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War Horse [DVD] [2011]

Jeremy Irvine , Benedict Cumberbatch , Steven Spielberg    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (887 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston
  • Directors: Steven Spielberg
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2012
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (887 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NBY2GU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From director Steven Spielberg comes War Horse, an epic adventure for audiences of all ages.

Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows Joey’s the extraordinary journey as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets – British cavalry, German soldiers and a French farmer and his granddaughter – before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.

The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse – an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. War Horse is one of the great stories of friendship and war – a best-selling book by author Michael Morpurgo, it was turned into an award-winning stage production and now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.

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Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets-British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter-before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man's Land.
The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse-an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. Technically superb, proudly sentimental, and unabashedly old-fashioned, War Horse is an emotional drama that tugs the heartstrings with Spielberg's customary flair.
"Spielberg's Finest Work - A Masterpiece"
- Chris Tookey, Daily Mail
"Powerful, courageous and honest"
- Sunday Telegraph


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86 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War Horse- the way films use to be made... 22 Jan 2012
Format:DVD
I tried not to read the reviews or hype about this film as I wanted to experience it without any bias.From the opening scene of the lush fields of an English country-side, the idealic stone farmhouse- the flushed cheeks and blue eyes of our young hero,Jeremy Irvine and the sleek chestnut tones and velvet black eyes of the main protagonist Joey- everything glowed with the technicolour of days gone past.
Spielberg and Williams are a match made in cinema heaven - for each shot that has an emotional charge, the score will take you by the hand to get you there-to those emotional highs and lows. Remember the days of Star Wars , Raiders of the Last Ark, ET; beloved films that are permanently etched onto our frontal lobe, with a great composer and a great director, being the artists who put them there.
War Horse has that kind of magic. Originating from a Michael Morpugo book,whose narratives always seem to hover around those sentimental heart strings and the dynamic duo are now a trio. For those nay-sayers , pounding your little fists and shouting, 'manipulative film-making'- News Flash! All film-making is supposed to and designed to have an impact on the viewer and most filmakers try very hard to achieve this- it's just that Spielberg does it so much better.
There is plenty to sink your teeth into with this wonderful film including a marvelous ensemble cast. Take the family or just yourself- and bring the tissues.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning 3 May 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I want to give this 4.5/5, but I can't. After reading the book, learning about it in English lessons, seeing the West End play, I knew straight away I had to see this. I loved War Horse in every format, especially the film. Like the title says, it is Visually Stunning, and will be stunning on Blu-ray. The acting is amazing, it's really enjoyable and you will certainly feel the pain of the horse. I especially love War Horse because you get to see what it's like on both sides of the war and it's not biased at all. I believe to have ranked it 3rd in my top films of 2012 so far. 4.5/5 stars

UPDATE: As of 24/12/12, it's 9th on my Top 10 of 2012.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War horse 10 Feb 2014
By cj
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An excellent film , very we'll made and worth watching .a simple story with good acting and shows how horses where treated
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horse..um!!! 1 Feb 2012
By wayne
Format:DVD
Just been to see this film with some friends and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. From the opening shots of rural Devon and the English countryside, the stunning battle sequences, (the charge through the camp sequence is truly stunning!) and the wonderful heart warming scenes peppered throughout this film IS the film of 2012.
Steven Spielberg captures every scene between the boy and his horse beautifully and indeed the horse itself is a truly magnificent creature. If an animal were ever offered an oscar nomimation Joey the horse would certainly be up for it.
Steven once again captures the horrors of war brilliantly once again but doesn't take it to extremes thus losing the focus on the real story which is of course the horse.
I can honestly say I have never been so moved by a movie of this caliber for a very long time. Might want to pack some Kleenex though!
A five star treat!!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars 9 May 2012
Format:DVD
The most moving film i have seen in my life. You really feel for joey the horse and topthorn his friend horse. Also its really good because it shows the war from both sides that there was bad and good on both sides and everyone suffered rather than being one sided.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars war horse 28 Nov 2012
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brilliant...nearly intears ...the story was about a young lads love for a horse which was reciprocated,they both find themselves being dragged through a world war together but finally coming home to peace.. the whole story was done in such a mesmerising way that it held your attention from start to finish..the brutality and compassion found in war was put over in such a compelling way that even now monthes after watching it i am still affected by it..i would recommend this to ADULT audiences only(far too upsetting for children) even though i did intially think that it would be good for my grandaughter- luckily i watched it first as i realised then it was the stuff of nightmares for young-and maybe even older-kids even in these enlightened days..
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63 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long faced look at war 28 Feb 2012
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
More recently Steven Spielberg has become known as a producer, in fact his directing credits are becoming less common.

In the past year he has produced the brillant Super 8, one of my favorites, directed by JJ Abrams, the creator, writer and occasional director of Lost, and the recent Star trek. Super 8 is a great nostalgia piece evoking the early eighties, and an homage to Spielberg's earliest movies. Spielberg also produced Cowboys and Aliens, a somewhat weird meshing of two genres.

Now with War Horse Spielberg directs, and shows his masterful touches throughout. In fact, if you are like me you can see traces of many great movies of the past. The early portions of the movies showing English countryside scenes, and the musical soundtrack of John Williams are reminiscent of John Ford's The Quiet Man. Trench warfare scenes are reminiscent of that all time classic All Quiet on the Western Front. Incidents relating to deserting soldiers are thematically reminiscent of Kubrick's Paths of Glory.

War, as bad as it is, somehow seems worse when an innocent animal is involved, which ultimately makes War Horse the ultimate anti war polemic. And we have a love story between a young boy Albert, and a horse named Joey. As the movie begins we see the horse being born.

Later Albert's alcoholic father instead of buying a proper plough horse, foolishly pits himself agaainst his own landlord in bidding for the flash horse Joey, instead of a huge Clydesdale, making his tenancy precarious, and imperiling his families limited fortunes. Joey faces many trials and tribulations adjusting to the plough. Here we have a wonderful perforamnce from Emily Watson as the mother, cruelly snubbed during award season.
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