War Horse (4-Disc Combo Pack) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Sous-titres français)
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From legendary director Steven Spielberg comes the epic adventure WAR HORSE, a tale of incredible loyalty, hope and tenacity. Based on the Tony award-winning Broadway play (Best Play, 2011), and set against the sweeping canvas of World War I, this deeply heartfelt story begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and his young trainer Albert. When they're forced apart by war, we follow Joey's extraordinary journey as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets. Filled with spectacularly rich visuals -- and complete with never-before-seen bonus features -- WAR HORSE is a "Genuine Movie Masterpiece" (Rex Reed, The New York Observer) and one of the most powerful and moving stories of friendship ever told.
The sheer physical beauty of the horse and the magnificent landscape of rural Devon, England, makes the first section of War Horse a feast for the eyes, as stalwart young lad Albert (Jeremy Irvine, in his film debut) struggles to channel the high-strung energy of newly bought horse Joey into plowing a rocky field. A destructive rainstorm forces Albert's father (Peter Mullan, Boy A) to sell Joey to an army captain (Tom Hiddleston, Thor) who takes the horse into the battlefields of World War I. From there, turns of fortune lead Joey into the hands of a German private, a French girl and her grandfather, and then into the cratered no man's land between the warring armies. War Horse is jarringly uneven. Some moments are over-the-top while others are elegantly understated; the tone ranges from the broad comedy of a mid-1970s Disney live-action flick to the raw majesty of a John Ford western. The episodic storytelling doesn't help--the characters don't have time to fully establish themselves in the audience's hearts, despite some excellent performances. The greatest weakness is that director Steven Spielberg doesn't connect us to Joey himself; though it's impossible not to have moments of empathy with the trials of this beautiful animal, at other times the horse is no more than a narrative device, carrying us from one micro-story to another. Still, some episodes are unquestionably compelling (a sequence in which a British and a German soldier collaborate to rescue Joey is particularly good) and, though stylistically all over the place, War Horse is never less than visually stunning. --Bret FetzerSee all Product Description
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Our farm was just as picturesque as the farm of our protagonist in the film, pehaps a little different, because our buildings where not build out of field bolders and cement, but out of "Fachwerk" a combination out of clay and wood. The characters and the ambiance in Germany was the same as the one described in the movie. I have to thank Steven Spielberg, for building this bridge between two nations. I was surprised to see our farmers son enact parts of two of my other top favorites I Was Nineteen and Adventures Of Werner Holt by his way of interacting. So now I know, that Steven Spielberg must have seen those films, and probably has been inspired by them. Because those films I consider to this day, are like any others I have seen in my almost 60 years, and I've seen many, so that I run a movie store in Parry Sound for almost 30 years now.
Sometimes I rewatch those films, just to charge myself with positive energy. This movie is now on my permanent rewatch list.
From director Steven Spielberg comes the epic adventure of War Horse, and is a tale of incredible loyalty, hope and tenacity set against the sweeping canvas of World War I. Based on the best-selling book of British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name set before and during World War I and award-winning stage production, this deeply heartfelt story begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and his young trainer Albert. When they are forced apart by war, and we follow Joey’s extraordinary journey as he changes and inspires the lives of everyone he meets. Filled with spectacularly rich visuals – and complete with a never-before-seen bonus feature – War Horse is “epic family entertainment” [Film 2012] and one of the most powerful and moving stories of friendship ever told.
FILM FACT: The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, two Golden Globe Awards and five BAFTAs.Read more ›
The special features on this 4-disc blu-ray set are very interesting, if a bit short. For more than 90 minutes, you get many featurettes about the making of this epic film, and it is surprising how few digital effects were actually used, but those who are less inclined with a second disc may wish to get the single-disc edition.
Warhorse is a melting pot of several different themes; some tragic, and others triumphant. As such, the film becomes locked in a battle with itself as to whether it should be a gritty portrayal of wartime atrocities, or the redemptive qualities of the human heart and spirit.Read more ›
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Very Very good! If anyone has known a horse, this one is exceptional in that he not only is a fine exsample of a noble animal and a great actor, it would have been a sad story to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bruce Jenkins
Got this for my husband,he loves this movie, excellent service, many thanks, SaraPublished 14 months ago by Sara J. Harrison