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War Horse (With Exclusive Art Cards)

Featuring: David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch & Tom Hiddleston

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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  Brilliant

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As much as I adore this film it was too different too the book and was dragged out a tad. A great film from Spielberg.

  Great Film and Reminder

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War Horse is an ideal film to dhow young people at Remberance Sunday it captures the horror of war but is not too gruesome
The French grandfather is the outstanding performance in the film
Buy and enjoy thoughtfully

  the war horse rides

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wont claim this is my cup of tea as films go but it is a good family film. could write a full page on it but try to keep it brief, basically its the adventures of a young horse called joey, starts on a poor devon farm where he is trained to help on farm, his owner sells him to brit officer to serve in ww1, where he passes to the germans after an ill fated cavalry charge by british, its not long before he is rescued by french girl and grandad, before once again being in german hands this time the artillery, joey eventually ends up being rescued by british tommy at the somme where he was caught in barb wire. as fate would have it he is reunited with original owner and back to farm in devon.the war scenes are heavily de-sanitised so not to upset the younger viewer and film is bit sweet and syrupy for me but it a class act and a must watch watch for vasr majority.

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  just wow

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i saw this film on the cinema on the 28th january,i'm not really into films to do with war but this was just amazing and very emotional,well it made me cry,the film just flowed along and kept you so focused all the way through,it was that good the next day we went and bought the book and the large film book with amazing pictures from the film and told you where it was filmed who played who.this film just blows you away it's worth seeing.

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  Such A Beautiful Film

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I went to see this film at the cinema last night and it blew me away. The story is so moving and simply beautiful. The scenery and acting are fantastic! I highly recommend this film to anyone and it has to be one of my favourite films now. Go see this film but do take your tissues. 5 stars all round from me!!!

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  War Horse.

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I know the DVD is not available to date,14/1/12. Though having watched this film in a local cinema. All I can say is that you really must see it. Brilliant in every way. Spielberg does NOT make rubbish films. There can be a few tear jerker scenes hitting the emotional spots.This film has it all. Drama, seriousness,comic relief during hardships. Everything.The main character is of course the horse named Joey.A must go and see film folks. Just look out for the scene involving a tank with Joey. Marvellous in every way and scene. The film will persuade you to add the DVD to your collection.

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  One of Spielberg's finest.

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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!

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  One of Spielberg's finest.

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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!

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