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The Deadly Trackers (1973) /Man in the Wilderness (1971) (2pk)

4.4 out of 5 stars 99 customer reviews

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He s taking the law and a gun into his own hands. Richard Harris (who played English Bob in Unforgiven and Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films) brings bullet-hard ferocity to these tales of vengeance. He s a pacifist turned manhunter in The Deadly Trackers [Side A], aiming to settle a score with the killers of his wife and son. In Man in the Wilderness [Side B], Harris tackles a signature survivalist role reminiscent of his heroics in A Man Called Horse. He portrays Zachary Bass, given up for dead and fighting man and nature during his 600-mile Northwest Territory trek to avenge himself against the fellow trappers who abandoned him. Beware, two-faced friends. Bass is alive...and closing ground.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Richard Harris, John Huston, Rod Taylor
  • Directors: Richard Sarafian, Barry Shear
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: WARNER HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 214 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00132D7Y0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Deadly Trackers (1973) /Man in the Wilderness (1971) (2pk)" on IMDb

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"MAN IN THE WILDERNESS" has always been a personal favorite of mine since its release back in 1971. Historical inaccuracies aside, this is a story about a man who is left for dead in the northwest territory, but...more than that, it is the story of man lost inside himself. In his fight to survive he learns a little more about the hard cruel world around him and comes to appreciate that he is not the only human being to have suffered. His near death experience becomes (in the end) a sort of rebirth...a renwal of spirit and hope which, until the mauling, was a complete mystery to him. The images and music in this production have always touched and impressed me. It is not typical of the usual formulaic bilge Hollywood cranks out...and for that you will be grateful. This is a motion picture well worth your time and money. The actors do a fine job in all their portrayals and it is fun to see James Doohan, John Huston and Percy Herbert in their supporting rolls. For me this is one of Richard Harris's finest performances...better even than "A MAN CALLED HORSE". Richard Sarafian (the director of credit) had a small part in the Wachowski Brothers "BOUND" (1996) as a mob boss.
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 ***
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I want to state right off that I wasn't all that crazy about THE DEADLY TRACKERS. It's an okay film, but not especially great. I bought this double feature disc purely because it has MAN IN THE WILDERNESS as the second feature. That's what this review will focus on. MITW has tremendous sentimental value for me because it was the first film my father took me to see when I was a very young boy of perhaps 5 or 6. Something he rarely did. Thus, MAN IN THE WILDERNESS remains my all-time favorite Richard Harris film, even more so than his excellent classic, A MAN CALLED HORSE. But enough of that... let's get going.

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.
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I recall the first time I ever saw MAN IN THE WILDERNESS. I had stayed up late to watch the weekly feature on the local station's weekly Western. And there it was, MAN IN THE WILDERNESS, a tale about a mountain man who is left for dead after a brutal grizzly mauling and not only lives to carry on but finds his real life in the process.

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.

THE HORSEMAN
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Man in the Wilderness: This is a well-made and thoughtful film without a moment of dullness. The widescreen DVD is of high quality.
Deadly Trackers: This is a rather different and interesting Western with good acting and dialog. The picture quality of the widescreen DVD is average.
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