The Naked Prey


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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Cornel Wilde
Year: 1965
Format: Blu-ray
Genre: Action-Adventure
Cast: Bella Randles, Cornel Wilde, Eric Mcanyana, Franklyn Mdhluli, Fusi Zazayokwe, Gert Van den Bergh, Horace Gilman, Joe Dlamini, John Marcus, Jose Sithole, Ken Gampu, Morrison Gampu, Patrick Mynhardt, Richard Mashiya, Sandy Nkomo
Original Language: English
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs: 1
Street Date: 2-Oct-18
Runtime (minutes):

SKU: CC2954BD Categories: ,


Glamorous leading man turned idiosyncratic auteur Cornel Wilde created in the 1960s and ’70s a handful of gritty, violent explorations of the nature of man, none more memorable than The Naked Prey. In the early nineteenth century, after an ivory-hunting safari offends a group of South African hunters, the colonialists are captured and hideously tortured. A lone marksman (Wilde) is released, without clothes or weapons, to be hunted for sport, and he begins a harrowing journey through savanna and jungle back to a primitive state. Distinguished by vivid widescreen camera work and unflinchingly ferocious action sequences, The Naked Prey is both a propulsive, stripped-to-the-bone narrative and a meditation on the concept of civilization.

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2007 by film scholar Stephen Prince
  • “John Colter’s Escape,” a 1913 record of the trapper’s flight from Blackfoot Indians—which was the inspiration for The Naked Prey—read by actor Paul Giamatti
  • Original soundtrack cues created by director Cornel Wilde and ethnomusicologist Andrew Tracey, along with a written statement by Tracey
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and a 1970 interview with Wilde

    Cover by Michael Boland

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