Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur, Cornel Wilde created a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, in the sixties and seventies, none more memorable than The Naked Prey. In the early nineteenth century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends an African tribe, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. Only Wilde's marksman is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he embarks on a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle, back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camerawork and unflinching savagery, The Naked Prey is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the notion of civilization.
Audio commentary by film scholar Stephen Prince
"John Colter's Escape", a 1913 written record of the trapper's flight
Original soundtrack cues created by Wilde & Andrew Tracey
A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson
A 1970 interview with Wilde
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Still Savage and violent
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 23/05/2009 23:17:41
I remember seeing this many years ago when I was young. It made a huge impression on me at the time. I always remember how violent it was especially the first thirty minutes when the hunting party decide not to pay their way to enter the native territory.
The initial tortures and killing scenes are still brutal. At the centre is a brave performance from Cornel Wilde who also directed. Whilst the movie has dated a little with time you can still see it's influence on todays cinema - See Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" and you will know exactly what I mean.
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the naked prey
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 04/05/2008 10:48:20
I saw this film soon after release. I thought then that it was superb and after seeing it again, although somewhat dated it is still a classic in my opinion.
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