War Horse 2011

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War Horse centres on the tale of a young Devon farmhand who enters the First World War trenches in search of Joey, his beloved colt. Adapted by the Children's classic by Michael Morpurgo.

Starring:
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 26 minutes
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Kross
Director Steven Spielberg
Genres Drama
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release 7 May 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 26 minutes
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Kross
Director Steven Spielberg
Genres Drama
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release 7 May 2012
Main languages English

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87 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Samarees Sword on 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 By Nik Davies on 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 By cj on 10 Feb 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 By wayne on 1 Feb 2012
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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
War Horse [2012] [Blu-ray] SPIELBERG’S FINEST WORK – A MASTERPIECE!

From director Steven Spielberg comes the epic adventure of War Horse, and is a tale of incredible loyalty, hope and tenacity set against the sweeping canvas of World War I. Based on the best-selling book of British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name set before and during World War I and award-winning stage production, this deeply heartfelt story begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and his young trainer Albert. When they are forced apart by war, and we follow Joey’s extraordinary journey as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets. Filled with spectacularly rich visuals – and complete with a never-before-seen bonus feature – War Horse is “epic family entertainment” [Film 2012] and one of the most powerful and moving stories of friendship ever told.

FILM FACT: The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, two Golden Globe Awards and five BAFTAs.

Cast: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Céline Buckens, Toby Kebbell, Patrick Kennedy, Leonard Carow, David Kross, Matt Milne, Robert Emms, Eddie Marsan, Nicolas Bro, Rainer Bock, Hinnerk Schönemann, Geoff Bell, Liam Cunningham, Gerard McSorley, Tony Pitts, Pip Torrens, Philippe Nahon, Julian Wadham, David Dencik, Edward Bennett, Johnny Harris, Tam Dean Burn and Maximilian Brückner

Director: Steven Spielberg

Producers: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy

Screenplay: Lee Hall and Richard Curtis

Composer: John Williams

Cinematography: Janusz Kamiński

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nozama on 10 Jun 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
With all the hype and being directed by Steven Spielberg, I was really looking forward to watching 'War Horse' as being a 'Private Ryan' type depiction, of the role that the horse actually played during WW1. You know,with a bit of realism? Was I sadly mistaken. What you get to see is a sugary 'Lassie Come-Home' type treatment. I blame myself for not seeing any of the trailers, if I had, my review could have been different? Mind you, If I had seen the trailers I would not have bothered buying the DVD in the first place.
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