I’m sorry but I can’t resist saying this because I simply don’t understand why the film is so popular. HATARI is one of my all time pet hates. I just can’t stand the film with all that comedy/adventure material which seems to meander forever with little point or purpose. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever managed to watch it all the way through. There – I’m so glad I got that off my chest!
Wow, Douglas...I can see someone not really digging HATARI!, but I'm surprised that anyone could actually hate such a likeable, easygoing film. Anyhow, I respect your opinion, even if I disagree heartily. It's one of my absolute favorite John Wayne films...I appreciate the way it meanders all over the place, focusing more on character and atmosphere rather than plot. Usually I'd agree with you about the plotless aspect, but something about this film just hits the exact right chord with me. I like these people, the African setting and the feeling of just hanging out with them through a season of animal catching. It's one of those movies like RIO BRAVO (another ambling entertainment from Howard Hawks) where I wish the story could just keep going on so I can spend a little more time with the characters.
I'm disappointed the A/V quality isn't all it should be, but the new Blu-Ray has got to be an improvement over the lousy DVD transfer. I just ordered the Japanese disc and should receive it by Monday. Like Mr. Crawford, I often find myself much happier with a given transfer than many of the other posters here (I'm pretty dang happy with THE QUIET MAN, for instance). Can't wait to check it out myself next week. Been waiting for this one to hit Blu-Ray for a long time. Thanks to the posters in this thread for alerting me to this release!