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War Horse (With Exclusive Art Cards) (Blu-ray)

Released on 07 May 2012

Featuring: David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch & Tom Hiddleston

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

4.0 out of 5 (11 customer reviews) | Write a review

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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 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. War Horse is one of the great stories of friendship and war - a successful book, it was turned into a hugely successful international theatrical hit that is arriving on Broadway next year. It now comes to screen in an epic adaptation by one of the great directors in film history.

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 Average rating (11 reviews)

 'TRULY' --'A MASTERPIECE'

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''steven spielberg' has given us many memorable films down the years, many of which are now available on this format, i understand that the much acclaimed movie 'schinderl's list' and the much loved 'E.T' are soon to be released also, and of course 'jaws' which can be pre-ordered from 'play' now.
this film tells us the story of a young man 'albert' and the horse 'joey' who 'albert's' father against his better judgement buys 'joey' at an auction.
'albert' trains the horse up, including tasks a horse of it's build isn't born to do.
the 1914-18 war see's 'albert' and 'joey' seperated, 'joey' is to be used for military purposes, the story follows the fortunes of 'joey' through the war years and also follows 'albert's' war as he becomes of age to fight.
a twist of fate is destined to re-unite the two.
just love the way 'steven spielberg' captures the mood and atmosphere of those times with great attention to detail.
this isn't a good film, it's super, smashing, brilliant.......and is truly another 'spielberg' masterpiece................enjoy

 Thrilling and emotional tale of a brave, miraculous horse

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Steven Spielberg has created a supreme movie adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's childrens book about a boy (Albert) and his horse (Joey) during the period of WW1.

The story begins in Devon when Albert's father purchases the horse as a matter of drunken pride against his landlord at an auction, the problem being that he should be buying a horse to work the plough on his farm and Joey at first appearances does not suit that kind of work.

Albert's father and mother believe buying the horse is a serious error but Albert pursuades them to allow him to keep Joey and train him, the initial period of the film sets up the relationship between boy and horse and lays the platform for the incredible story which follows.

Janusz Kaminski has done a tremendous job as his camerawork captures the beauty of the Dartmoor landscape and the bleakness of no mans land in the battlefields of northern France. There has been some criticism about the final scenes of the movie but I think it's a perfect ending to an exciting and emotional story.

What also helps War Horse elevate from a good film into a great film is Spielberg's continuing collaboration with John Williams to create the score, in some scenes when Williams music kicks in you get a lump in the throat and the tears well up.

The cast is a catalogue of British talent which features the likes of Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Marsan and Tom Hiddleston. However, it was newcomer Jeremy Irvine and Niels Arestrup who captured my attention the most.

Irvine, in his first major role, is exceptional in the role of Albert who when we first meet him is an innocent farmboy but as the film progresses finds an inner steel hidden within him which reveals itself due to his loyalty to Joey.

Arestrup is heartbreaking as the elderly French farmer who illustrates the damage war causes to families caught up in the middle of it.

I must admit the true stars of the movie have to be the horses trained to create the role of Joey, they carry the film without a problem and full credit has to go to Bobby Lovgren and his team for creating a believable character. *FACT* One of the horses (Finder) that played Joey also played Seabiscuit, so not his first equine acting role :D

War Horse runs at over 2 hours but it doesn't feel like it as the story sweeps you along and Spielberg does a great job of not making any moment feel wasted. Credit is well deserved too as Spielberg captures the horrors of WW1 whilst not forgetting the movie is aimed at a family audience, also I believe it's impact is stronger due to it's less is more attitude.

I've seen it twice at the cinema and cannot wait for it to be released on blu ray, I just hope that the blu ray release has plenty of extras which show how this magnificent production was put together.

Thank you to Kathleen Kennedy for telling Mr Spielberg about War Horse as this film is just perfect and sits alongside his best work.

 Spielberg backs a winner!

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War Horse feels almost purpose built for the director to whom heart plucking moments come so naturally. In its Great War setting, and you can understand why the Saving Private Ryan director went wild when he first saw Nick Stafford's stage adaptation.Compare it to Spielberg's recent Tintin, that I thought was a breezy but hollow exercise in blockbusting, and this is in a different league. Wholesome with a capital W, it's the sort of film you can take your mother, grandmother, even your great grandmother to, without fear of offending delicate ears.
A nostalgic throwback to films of yesteryear telly classics like Black Beauty (1971) and The Black Stallion (1979) it's little wonder Spielberg brought Brits Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and Richard Curtis, on board for scripting duties.
Set on the eve of the WW1, War Horse begins like a Thomas Hardy short. After what feels like an eternal set of establishing shots of rural Devon, we join the Narracott family as cheerful drunk Ted (Peter Mullan) gets caught up in a bidding war for a workhorse with his landlord, Lyons (David Thewlis) but pride comes before a fall, Ted blowing all their hard earned on a nag that looks unbreakable, let alone willing to pull a plough across the family field.
Naturally, Mrs Narracott (Emily Watson) is livid, what with Lyons threatening to repossess their farm. But when wellmeaning son Albert (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) begs to train Joey (as he christens their new steed), so begins a spiritual bond between lad and horse that spans a lifetime or a spellbinding 146 minutes, anyway.No prizes for guessing that Joey and Albert churn that stony field and save the farm. This first chapter may trot at a tedious pace though Mullan, complete with thick yokel accent, has fun wading through the mush.But give it time as it truly gets underway when war breaks out, and Ted cracks Albert's heart by selling Joey to upstanding Captain Nichols (Tom Hiddleston), who promises to return him to your care. From here on, War Horse becomes a brilliant jaw dropping adventure, Henry Fielding like tale, as Joey journeys along and across the war torn trenches, all things to all men.In the possession of a French farmer (A Prophet's Niels Arestrup) and his sick daughter, he's a gift from God. In the hands of the Germans, he's a workhorse straining every sinew to haul artillery.In the eyes of Spielberg, it seems he's a metaphor a stunning scene where he enters No Man's Land, causing a temporary ceasefire, recalling the famous Christmas Day football match in the trenches. All the while the newly enlisted Albert searches for his Joey.If there were an Oscar for horse wrangling, this film would win hooves down Spielberg wisely eschews digital trickery wherever possible, which lends the story a genuinely old fashioned feel. The battle scenes are outstanding. In particular, a surprise attack on a German encampment really gets the blood pumping. And the trench set tracking shots are every bit as gob walloping as the Normandy landings in Saving Private Ryan meaning this isn't entirely the quaint nostalgia blast you, or those aged relatives you took along, were expecting.
The only strugglers are the actors, playing third fiddle to wartime pyrotechnics and a great big horse mean that few leave an impression. Benedict Cumberbatch's British Major has a good go, and Toby Kebbell's soldier adds some simple humanity amid the carnage.John Williams again does the swelling music score and although great is not one of his most memorable . These slight niggles do nothing to spoil the overall effect of this fantastic old fashioned adventure that Spielberg proves he knows exactly what the viewer wants!
This is a classic adventure that has to be seen!

