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

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
War Horse is a well-crafted typically Spielberg film about a boy and his horse. A farm boy trains a rough and ready horse to plough his parents field. His taming on this unruly creature sparks a loving relationship between the pair which is sustained through many challenges to come.

Joey the horse is one of the most compelling characters to grace the silver screen in some time. The trainers on this film are to be applauded for their handling as Joey is often hugely expressive with a tilt of the head or a fling of his mane. The heart of the audience is with Joey and it is a joy to watch him through his endless trials.

Joey finds himself separated from Albert when he is sold to the army to be used in the war. Albert is too young to become a soldier but vows to find Joey and bring him home.

The war scenes are typically gritty but are fairly short lived, this is a story about a horse not the violence that war brings. As to be expected the emotional beats are plentiful and the cinematography is superb ably backed up with one of John Williams’ most stirring scores.

Spielberg knows how to tug at the heart strings but here there is a little more subtlety, although an overly cheesy parting shot does threaten to derail the whole experience.

Soaring and grand and full of emotion War Horse is a surprise treat.
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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 105 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Musicman on 29 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
This film is the film that exceeds all others...I am not ashamed to say that ,especially in the last 15 minutes, tears were running down my cheeks...No I am not a wimp--far from it-I am a 6ft 4inch -- 16 stone rugby loving epitome of masculinity but boy--there are some very moving eras in the life of the War Horse. This is a film NOT to miss..believe me. What I was impressed with was the way all through the film,including the 14-18 war era ,there was an absence of foul language and gore. Well done to all those involved in the making of such a brilliant film.
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By Thomas S-R on 25 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Absolutely dreadful! One of the worst films I have ever had to sit through. Simplistic, historically inaccurate, sentimental tosh! This may be perhaps marketed to also appeal to children, but I grew up watching proper war films and quite honestly I would still pick Dambusters, Zulu, A Bridge Too Far or Battle of Britain etc as far better films to show children where the topic is war. All the films listed demonstrated far worthier values such as courage and sacrifice than this melodramatic over sentimentalised clap trap!

World War One is particularly hard to deal with, particularly for a children's film but then again I watched All Quiet on the Western Front too as a child. Hell even though it is not realistic either, Blackadder Goes Forth serves as a better introduction to WW1 that this absolute travesty. The action scenes in this film are absolutely fatuous. Also there is a ridiculous scene where the horses charge a encampment just for them to fall back to emplaced positions. This would never happen, they would not have camped in the open if they had emplaced heavy machine guns to sweep the very field they had camped on. This was a desperate effort by the filmmakers to keep perpetuating the myth of the poor leadership in the first world war in one very simplistic scene and it just does not work.

Quite frankly how any adult can enjoy this is beyond me. Stay well away.
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