who cares? The drama here, the sweeping panoramas, the gritty cinematography combine to offer a movie experience the likes of which are just not available anymore.
Richard Harris stars as Zach Bass, a stowaway who became a mountain man, thrust into the West during the 1820's. His mentor, Captain Henry, played masterfully by the inimitable John Huston--one of Hollywood's greatest legends--a man demonized by his past on the sea while being locked within mountains and valleys and pursued by Indians. After leaving Bass for dead, his crazed mind adds Bass's specter to his tormenters.
In the end, this one is a classic tale of obsession, of survival, of priorities and of forgiveness, all set in the rugged grandeur of the frontier. An absolute Western classic.
And, as this DVD is a double feature, forget about the flipside of this one and stick with MAN IN THE WILDERNESS.
Deadly Trackers: This is a rather different and interesting Western with good acting and dialog. The picture quality of the widescreen DVD is average.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OK, let's dispense with "Deadly Trackers" first - a very poor excuse for a Western, a grade "F" film which I posted a separate review for. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Sorry Leonardo D. Richard Harris was much better!(The Man in the Wilderness).Published 2 months ago by Patricia Jarrett
excellent double bill. .man in the widerness holds up well compared to the revenant despite time and budget differences,Published 2 months ago by grizz
bought it for a friend because he wanted the original movie after watching the revenance. we watched together and he was happy.Published 3 months ago by Todd Ouellette
I like Richard Harris movies and both are great. You may have seen the Man In the Wilderness this year with another title.Published 3 months ago by Stephen P. Stevenson
When I saw the movie "The Revenant" I realized that I had seen a very similar movie that was made much earlier starring Richard Harris. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy Thompson
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