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Hatari! (Widescreen)

4.5 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger, Red Buttons, Gérard Blain
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Writers: Harry Kurnitz, Leigh Brackett
  • Producers: Howard Hawks, Paul Helmick
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • Release Date: July 24 2001
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JSGK
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Howard Hawks teams up with John Wayne (again) in a romantic comedy about professional game hunters in Africa who don't use bullets; instead they capture the animals with strong ropes and cameras for zoos and circus attractions. In addition to a fine supporting cast including Elsa Martinelli and Red Buttons, the film features a sparkling Henry Mancini musical score that includes the bouncy hit, \"Baby Elephant Walk.\"\n\"Hatari! ... may mean 'danger in Swahili' ... but as unreeled in splendid color, it simply stands for rhinos and romance and giraffes and girls.... Mr. Hawks and his photographers ... have also come up with sweeping vistas of tawny Tanganyika plains surrounded by cloud-covered mountains that are breathtaking, and their shots of a tree full of chattering monkeys, racing zebras, ostriches, elands and gnus, as well as the three baby elephants who playfully charge through the streets of Arusha, give the wildlife its due.\"-NYTimes

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Howard Hawks's 1962 adventure-comedy is basically the same, loosely plotted movie Hawks made over and over again for decades. A collection of professionals with a common goal--in this case, animal trapping in Tanganyika--forms a pocket community and holds each other to high standards in their work. This is a film about camaraderie, crisp banter, romance, and exciting action (the animal sequences are great). John Wayne played this part in about a thousand ways for Hawks over the years, and he could not be more entertaining as a grizzled pro. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The image quality of this Blu-ray disk is just so-so. It lacks snap and color fidelity and seems more like a DVD presentation. Apparently the original film was shot in 35mm Technicolor and released on 35mm print stock according to IMDB information. It also has a monophonic sound track but Henry Mancini's compelling music score still sounds great. There are many scenic wide shots of wild game being pursued by Wayne and his band of animal catchers. The African scenery cries out for crystal clear images. That blu-ray clarity just doesn't seem to be there. The story line is very simple and at times exciting during the animal hunt & capture moments. Red Buttons holds his own in typical semi-comedic fashion. One of the better moments in the film is seeing how Red captures 500 wild monkeys all in one fell swoop using a home made rocket and a gigantic fish net. All in all, it is a "kind" family type of film with 1950's era character propriety that seems rather artificial these days when comparing it to more contemporary films. It's 2 hrs and 37 minutes in length and keeps you pleasantly entertained throughout it. Definitely worth a viewing.
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White Hunters are not always into hunting for trophies as this movie implies all otherwise. Hatari is a Kiswahili word which means Danger and the precautions required to overcome the obstacles with the skills, patience and toughness. This movie is all about a different theme to capture the animals for Circus and Zoos around the world as very many cannot travel into the wilderness which is also full of Hatari anyway. John Wayne was also all about as the movie implies and soft spoken but also a tough guy when it comes to the actions against some of the most powerful and Hatari animals of the Tanzanian Game reserves. How animals are also quick to be adaptable in a man's world and all the cautions required to balance all as also played out in the final part, as the baby elephants on a rampage to track down their adoptive mother. Excellent story and photography to make us also aware of the beauty of the landscape of Africa.
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Fascinating glimpse at the past where drunk driving was okay.
This movie never let's its foot off the accelerator, and while a bit childish by today's mores, it's always engaging.
Fine performances from all involved, brilliant camera work throughout.
Classic Hollywood ending.
I keep watching it, and the bluray is a worthwhile step up from the dvd.
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The movie is excellent, but the Blu-Ray presentation is not. With all the on-location scenes of Africa and the wild animals, it deserves a far better quality transfer then what we get here. Dull, weak colours, sometimes looks like a VHS copy. Very disappointed.
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VIDEO:

Hatari! arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC @ 33.49 Mbps 1080p 1.78:1 encode. This transfer is extremely poor. The colours are weak and undersaturated. Detail is weak and inconsistent. Worst of all, sharpening has been applied throughout the image, resulting in digital noise and harshness. This electronic sharpening destroys any semblance of a film-like image. Even a relatively high bit-rate of 33.49 Mbps did not save this transfer disaster. It really did a great dis-service to Russell Harlan's (To Kill a Mockingbird) colour cinematography for Hatari! which was nominated for an Oscar. (2/5)

AUDIO:

Hatari!'s original mono track has been presented as lossless Dolby TrueHD 2.0, with identical front and left right channels, and it's an effective track with good dynamic range and surprisingly powerful impact, especially during the dramatic chase sequences. When fierce animals like the rhino crash into the moving vehicles, the sound may not spread throughout the room, but it's enough to convey the danger. Many of the animal cries had to be imitated and dubbed by game experts and zoo collectors, because wild creatures don't emote on cue, but the various cries, growls and bellows sound convincing, and the human dialogue is clear. Henry Mancini's score is the highlight of the audio. Listening to Baby Elephant Walk and Theme From Hatari really brings back many happy memories. If you are interested in the movie soundtrack, Hatari! (a rare find) is found in Henry Mancini’s Eight Classic Albums box set. (4/5)

TRIVIA:

1 Hatari! was Paramount’s highest gross film in 1962.
2 Hatari! means Danger in Swahili.
3 Composer Henry Mancini wrote a brief piece of incidental music to go with a scene where a baby elephant is taken for a walk.
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HATARI! may be the most enjoyable of the Howard Hawks/John Wayne collaborations (their other pairings produced the classics RED RIVER and RIO BRAVO, and the RIO BRAVO 'remakes' EL DORADO and RIO LOBO), and is exceptional in several ways; at 157 minutes (2 hours, 37 minutes), it may be one of the longest 'buddy' films ever made; nearly all of the animal 'chase and capture' sequences involved the actual cast members (professional handlers serving as stunt doubles were only rarely used); and the filming began with virtually no script (which was written based on the 'on location' footage in Africa, after the cast returned to California). At 65, director Hawks was still in top form, and the risks he took paid off...HATARI!, despite it's length, is never boring!
The story focuses on a season with a team of professional hunter/trappers, capturing animals for zoos and circuses. With a breathtaking opening scene of a rhino chase, costing them the use of veteran driver, 'Indian' (legendary actor Bruce Cabot), the 'family' dynamic is quickly established, with rugged Sean Mercer (Wayne) both boss and father-figure to the group. As he and the rest of the 'family' (Red Buttons, Hardy Krüger, Valentin de Vargas, and Michèle Girardon) meet 'Indian's' replacement, 'Chips' (Gérard Blain), Mercer has an even bigger headache to deal with; beautiful photographer Anna Maria 'Dallas' D'Allesandro (Elsa Martinelli) has arrived, to shoot a magazine spread. A 'traditional' Hawks leading lady, 'Dallas' is feisty, sultry, and attracted to Mercer, and the older man, uncomfortable with the ease by which she fits into the group, as well as his own stirrings, tries to make it clear that romance has no place on his agenda (in much the same manner as he did with Angie Dickinson in RIO BRAVO...
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