If you have never seen Never Cry Wolf, you are missing a largely undiscovered gem. Charles Martin Smith's portrayal of author Farley Mowat is an exercise in understated brilliance. I saw this film twice when it was in general release, and have watched it many, many more times since then on video; always rented.
After many years of not having seen it, recently I purchased Never Cry Wolf on DVD. The film is even better than I remember: quiet, thoughtful, respectful, intelligent. All describe Never Cry Wolf.
So, sadly, does deplorable. The transfer is horrendous. In the opening sequences, it is obvious that the DVD is simply a copy taken from a rather well-used print. If that were the only trouble, it would be unacceptable. I can buy well-used videos if old prints are what I want. Instead, it is just the start of the troubles.
The transfer is so dark as to be almost black in large sections (as played on both my DVD player and my computer DVD), especially when the scenes are interior shots. The beauty of sub-arctic light (it was filmed in Atlin, BC) is lost in muddy colors and dullness. The film is almost unwatchable, because the transfer leaves little to watch.
A previous poster has suggested Never Cry Wolf a prime candidate for Criterion. I whole heartedly agree (Criterion. Are you listening?). In the right hands, this great film could get the treatment it deserves.
5+ stars for the film
1 star for the transfer