Horse Whisperer (Special Edition) (DVD)
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|Contributor||Robert Redford, Cherry Jones, Chris Cooper, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dianne Wiest, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Neill See more|
|Runtime||2 hours and 43 minutes|
Academy Award winner Robert Redford (Up Close & Personal, Indecent Proposal) stars with Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) in this landmark epic adapted from one of the most acclaimed novels of our time! After a devastating riding accident, a young girl and her beloved horse are both left with serious physical and emotional scars. Determined to help, the girl's desperate mother (Thomas) puts her busy, big-city life on hold and travels west to seek out the "Horse Whisperer". When she meets this rugged, down-to-earth rancher (Redford), she discovers his extraordinary gift with animals also touches the lives of people around him! Featuring Hollywood favourites Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and Oscar winner Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway) in a superb cast critics and moviegoers alike were captivated by this powerful motion picture event!
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.4 x 13.5 x 17 cm; 80 Grams
- Item Model Number : E02720
- Director : Robert Redford
- Media Format : DVD
- Run time : 2 hours and 43 minutes
- Release date : 9 April 2003
- Actors : Cherry Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest
- Studio : The Walt Disney Company Australia Pty Ltd
- ASIN : B000CCLELA
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 1
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Nobody can do male mystique quite like Robert Redford. The Electric Horseman, An Unfinished Life,Out of Africa )
Kristen Scott Thomas plays rushed New York journo whose daughter and pony have horrible accident leaving horse and rider physically and mentally scarred.
Bright, beautiful daughter goes into major slump and mum decides to take both to "horse whisperer" out in the sticks in the hope that the horse can be cured and her daughter returned to her.
All fall under the spell of Redfords quiet, intense charm and isolation, hard won through his own personal loss and tragedy.
There's no guile or deception about him, and that confuses the sophisticated and highly strung Scott Thomas.
It's a love story for grown-ups, bitter and sweet in equal measure. Scott Thomas as always is the beautiful, cool English aristocrat, but with her own brand of simmering, repressed passion that she does so well.
Scarlet Johansen gives a glimpse of the accomplished actress she has shown herself to be.
It's a lovely sad, romantic 2 hours.
As to the Blu-Ray itself, it is region free (actually regions A,B,C) so you can confidently order it as an import, knowing that it will play on your UK player. I watched it on a 46 inch screen and I have to say it looked very nice to my eyes.
The disk replicates the theatrical presentation in that the first part of the film, which is set in New York and its environs, is matted to a letterbox which has black bars on all four sides. The screen then expands to the full 2.35:1 Panavision ratio when the film transitions to Montana. The film is frequently gorgeous to look at and kudos go to DP Robert Richardson and his 2nd Unit crew for the often stunning cinematography. The New York sequences have a cool, sharp look to them, while the Montana sequences are softer (perhaps using filters) and frequently sun-dappled. The film is pre-digital. By that I mean it was shot on film and finished chemically and it looks great.
The disk offers a 5.1 DTS Master Audio mix. Dialogue is crisp and clear, while music and effects are spread across the front speakers. Thomas Newmans' score really benefits from the lossless presentation and has good presence.
Extras, which I've not yet watched, include a production featurette, and featurette's on Robert Redford and Buck Brannaman plus a music video.
Great picture and sound. If you are a Redford fan or enjoyed the Nicholas Evans book, then this a no-brainer purchase.
This is a lovely story but very sad but the acting is superb, a must for any horse lovers