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  • Actors: Alex Etel, Bruce Allpress, Eddie Campbell, Ben Chaplin, Brian Cox
  • Directors: Jay Russell
  • Producers: Robert Bernstein, Charlie Lyons, Barrie M. Osborne, Douglas Rae
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, Estonian, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Greek, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015GQ3E0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,460 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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When a lonely young boy named Angus discovers a large, mysterious egg along the shores of Loch Ness, no one is prepared for what lies within. He soon discovers that the strange, mischievous hatchling inside is none other than The Water Horse, the loch's most mysterious and fabled creature! But with the Water Horse growing ten times its size every day, Angus finds it increasingly difficult to keep his new friend a secret. Two-time Academy Award(r) nominee Emily Watson (1998, Hilary and Jackie; 1996 Breaking the Waves), Alex Etel, Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line), David Morrissey (The Reaping) and Brian Cox (Running with Scissors) star in this heart warming tale from director Jay Russell (Tuck Everlasting) and written by Robert Nelson Jacobs (Flushed Away).


Based on a novel by Dick King-Smith, author of The Sheep Pig (from which Babe was adapted), the touching and often spectacular The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep ingeniously presumes to explain the truth behind "Nessie," , the Loch Ness Monster. The story, told in present day to a couple of American tourists by a kindly gentleman (Brian Cox) in a pub, begins with a lonely boy, Angus (Alex Etel), pining for his father, who is serving in the Royal Navy during World War II. Angus, along with his sister (Priyanka Xi) and mother (Emily Watson), live on an estate that has been billeted by soldiers in the Scottish Highlands, near Loch Ness. The troop’s commander (David Morissey) has an eye for mom, suspicions about a mysterious handyman, Lewis (Ben Chaplin), who is also a war hero, and an absurd contention that the Highlands are the real frontline in the war against Germany.

Into this intriguing drama comes a completely different element, a fantastical creature of Celtic mythology that befriends Angus and is, in fact, the sea-beast who will eventually be known as the Loch Ness Monster. Trying to hide the dinosaur-like fellow, nicknamed Crusoe, Angus enlists Lewis to transfer it to the lake, where boy and serpent have extraordinary adventures together until human stupidity threatens Crusoe’s existence. A true family film, there is a lot for adults to like about the grownup story in The Water Horse. Meanwhile, the wistful relationship between Angus and Crusoe--each of whom helps the other move past obstacles toward their individual destinies--will leave children feeling both happy and melancholy in the best possible sense. Directed by Jay Russell (My Dog Skip), The Water Horse is the best of a mini-genre of films about or inspired by old Nessie. --Tom Keogh.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Ehlovere on 29 May 2008
Format: DVD
I saw this wonderful movie at the cinema and loved it - I will definitely be grabbing a copy when it comes out on dvd. Set in the time of WW2 it's the tale of a young boy who finds an egg which hatches into a strange little beast known as a water horse - the boy then has to find ways to hide the endearing and curious creature from not only his family but the army who are using their house as a temporary base. The relationship between the boy and his rapidly growing nautical friend is heart warming, and the uncertainty of the beast's future will have you biting your nails. The waterhorse is so realistically animated you do forget that he's not real. And the climax of the film almost had me in tears. This is perfect family viewing that can be watched again and again, I would highly recommend it to both adults and children - a really lovely tale of friendship between man and beast that you can become completely absorbed in.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Felthouse VINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
The Water Horse is based in Scotland, and more specifically, the area around Loch Ness. One day, lonely little boy Angus is searching for shells and things by the shore of the Loch, when he discovers what looks like a big egg-shaped rock. On closer investigation, he finds it is in fact an egg. Called away suddenly, he leaves the egg in his father's workshop, and races off. The next time he comes back, he discovers the egg has hatched. On hunting high and low for what came out of the egg, Angus is confronted by a strange little creature. They quickly become friends. But as the creature grows enormously each time it eats, Angus finds it very difficult to keep his not-so-little friend a secret. Soon other people are enlisted to help keep Angus' secret and protect the well-being of the creature, which they've now identified as what they believed was a fictional creature. However, as the water horse, Crusoe, grows and grows... so does the amount of trouble he causes!

I don't want to say too much because I'll give the game away, but this is a lovely film. I haven't read the book, but it's now on my hit list. It's a very touching story about a lonely little boy refusing to acknowledge his father has been killed in military service during World War II, and he throws himself into other pursuits to forget his loss. He's a sad little boy missing his daddy. His friendship with Crusoe is the perfect distraction, and the interaction between the two brought a tear to my eye more than once.

Overall, this is a fantastic, and somewhat underappreciated film. It didn't make much of a splash (pardon the pun) at cinemas from what I gather, but I think it may do better on DVD as word gets out. This is a perfect family film, as parents will love it as much as kids, and also you'll love it if you're a big softie like me!! Excellent!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Morris on 2 May 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is one of those heart warming wonderful films that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.

I will not go into the synopsis of the movie as you will find it on this page. However, if you are someone who is thinking of purchasing this title and have a Blu ray player then this transfer is superb. In fact, this was one of the first Blu ray titles I bought shortly after receiving my Blu ray player. The opening scenes depicting the Scottish countryside are absolutely crystal clear. We even noticed that during a scene where we see the hands of a fisherman we could see the hairs on them!

Audio is also fantastic, with amazing depth and clarity and deliver punchy performance during action sequences. The CGI work in this movie is also first rate and is shown off to great effect in this Blu ray transfer.

I can recommend this title without reservation and for the price it's a must-buy for your Blu ray collection.

Simply wonderful!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Smith on 1 Feb. 2008
Format: DVD
This film was not my first choice, and it was presented as being for kids, but finally my wife and I enjoyed it nevertheless.
The movie is set in Scotland during the 2nd would war. A young lad Angus (Alex Etel) finds an egg on the beach, and surprise surprise it hatches into an odd looking little creature (the star of the movie christened Crusoe). We see Angus's older sister Kirstie (Priyanka Xi) let into the secret, and his mother Anne (Emily Watson) kept out of it. We see the British army appear to "protect" the locals in the middle of nowhere (Loch Ness) commanded by the usual arrogant chinless wonder Capt. Hamilton (David Morrissey). We see the "hero" Lewis Mowbray (Ben Chaplin) appear as the handyman, and he quickly learns about the existence of the "monster", not surprising since it doubles in size daily. In no time at all Crusoe is "hidden" in the local Loch, but this is not the end of the story. After a number of close shaves, which make up a major part of the film, Crusoe (now the size of a small house) makes it to the open seas.
The characters are all well played, and there is nothing "dark" in this film, even the "baddy" Capt. Hamilton helps Crusoe escape. Crusoe is extremely well created, and I was reminded of the way ET managed to create sympathy with the audience, human-like expressions and all.
I read one critic say that the film does not insult the intelligence of the audience - this is true, but it still remains very much on well trodden ground for family entertainment.
Overall a nice film, and one that kids will appreciate, and my wife loved it.
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