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, David Kross
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By IP on 19 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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Unabashedly sentimental, emotionally direct and certainly aiming for a very broad audience, Spielberg's "War Horse" is a really interesting homage to an old fashioned epic Hollywood film-making style.

Everything about the film is obviously a little melodramatic and not "realistic" in the way "Saving Private Ryan" was, but I don't think Spielberg is trying to make the "Saving Private Ryan" of World War I movies here. This is a movie so earnest and straightforward, it's almost more of a children's fairy tale or fable (the 1982 novel is apparently categorized as a "children's book"). So as a viewer, I guess you either give in to the style or it just doesn't work for you, but for me, it's a surprisingly affecting film.

And what I think I enjoy the most about "War Horse" is the cinematography, which is nothing short of spectacular. Spielberg and Janusz Kaminski are obviously in complete control of their craft and here they're really showing off their stuff. I don't think "War Horse" as a whole is quite up there with the "great" Spielberg films, but in terms of cinematography, it is. The lighting, framing, use of natural landscapes, camera moves... it's all on display here and it all works.
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91 of 106 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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By BAZ316 on 13 July 2012
Format: DVD
I was a bit cynical before watching this,wondering if it's haters had a point,i'd now say they're talking garbage.
This is a truely special movie about a boy and his love for a horse,with spectacular scenery that blew me and my two companions away.
This horse is bought at an auction for more money than the buyer can afford and he knows he's about to lose his farm and everything else. Feeling despair at his probable mistake,the old man turns to his usual drink and his son takes to the horse,he sees something special in him.
After it's proved the horse has got it,the desperate father stupidly sells the horse off as a war horse. At this point,the horse goes through various adventures connected with the war,various angles of it. Being owned by several people,some wonderful characters among them.
The scenes for the most part are incredibly done and left me in awe at how well this whole thing was put together,making two hours twenty gallop past.
Some scenes were too sentimental for some viewers (their loss i say),but they are done to perfection in my humble view. The scene where a German and an Englishman are working togegther to free the horse from it's horrifc tangle may well have some people reaching for the bucket and crying "unrealistic",but i thought it was done well enough to ask yourself if anyone really wanted to fight.
This film has been slated for the acting and being contrived,but i'd say the acting's fine and as for being being contrived,i just enjoyed it for being the stunning film it was,so these people can use whatever silly words they wish to try to justify their hatred of something this beautiful.
The music is as fitting as you'd expect it to be and Speilberg is on top form once again in doing what he does,magic!
I can't say for sure whoever is reading this will love the movie as much as i do,but i would say movies this stunning don't come along very often,it's not just brilliant,it's something special.
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By Malcolm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
War Horse, the movie, is an adaptation for big screen of the children's novel
of the same name by Michael Morpurgo. It was also staged as a play for the
National Theatre.

Brilliantly directed by Steven Spielberg and introducing newcomer the very
able Jeremy Irvine, alongside, Emily Watson and Peter Mullan. It focuses
on the coming of age and friendship of a boy Albert and his horse Joey.

It is World War One and Joey is sold to the British Army, used and abused
in the way that humans all too often treat animals, echoes of "Black Beauty"
come to mind.

Set in the beautiful desolation of the Dartmoor country side and Castle
Combe village in Wiltshire, with other locations for the war footage,
it is good honest family entertainment. The war scenes though stark are
not particularly bloody and should not have youngsters or Grandma hiding
behind the Sofa. Certificated for age 12.

The back cover lists a Bonus Feature : War Horse - The Journey Home,
that was missing from my copy of the DVD, there is, however, a short
bonus feature titled The Look with insights from Spielberg, some cast
and crew.

Total viewing is approx 140 minutes.
Subtitles are available in English
and other languages.

Well worth buying !
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