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Imax: The Story of Equus [Import]

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  • Actors: Gabriel Byrne
  • Directors: Michael Caulfield
  • Writers: Michael Caulfield
  • Producers: Michael Caulfield, Liz Butler, Mikael Borglund, Rainer Mockert
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Imax
  • Release Date: June 8 2010
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B003A060EC

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IMAX: Horses - The Story of Equus

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gayda Errett on March 7 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Chronicles in a docu-drama format three foals sold to different owners and what occurs to them in their new environment. Well-done and photographed. I thought it was going to be a historical documentary of horses and their contribution and service to humanity. Vis-a-vis: from the knighthood era, to war fields, to providing major transportation and labour up to their modern day role for pleasure in various disciplines such as dressage, hunter-jumper, 3-day eventing, western activities, trail riding, etc. Still very enjoyable but could have had more content in depicting each horses' demise with their new lifestyle.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
A movie, not a documentary Aug. 22 2011
By Alice BluePenn - Published on
Format: DVD
This movie, as several reviews on Amazon and Netflix point out...that yes, it's a MOVIE, not a documentary. The horses are obviously trained for many of the scenes, most implausiblely the horse who runs into the "wild". The film follows two trainers coming home from a sale with a yearling horse. The trailer breaks off like magic when the truck skids. The trainers open the trailer doors to check on the horse. One of them takes the bridle off of the horse, and just stands there. The horse runs off into the woods, and the film follows the horse's "free" life as it somehow manages to get from countryside to deep forest, where he finds a herd wandering around the woods. The colt and the mare 'fight', which means rearing up and pawing at each other several times. Rearing very well, actually--obviously TRAINED. Horses don't rear constantly, as in films. Also, the horses in the herd happen to be well-groomed, shiny, and have fantastic conformation. PLEASE. Then the film follows the yearling running all over the country, going from heartland fields to...very snowy mountains, and he happens to find another herd! Ugh. If you took it to be a documentary, then the filmmakers would be following an expensive colt, just left to run around in the wild. The other horses are a horse being trained to race and a horse being trained to jump. The jumping horse stumbles in competition. The rider jumps off, suspiciously coordinated, and the horse stands still, very calm and stares at the rider, who lands in the water perfectly. The racehorse runs her first race, winning by several lengths, only the rest of the horses are held back and let her get ahead. More acting. This is just the beginning of the mistakes--I'm just writing a long review b/c I don't want others to get suckered into buying a film that is marketed to be a documentary, but isn't. Some people might like it just for entertainment, or for the gorgeous photography. But be warned. I'm glad I rented it and didn't buy.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Horse-lovers, check this one out! Sept. 7 2010
By Haunted Flower - Published on
Format: DVD
1 Disc Widescreen, released June 8, 2010

"Horses: The Story of Equus" was financed by the Australian Film Finance Corporation and is the story of three horses: The Chestnut being trained for racing, The Bay being trained for movie stunts, and The Black who on his way to a stud farm gets into an accident and escapes into the wild joining a herd.

The cinematography on this film is breathtaking capturing every beautiful muscle of the horses galloping. Horses are speedy and graceful and always alluring to watch. The stories while clearly set up are very different and give the horses a chance to show their personality in their circumstances.

The Chestnut has issues connecting with its rider and throws her sensationally into a lake. The Bay has a fiery spirit that prevents it from getting close to anyone till the end of the film. The Black gets the most exciting journey of all getting to run free across gorgeous landscapes that are a feast for the eyes.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent & Beautiful July 25 2010
By Ponekin - Published on
Format: DVD
I've ridden horses my whole life and competed both in dressage and racing on small time tracks. This film is beautifully and wonderfully, sometimes beyond conception, filmed. Yeah yeah, they make horse training look easy, but any horse person will appreciate the simple elegance of the film. It's an overview of many disciplines. If you can put your ego away and enjoy it, you will find it to be lovely. My only wish is that I would have watched it with my boyfriend because it is captivating for all viewers. Also, and perhaps this is just because of the copy I have, the film does not reach full screen. Otherwise, it was one of the best, most moving, most incredibly filmed documentaries I have seen in a long time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Imax horese Aug. 26 2011
By Dana - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Good but it needed more about the horses. The movie needed to explain more about each horse and why that horse went to that particular way in its training and follow each horse more through its training.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5 Stars for Quality of Picture, but.... Jan. 3 2012
By Lauren Frantz - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I wrote 5 stars for quality of picture, since the photography and videography was very good and somewhat artistic, from a realistic point of view, but I feel this movie wasn't what it was written to be. To call this the story of Equus, is misleading because it is anything but a that. It is a just a story written from a non horseman's point of view. The three scenario's don't show timelines so it gives you the impression that you can do all of this as the horses are that young, plus you don't see race bred TB's just turned out to the wild and survive well. Realistically, they would die. It's a great movie if you have kids and want to sugar coat some things and get them interested in horses without knowing the "ills" of the animal, but it's dissapointing for anybody really expecting to see the "Story of Equus". To say this movie was made for those truelly interested in horses and already in the industry is a sham, but for the occasional horse enthusiast, it should be a great choice.

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