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"This film is roughly cut, and sloppily done. However, I believe it a a very good film! Heston is excellent, the visuals are excellent, and the picture does a fine job of portraying the Klondike gold rush conditions. Sure, there are slicker jobs out there, but with just a little work, I think this could be fixed nicely. Perhaps someday they could redo this for a better DVD release, add in a bunch of the footage, pretty it up. But until then, this film provides an authentic look at how it must have been, and, Heston is great."
Buck realizes his potential
bernie | Arlington, Texas | 06/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The Indians in this frozen land tell of a ghost dog which runs at the head of a wolf pack. - They are afraid. For it has more strength than any wolf, more cunning than any dog. No one knows from whence he came or why he stays."
It is summer in California and Buck has it made as the family pet. That is until it is discovered that he was worth his wait in gold or at least $75. He is sold to a broker who will take him to the Klondike where only dogs can do the work usually delegated to horses. There Buck goes through many lives, trials, and tribulations finally realizing his potential. On the way he learns many concepts from surprise, to deceit, and cunning; he also learns loyalty, devotion, and love. As he is growing he feels the call of the wild. And so do we.
Screen Play: Peter Welbeck Win Wells Peter Yeldham
True to the book this film holds nothing back. All the highlights of the original story are portrayed and Charlton Heston has the main character, John Thornton down to a tee. And unlike some Disney versions we see Buck's tribute and love for John.
The Call of the Wild: Annotated and Illustrated"
One other good line
Robert Luzaire | Virginia United States | 01/31/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"From Winthrop Harrison "winharrison" review:
"Still, this dull film contains one classic Chuck Heston line - words he was born to speak: "Mister, if you touch that dog again I'm gonna shoot ya!" Yippee!"
There is one other great Heston line in this film. With Buck growling at a malevolent frenchman, Heston says, with rifle in hand, "My dog don't like the way you smell."
There. Now you don't have to watch the movie!"
Worst quality DVD I have even owned, to date.
Henry Chen | California | 02/16/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Video is bad, audio is bad, packaging is bad. Watching this DVD right out of the box is like watching a VHS tape that has been run 100 times. *NOT* recommended for any DVD fan. Maybe you'll have better luck with a VHS tape. Spend your money somewhere else."
Jack London's Best, Charlton Heston at his best & Buck round
Jill Jenkins | E. Florida USA | 11/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This wonderfully naturalistic movie is not for the weak at heart. The story line was taken from Jack London's adventures in his own life experiences. Charlton Heston did an absolutely wonderful job acting out the part, Buck the dog made the entire movie perfect! So this movie more than deserves the 5 stars! This story was taken from the late 1800's during the great gold rush days, hard core times for many men... it's not supposed to be easy on the emotions!"