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Making War Horse [DVD]


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  • Directors: Phil Grabsky, David Bickerstaff
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: National Theatre/ Seventh Art Productions
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QW7J6S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,127 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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War Horse is a thrilling and spectacular production based on the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo. Winner of Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards, it has captured the hearts and minds of everyone that goes to see it; children and adults alike. Phil Grabsky and David Bickerstaff have been invited by the National Theatre to film the intricate process of putting on this extraordinary production, as it makes its way from the National Theatre to the West End and beyond.

With exclusive access to the actors who work these astonishing life-sized puppets, we learn exactly how the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company make these animals come to life. Throughout the film, director and creator, Michael Morpurgo gives us candid insights into his inspiration for this production as we film him at his home in Devon, surrounded by the fields that he drew his creativity from. This film will be more than just a behind-the-scenes documentary; it will be visually stunning and shot entirely in HD, will bring the magic of this extraordinary puppetry to the big screen. Phil Grabsky and David Bickerstaff's filming style is poetic and delves beyond the surface, revealing the passion and determination involved to make this production the success that it is.


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Christopher R. Cherry on 16 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
War Horse is a remarkable piece of theatre.
The making of War Horse looks behind the scenes at how the principal character was created. In the theatre the horses appear real, in this documentary they show how the horses come to life, to breath and express emotions and become three dimensional characters (the three operators just vanish - an indication of their skills) capable of making tears.
For theatre lovers a must, War Horses on a par with The Lion King when it comes to the suspension of belief!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. F. J. Bradbury on 16 Jun 2010
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I live in London but not keen on west end shows but recently saw War Horse at the new London theatre after being highly recommended. Hubby + I just loved it + both cried liked the rest of the audience, so very moving. If you visit London to see one show this is just a huge must. The documentary has lots of info, interviews with the puppet makers, the cast + the man who wrote the book the play was based on. After watching bought another for mum in law who has also seen + loved
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Mallett on 23 Nov 2010
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This DVD presents the whole history behind the making of the National Theatre's production of "War Horse" right from the beginning. I found it absolutely riveting and the actual puppets of the horses quite magical. How the actors coped with these inspired puppets, with sometimes three actors manipulating one puppet horse, was a fascinating journey for us and for them. I have never, unfortunately, seen this play but the DVD makes want to head for London immediately to catch this production, now in the West End, before it finishes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timberwolf on 4 May 2010
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A great insight into the making of the stage performance which gives you a better understanding of the thought processes involved in bringing a very difficult concept to its utterly engaging theatre experience.

Only view after you have enjoyed seeing War Horse
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Anna C. Ingledew on 3 July 2010
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I had to purchase this after I had seen Warhorse on the Stage. The puppets and their actions were
unbelievably real and I wanted to know how this had been done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendy on 15 Jan 2010
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The production of War Horse is superb and this DVD is a great memento. My copy is almost permanently out on loan at the moment. If I had seen the DVD first it would have brought more understanding to my (first!) visit to the performance. For me, the extras are better than the documentary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. D. Allen on 8 Jan 2010
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Fantastic. So glad that I bought it. Much better than I expected with lots of added extras. I didn't think that the puppetry would transfer to film like seeing it first hand, but it did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary T. Lamotta on 12 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
Wonderful story and one that I will certainly recommend to my grandchildren.
Looking forward to seeing the live performance and hoping it can be staged in New York soon.
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