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THE HUNTER

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  102 minutes, audio commentary, deleted scenes with optional audio commentary, making-of featurette, theatrical trailer

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles, Spanish, English close captioning

 

STUDIO:  Magnolia Pictures/ Entertainment One/ Screen Australia/ Screen NSW/ Screen Tasmania/ Fulcrum Media Finance/ Madman Entertainment/ Porchlight Films

RELEASE DATE:  7-3-2012

THE HUNTER is an atmospheric film with beautiful landscapes and an aura of mystery as Martin David (Dafoe), a skilled mercenary, keeps his distance from everyone only to let a family in as he searches for the last Tasmanian tiger for his client.   Martin stays with this family whose eco-activist father is missing- the kids are running the place while the mother (Frances O’Connor) is despondent.   He reluctantly lets the family in as the dangers of the mission of finding the elusive Tasmanian tiger become more dangerous.   Martin has an ally/ rival in the form of Jack Mindy (Sam Neill) who is torn between helping Martin and being loyal to the loggers who think Martin is some green scientist doing a study.    THE HUNTER is one of those films that combines beautiful scenery captured by excellent cinematography with great acting and a story that lets things breath.   Most of the movie is from Martin’s point-of-view except one scene (which I felt they should have left out of the final film).   Martin isn’t a man of many words as Dafoe lets Martin’s journey be portrayed through actions and silence through many scenes, and showing the character as an internal figure who opens up through the course of his job.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio commentary with Director Daniel Nettheim and Producer Vincent Sheehan that reveals many behind-the-scenes facts about the production.  It is a very easy listen.

 

Five deleted scenes which can be played with or without director commentary.   They’re extra moments cut for pacing and story reasons.

 

THE MAKING OF THE HUNTER is a making-of that split into several featurettes which can be played all at once or separately:

THE STORY- what drew the director and cast to the novel which the film is adapted from

THE CHARACTERS- the cast and director talk about the characters they play.  Sam Neill says the story is about his character Jack Mindy.

TASMANIA- all about Tasmania and the challenges they faced making the movie there.

THE TIGER-   the history and continuing myths on the supposedly extinct Tasmanian Tiger (or does it still survive?).

 

Also included on the disc is the theatrical trailer and previews for other releases from Magnolia Pictures.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  THE HUNTER is a beautiful and atmospheric mystery capturing the mystery of the plot and the beauty of Tasmania together in one film.

 

This DVD review is 7-1-2012 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com