 Spielberg backs a winner!

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War Horse feels almost purpose built for the director to whom heart plucking moments come so naturally. In its Great War setting, and you can understand why the Saving Private Ryan director went wild when he first saw Nick Stafford's stage adaptation.Compare it to Spielberg's recent Tintin, that I thought was a breezy but hollow exercise in blockbusting, and this is in a different league. Wholesome with a capital W, it's the sort of film you can take your mother, grandmother, even your great grandmother to, without fear of offending delicate ears.
A nostalgic throwback to films of yesteryear telly classics like Black Beauty (1971) and The Black Stallion (1979) it's little wonder Spielberg brought Brits Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and Richard Curtis, on board for scripting duties.
Set on the eve of the WW1, War Horse begins like a Thomas Hardy short. After what feels like an eternal set of establishing shots of rural Devon, we join the Narracott family as cheerful drunk Ted (Peter Mullan) gets caught up in a bidding war for a workhorse with his landlord, Lyons (David Thewlis) but pride comes before a fall, Ted blowing all their hard earned on a nag that looks unbreakable, let alone willing to pull a plough across the family field.
Naturally, Mrs Narracott (Emily Watson) is livid, what with Lyons threatening to repossess their farm. But when wellmeaning son Albert (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) begs to train Joey (as he christens their new steed), so begins a spiritual bond between lad and horse that spans a lifetime or a spellbinding 146 minutes, anyway.No prizes for guessing that Joey and Albert churn that stony field and save the farm. This first chapter may trot at a tedious pace though Mullan, complete with thick yokel accent, has fun wading through the mush.But give it time as it truly gets underway when war breaks out, and Ted cracks Albert's heart by selling Joey to upstanding Captain Nichols (Tom Hiddleston), who promises to return him to your care. From here on, War Horse becomes a brilliant jaw dropping adventure, Henry Fielding like tale, as Joey journeys along and across the war torn trenches, all things to all men.In the possession of a French farmer (A Prophet's Niels Arestrup) and his sick daughter, he's a gift from God. In the hands of the Germans, he's a workhorse straining every sinew to haul artillery.In the eyes of Spielberg, it seems he's a metaphor a stunning scene where he enters No Man's Land, causing a temporary ceasefire, recalling the famous Christmas Day football match in the trenches. All the while the newly enlisted Albert searches for his Joey.If there were an Oscar for horse wrangling, this film would win hooves down Spielberg wisely eschews digital trickery wherever possible, which lends the story a genuinely old fashioned feel. The battle scenes are outstanding. In particular, a surprise attack on a German encampment really gets the blood pumping. And the trench set tracking shots are every bit as gob walloping as the Normandy landings in Saving Private Ryan meaning this isn't entirely the quaint nostalgia blast you, or those aged relatives you took along, were expecting.
The only strugglers are the actors, playing third fiddle to wartime pyrotechnics and a great big horse mean that few leave an impression. Benedict Cumberbatch's British Major has a good go, and Toby Kebbell's soldier adds some simple humanity amid the carnage.John Williams again does the swelling music score and although great is not one of his most memorable . These slight niggles do nothing to spoil the overall effect of this fantastic old fashioned adventure that Spielberg proves he knows exactly what the viewer wants!
This is a classic adventure that has to be seen!

 snore horse

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a very,very overrated film. speilbergs vision of 1900's england is laughable. would have been better if an english director did it.

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ActorsDavid Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Toby Kebbell, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Kross, Sarah Jane O'Neill, Jeremy Irvine, Niels Arestrup, David Dencik, Geoff Bell, Patrick Kennedy, Nicolas Bro & Rainer Bock
DirectorSteven Spielberg
Certificate12 years and over
Year2011
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish
Additional LanguagesFrench
SubtitlesEnglish for the hearing impaired ; French ; Swedish ; Norwegian ; Danish ; Finnish ; Icelandic ; Dutch ; Bulgarian ; Arabic
Duration2 hours and 26 minutes (approx)