Blu-ray Release: The Naked Prey

Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 2, 2018
Price: DVD $24.02, Blu-ray $25.99
Studio: Criterion

Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde (Lead Her to Heaven) created in the 1960s and ’70s a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than 1965’s The Naked Prey.

In the early nineteenth century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends a group of South African hunters, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. A lone marksman (Wilde) is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he begins a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle back to a primitive state.

Distinguished by vivid widescreen camera work and unflinchingly ferocious action sequences, The Naked Prey is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone adventure narrative and a meditation on the concept of civilization.

Released on DVD by Criterion in 2008, this new Blu-ray edition contains the following:

* Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
* Audio commentary from 2007 by film scholar Stephen Prince
* “John Colter’s Escape,” a 1913 written record of the trapper’s flight from Blackfoot Indians-which was the inspiration for The Naked Prey– read by actor Paul Giamatti
* Original soundtrack cues created by director Cornel Wilde and ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey, along with a written statement by Tracey on the score
* Trailer
* An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and a 1970 interview with Wilde

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.