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War Horse (2-Disc Combo Pack [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)

Jeremy Irvine , Peter Mullan , Steven Spielberg    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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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 Fetzer

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars What the human race is capable off April 12 2012
    We can extremely cruel to ourselves, killing, torturing, jailing, deporting, backstabbing and on and on goes this list. Sometimes it takes the Story and the spirit of a horse to remind us, that not all of us are that way. That we are more people of love and compassion. Other really good reviewers have written a synopsis of the story, I'm gonna bypass this time, and just describe the effect this now one of my top favorite films has on me. It demonstrated to me the power of compassion towards everyting living. And like other reviewers pointed out, this film includes the major elements of many good films, thet took humanity at heart. I grew up on a farm in germany after World War 2, just a few years after the War, we still had Horses to drag the plow, just like in this film.
    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.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie Dec 4 2013
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    My husband and I enjoyed the movie so much, that when we saw that it was available and we could enjoy it on our older dvd player we decided we would invest in a copy. If you like first world war stories with a different perspective you will love this movie.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars War Horse [2012] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Aug. 8 2014
    By Andrew C. Miller TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    War Horse [2012] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] SPIELBERG’S FINEST WORK – A MASTERPIECE!

    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.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars War horse April 9 2012
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Fantastic movie with an excellent story, movie well done, captivating, scenery done with perfection, I recommend too everyone to see this movie, very well done.
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    14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A long faced look at war Feb. 25 2012
    More recently as Steven Spielberg has become more active as a producer, his directing credits are becoming less common.

    In the past year he has produced the brillant Super 8 [Blu-ray], one of my favorites, directed by JJ Abrams, the creator, writer and occasional director of Lost, and the recent Star trek. Super 8 is a great nostalgia piece evoking the early eighties, and an homage to Spielberg's earliest movies. Spielberg also produced Cowboys and Aliens, a somewhat weird meshing of two genres.

    Now with War Horse Spielberg directs, and shows his masterful touches throughout. In fact, if you are like me you can see traces of many great movies of the past. The early portions of the movies showing English countryside scenes, and the musical soundtrack of John Williams are reminiscent of John Ford's The Quiet Man. Trench warfare scenes are reminiscent of that all time classic All Quiet on the Western Front. Incidents relating to deserting soldiers are thematically reminiscent of Kubrick's Paths of Glory.

    War, as bad as it is, somehow seems worse when an innocent animal is involved, which ultimately makes Warhorse the ultimate anti war polemic. And we have a love story between a young boy Albert, and a horse named Joey. As the movie begins we see the Joey being born, as the boy watches.

    Later Albert's alcoholic father instead of buying a proper plough horse, foolishly pits himself agaainst his own landlord in bidding for the flash horse Joey, instead of a huge Clydesdale, making his tenancy precarious, and imperiling his families limited fortunes. Joey faces many trials and tribulations adjusting to the plough.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars War Horse
    Love it, it beautiful
    Published 1 month ago by Mare
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Published 2 months ago by S. Benedetti
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    This was a fabulous movie, that's why I got my own copy of the DVD
    Published 2 months ago by Audrey D.
    5.0 out of 5 stars War Horse (2-Disc Combo Pack [Blu-ray + DVD] (Sous-titres français)
    Excellent film. Histoire touchante qui nous révèle autant le mauvais côté que le bon côté de l'humanité. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Mike
    5.0 out of 5 stars Touching!!
    It was a great gift for my dad on Father's Day, The whole family was in tears at the end.
    Published 3 months ago by Blueladyrose
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie !!!!!
    Steven Spielberg really knows how to grab at your heart strings This movie made me happy and sad all at the same time. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Christine Smith
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful storytelling...
    Instead of focusing on a main character to help the narrative, the movie follows the horse as he is passed on from person to person during the first World War... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Simon Bergeron
    3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more?
    I was expecting more, To me it never delivered. If it wasn't for the few minutes of battle scenes it could be called a Disney movie. It diff. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by MDK
    5.0 out of 5 stars Get out the Kleenex!
    I saw the movie then went to the theatre to see the play. While the staging was excellent, a lot of the story was lost. Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Jane McLean
    4.0 out of 5 stars cheval de guerre francais
    j aime la video et le son tres bien chause qui nous manque souvent aujoudui au quebec le film pour tous
    Published 11 months ago by j claude brousseau
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