Hunted

The Hunted

1.8 6
Director: William Friedkin

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Connie Nielsen

     
 

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William Friedkin's 2003 action thriller The Hunted comes to DVD for the first time with this release. Presenting the film in a 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio (a full-screen edition with the same features was released simultaneously), the disc features the English soundtrack in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and

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William Friedkin's 2003 action thriller The Hunted comes to DVD for the first time with this release. Presenting the film in a 1.85:1 widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio (a full-screen edition with the same features was released simultaneously), the disc features the English soundtrack in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0. A dubbed French Dolby Digital 5.1 track and English subtitles are also available. The special features section includes feature-length audio commentary by director Friedkin, four making-of documentary featurettes, six deleted scenes, and the original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Edgy and suspenseful, with bursts of shocking violence, this cat-and-mouse thriller represents a welcome return to form for director William Friedkin, the erstwhile wunderkind whose early successes (The French Connection and The Exorcist) preceded a string of highly uneven films, many of them box-office flops. The Hunted demonstrates that Friedkin hasn’t lost the knack of keeping viewers on the edge of their seats. Tommy Lee Jones plays L. T. Bonham, a former trainer of Special Forces assassins recruited by a beleaguered FBI agent (Connie Nielsen) to help track down one of Bonham’s former pupils, Aaron Hallam (Benicio Del Toro), who is currently using his skills to murder hunters in the Oregon wilderness. L.T. recognizes all too well how difficult this will be: Hallam is not only extraordinarily talented, he’s also younger, faster, stronger, and possibly even smarter than his teacher. A great deal of The Hunted seems to have been "borrowed" from the original Rambo story, First Blood. But Friedkin and his stars make the story their own. Jones is excellent in the way he suggests a nagging fear that, as a middle-aged man, he might not be equal to the task assigned him. And yet, feeling somehow responsible for Hallam, he pushes on. For his part, Del Toro plays the deranged assassin with sincerity, conviction, and even warmth. This last trait is obvious in his scenes with Leslie Stefanson, who’s excellent as the single mother who seems to be Hallam’s only intimate friend. Friedkin stages the pursuit with great skill; every time he teeters on the brink of incredulity, he pulls himself back. The result is a grimly realistic but oddly compelling chase film.
Washington Post
A good ride, briskly paced, well played and vividly photographed. Rita Kempley
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
What makes the movie fresh is that it doesn't stand back and regard its pursuit as an exercise, but stays very close to the characters and focuses on the actual physical reality of their experience.
Los Angeles Times
The film has great forward thrust -- Friedkin's a full-throttle guy -- and the director knows where to put the camera. Manohla Dargis

Product Details

Release Date:
08/12/2003
UPC:
0097363397243
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director William Friedkin; Four documentaries on the making of The Hunted: "Pursuing The Hunted," "Filming The Hunted," "Tracking The Hunted," "The Cutting Edge"; Six deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen version, enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French 5.1 Surround; English subtitles

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Kosovo, 1999
2. Lone Wolf
3. No Reverence
4. A Hard Man to Find
5. Tracking Hallam
6. A Killing Machine
7. Sweepers
8. Like a Father
9. Irene and Loretta
10. In the Tunnels
11. City Camouflage
12. Preparing for Battle
13. Kill Me a Son
14. Credits

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The Hunted 1.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What I mean by my headline is that in the book by David Morrell, which was the basis for the film, Trautman kills Rambo in the final scene as if he was putting down a rabid dog. The same goes here. Worked better for the film and also was the reason Kirk Douglas walked off the picture because the producers didn't like the ending. As for the film, although the editing is choppy and the plot is confusing as far as the relationships between the two main characters goes, what stood out the most for me is that the men we train to kill to protect our way of life are human too and we need to help them when they need help. We also need to admit responsibility for the things we make them do in service for God and country. Aside from that, the fight scenes are amazing! Jones and Del Toro trained 5 hours a day in a Philipino martial known as Sayoc Kali to do all of their own fights and it pays off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Way too violent. Really made me sick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to spend time listening to suspense music and watching knife fights...this one's for you! If you're looking for a movie with a plot...keep looking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly, this movie is the worst of the worst. I feel ripped off.. These S.A.G. folks collected a pay check on U.S. they did not even give a hoot about this idiotic, moron so called movie.. BAD, BAD, MOVIE.. All reviews of it give it any positive mention is in my opinion by Hooey Weird hacks. NO one unconnected could write a good word to this over $20 dollar movie.. It is pure C--p. Also the movie had P.C. big lies too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie starts with the lyrics to a Bob Dylan song( Highway 61 Revisited) "God said to Abraham kill me a son." In this case, more accurately it would have been "God said to Abraham butcher me a movie". Somehow it was both bloody and trite.