To be honest there isn't much to say about the plot of the film, it's a straight forward film about tribesmen 80,000 years ago searching for fire after losing what little fire they had to another invading tribe.
Along the way they come across obstacles such as Sabretooth tigers, Woolly Mammoths (who it seems the main tribe we follow look up to through fear and fascination, nearly as a God like way), and of course other tribes, who are at different forms of Evolution. (Homo Sapiens, Homo Neanderthalensis, and of course Homo Erectus).
Throughout the film I was half expecting David Attenborough to start speaking a narrative, it came that close to feeling like watching a Documentary, the filmmaker and his team have done that good a job.
You have to remember these actors were running around practically naked and barefoot on some horrible ground.
They do such good work that even though you can't really relate to them, when it comes to one of them being close to death, you truly feel for them.
The Special Features:
Directors Commentary - In this commentary with Jean-Jacques Annaud, it really comes across how much research he did for the film, he also discusses that if he had made the film now, it would be a bit different due to the knowledge we now know compared to when he made the film. He also discusses matters about the actors genitals, and how they were made to look dark so you can't see them all the time, the language of the more evolved humans, and how it was largely a real language used by Cree/Inuits of Northern Canada. When they saw the film it apparently caused some amusement as the words spoken were nothing to do with anything happening within the film, then of course much more.
Ron Perlman, Rae Dawn Chong, Michael Gruskoff Commentary - The actors and producer reminisce on the film and explain things about the different tribes and the reality behind them. Mainly though it seems to be Perlman making jokes about everything on screen.
Interview with Jean-Jacques Annaud (33mins) - Jean speaks of the things he did before Quest For Fire and how one film he made was a flop (but got an Oscar still) , how lucky he was in everything, and about of course Quest For Fire in general and more.
The Making Of Quest For Fire (24 mins) - As soon as you start the Making Of, you can see the quality of the film before its restoration for Blu-Ray, and I think the restoration really adds something special to the film as it's much clearer and I believe you would feel more brought into it than if you watched it in the standard quality. It really is fun watching the behind the scenes, seeing these cameramen running around filming fights and such between men dressed as cavemen.
A number of different people speak about the film and how it was made, and the psyche of the different tribes used, also about the languages used.
There are many different interesting things on this Making Of, it's a lot of fun watching.
Video Gallery with Commentary by Jean Jacques Annaud - Unfortunately there isn't a play all button here.
But there are many galleries, on such things as Inspiration, Sets and locations, props, make-up, production and more.
All in all I have to give the film itself only a 5/10.
Blu-Ray release however - 7/10
It's definitely a good film, but not for everyone. If you like Documentaries, I'm sure you will enjoy it.
And if you are interested, definitely pre-order/buy the Blu-Ray release as it has some great special features, even if you want to watch a film with dialogue you can watch with commentary, and it won't take anything away from the movie, if anything it adds to the experience.
You can order Quest For Fire here: