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Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep

Jay Russell    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Jay Russell
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)


The Academy Award winning producer and special effects team behind The Lord Of The Rings join with Revolution Studios to bring this magical motion picture to the screen. The story of The Water Horse begins when a young boy named Angus MacMorrow takes home a mysterious object he finds on the beach. He soon realizes that it is a magical egg, and finds himself raising an amazing creature: a mythical "water horse". As he and his friend, whom he names Crusoe, form a bond of friendship, Angus begins a journey of discovery, protecting a secret that gives birth to a legend.

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely magical! 29 May 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for kids, parents and big softies! 24 Jun 2008
By Lucy Felthouse TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 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
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice film for all the family 1 Feb 2008
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great watch
Excellent dvd I just catches the end when it was on the television I knew my grandson would love it so I ordered the same night
Published 22 hours ago by Mrs. M. Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Water Horse is a fantastic (DVD) a story of a boy with a unusual...
The Water Horse is a fantastic (DVD) a story of a boy with a unusual pet becoming
(The Loch Ness Monster). I would recommend it.
Published 9 days ago by John Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Tale
Gave this to my girlfriend for her birthday, she really loves it. A heartwarming tale of a boy and his friendship with a creature from the depths of Loch Ness.
Published 10 days ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
Published 15 days ago by Happy mum
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely family film with adventure, one or two ...
A lovely family film with adventure, one or two worrying bits where the Water Horse MAY be injured by the army but it all turns out well in the end. Well worth buying
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Hopefull
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic in the Making.
A wonderfully produced film of a charming story, suitable for all ages. I bought it for my 7year old twin Granddaughters as they were coming to stay with me and it was a huge... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rubinstein
5.0 out of 5 stars had to get another copy of this film as my ...
had to get another copy of this film as my friend took my other copy and never gave me it back brill, u will cry and it make u feel and believe in the water horse character, im... Read more
Published 2 months ago by susieblue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Played over and over!!!
Published 2 months ago by Scott Beighton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by S. Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best.
Published 2 months ago by Ria
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