Movie Review: THE TIGER HUNTER (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

THE TIGER HUNTER was directed by Lena Khan from a screenplay by Sameer Gardezi and Khan. The film stars Danny Pudi, Jon Heder, Rizwan Manji, Karen David, Sam Page, Iqbal Theba, Parvesh Cheena with Michael McMillian and Kevin Pollak.  Produced by Megha Kadakia, Lena Khan and Nazia Khan.

A clever young man comes to America on a quest for success and love in a hilarious story of ambition, failure, and misfit friends. Set in the 1970s, The Tiger Hunter is the story of Sami Malik, a young Indian who travels to America to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father—a legendary tiger hunter back home. When Sami’s job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he’s far more successful than he truly is…or perhaps ever could be.

Sami leaves India to live the American dream but as soon as he arrives he quickly finds out that it’s not as easy as he thought it was going to be. He gets an entry level job and has to prove himself along the way plus he learns that he can’t trust some of the people around him. There’s learning curves and drawbacks but Sami keeps pressing forward with a positive attitude. He also finds out that the love of his life is coming to visit him so he desperately makes some bad decisions to impress the one he loves and her strict military father and things don’t go as planned. In the end, Sami learns from the mistakes he’s made in his short time in America and sets out on a course to make things right where everything slowly starts to fall in place for him.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc wer ereally good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Tiger Hunter ended up being a light-hearted story about immigration and how one might go about doing things once they arrive here in this great country. I liked the entertaining story and the cast did an amazing job with these likable characters of theirs. Danny Pudi has always been one of the team players/supporting cast members in everything I’ve watched him in but in The Tiger Hunter he gets to play the lead and delivers a great performance. He’s also complimented by a strong supporting cast. Lena Khan did a really good job telling this charming immigrant story and bringing it all to life on screen plus it’s a movie that everybody can sit down and watch and get something out of it. This quirky little comedy is all about trying to fit in a new place and finding your spot in this world but it’s also about making mistakes and learning from them – with a little humor thrown in. The Tiger Hunter is the latest to join Shout! Factory’s new Shout Select line and is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features:

  • “Not Just an Immigrant Story: The Making of The Tiger Hunter”—feaurette featuring interviews and a look behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers (1:11:54)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (02:00)


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