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White Hunter, Black Heart

review by Zach B.

 

 

 

Clint Eastwood, in one of his most unusual but interesting performances, plays film director John Wilson, who shoots a new movie in Africa. However, instead of actual caring about his latest film, Wilson becomes obessed with shotting a wild elephant.

Fun Fact: The film is based on co-writer's Peter Viertel book which was really a look at legendary filmmaker John Huston and the making of "The African Queen."

 

 

"White Hunter, Black Heart" features a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that is slighty above average. The film has noise, edge halos and is pretty grainy. It also features dirt pieces, scratches and blemishes all over that always distract. Still, detail within the image is decent, the image is a bit soft but looks a little sharp at times and the color saturation and fleshtones are adaquette. There is no edge enhancment either.

 

 

"White Hunter, Black Heart" has an English 5.1 Dolby Digital remix that works pretty well. The film has a nice ambiance to it with a good balance of music, dialogue and surround effects. The music helps add a bit more to the atmosphere, whie the dialogue is easy to hear and sounds pretty full. The surround effects themselves are subtle and direct. People talking in the background, little noises in rooms and of course, more action-packed scenes involving hunting elephants (those certainly pack some discrete punches). In all, the 5.1 mix is an involving track. Also included are Dolby Stereo Surround tracks in French and Japanese, plus a Portuguese mono track. English, Spanish, Thai, French, Korean, Japanese, French, Portuguese and Chinese subtitles are included, plus English closed captions.

 

 

An anamorphic widescreen Theatrical Trailer for the movie (it is kind of weird) and film highlights of Eastwood's career (plus a cast and crew listing).

 

 

This is a pretty solid movie by Eastwood - his experimental performance actually does work and his direction is pretty smooth. If you're a fan of the movie, given the decent retail price, it's worth to have.

Studio: Warner Bros.

Retail Price: $`19.98

Features: Eastwood Film Highlights, Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Surround Stereo, Portuguese Mono, Japanese Dolby Surround Stereo, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Japanese Subtitles, Chinese Subtitles, Thai Subtitles, Korean Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (31 Scenes)

Released: September 2nd, 2003

 

 

MPAA Rating: PG

Running Time: 112 minutes

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Fahey, George Dzundza, Alun Armstrong, Marisa Berenson

Screenplay by: Peter Viertel & James Bridges and Burt Kennedy
Based on the novel by: Peter Viertel

Directed by: Clint Eastwood