Quest for Fire

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Overview

Jean-Jacques Annaud's 1981 prehistoric adventure Quest for Fire comes to DVD in a widescreen edition from 20th Century Fox. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soundtrack is in English with optional subtitles available in French and Spanish. English closed captions are accessible. Director Annaud provides one commentary track, while another track is provided by producer Michael Gruskoff and actors Rae Dawn Chong and Ron Perlman. Other special features include a featurette, theatrical trailer, and 15 video galleries ...
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Overview

Jean-Jacques Annaud's 1981 prehistoric adventure Quest for Fire comes to DVD in a widescreen edition from 20th Century Fox. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soundtrack is in English with optional subtitles available in French and Spanish. English closed captions are accessible. Director Annaud provides one commentary track, while another track is provided by producer Michael Gruskoff and actors Rae Dawn Chong and Ron Perlman. Other special features include a featurette, theatrical trailer, and 15 video galleries with director's commentary. The video galleries focus on specific locations, inspirations, designs, and promotions.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentaries by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Michael Gruskoff, Ron Perlman and Rae Dawn Chong; 15 video galleries with director's commentary; Theatrical trailer; Featurette
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Since nearly every movie set in prehistoric times before Quest for Fire was either a special effects-driven action film (One Million B.C.), a dopey comedy (Caveman, released the same year as Quest), or a small segment in a larger story (2001: A Space Odyssey), this movie can claim the high ground pretty much to itself. Eschewing subtitles and narration; employing heavy hitters Anthony Burgess and Desmond Morris to come up with special languages, body language, and gestures; casting virtual unknowns; and throwing in R-rated violence and sex, Quest for Fire still manages to be pretty entertaining and very easy to follow. Not that we're talking about a sophisticated story line: the Ulam tribe loses their fire source, sends three of its men out to find some more, and they come back not only with a flame but with a companion who can help them create more just by rubbing two sticks together. The script, adapted from a novel by J. H. Rosny Sr., depicts a world of tribes that basically mistrust one another, only some are more aggressive about that mistrust than others. There are a number of arresting images, none more touching than watching one of the Ulam desperately blowing on the tribe's last ember, only to have it die out. Watching this film on widescreen DVD allows you to luxuriate in the scenic locations, although shooting in Scotland, Iceland, Canada, and then Kenya makes for some slightly disconcerting terrain and vegetation changes by the filmmakers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2003
  • UPC: 024543068464
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,535

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Everett McGill Naoh Ulam Tribe Member
Rae Dawn Chong Ika Ivaka Tribe Member
Ron Perlman Amoukar, Ulam tribe member
Nameer El-Kadi Gaw, Ulam tribe member
Gary Schwartz Rooka
Kurt Schiegl Faum
Franck-Olivier Bonnet Aghoo
Brian Gill
Terry Fitt
Matt Birman
Joy Boushel
George Buza Kzamm Tribe
Bibi Caspari
Ellen Chenoweth
Peter Elliott Mikr
Peter Elliott Mikr
Karen Hazzard
Jean-Michel Kindt
Robert Lavoie
Michelle Leduc
Technical Credits
Jean-Jacques Annaud Director
Claude Agostini Cinematographer
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Ashbee Sound/Sound Designer
Véra Belmont Co-producer
Gérard Brach Screenwriter
David Bracknell Asst. Director
Michele Burke Makeup
Clinton Cavers Art Director
Guy J. Comtois Production Designer
Jacques Dorfmann Co-producer
David Evans Sound Editor
Joe Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Austin Grimaldi Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Gruskoff Producer
John Hay Costumes/Costume Designer
Claude Hazanavicius Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Heeley-Ray Sound Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Denis Heroux Producer
John Kemeny Producer
Yves Langlois Editor
Martin Malivoire Special Effects
Sarah Monzani Makeup
Brian Morris Production Designer
Claude Nedjar Associate Producer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Philippe Sarde Score Composer
Garth Thomas Associate Producer, Production Manager
Christopher Tucker Makeup
Matthew Vibert Asst. Director
Kevin Ward Sound/Sound Designer
Don White Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. The Ulam Tribe
3. Invaders
4. The Hunted
5. No More Fire
6. The Quest
7. Up a Tree
8. Cannibals
9. A Fight for Fire
10. Ika
11. A Celebration of Fire
12. The Mammoths
13. An Interest in Ika
14. Left Behind
15. The Hut
16. Quicksand
17. The Ivaka Tribe
18. Ivaka Hospitality
19. The Secret of Fire
20. The New Ivaka
21. Going Home
22. Ika's Way
23. On the Run
24. The Bear
25. Modern Warfare
26. Naoh's Miracle
27. Home and Family
28. End Titles
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Original 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
      Commentary by Jean-Jacques Annaud
      Commentary by Rae Dawn Chong, Michael Gruskoff, Ron Perlman
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Quest for Fire Adventure
      Theatrical Trailer
      Galleries With Running Commentary
         Inspirations
         Locations - Iceland
         Locations - Kenya
         Storyboards
         Inspirations for Sets
         Set Design
         Prop Design
         Casting and Training
         Costumes
         Make-Up
         Burgess Dictionary
         Mammoths
         Behind the Scenes
         Production Shots
         Promotion
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Quest for greatness

    This film isn't at all what i would expect, from it's stunning scenes to it's groundbreaking content, Quest For Fire is truely a great film. The movie in it's entirety isn't at all too complicated, it's merely about a clan during the late days of the iceage who loses their fire and sends three worriors to get a new blaze. The directing was exceptional, but not the best, instead the movie's strength lies in the actors. The actors didn't just grunt like cavemen, instead they presented emotional appeal to the movie. While this movie can seem to be a bit much at times, there is still so much affort in it to make it be a truelly great film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A dramatic appreciation of a different era

    One of the best movies in decades. Not fancy on special effects or extreme action, just pure well written screenplay, logical and well adapted.

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