Item description for Black Beauty by Caroline Thompson, Various Artists & Sean Bean...
Overview Anna Sewell's novel BLACK BEAUTY has been one of the world's most beloved animal stories since its 1877 publication. The story is told by its hero, a remarkable black horse with a white "star" on his forehead, whose joyous and heartbreaking life takes him from idyllic country life to London's cobblestoned streets. Written and directed by Caroline Thompson, this is the most faithful of the book's several filmings. You'll cherish rebellious filly Ginger, mischievous pony Merrylegs and gallant Beauty, whose generous heart guides him under caretakers both kindly and harsh, from Farmer Grey (Sean Bean) and young groom Joe Green (Andrew Knott) to sweet-natured cabbie Jerry Barker (David Thewlis).
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Actors: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Jim Carter, Peter Davison, Alun Armstrong
Directors: Caroline Thompson
Writers: Caroline Thompson, Anna Sewell
Producers: Peter Macgregor-Scott, Robert Shapiro
Cinematographers: Alex Thomson
Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English, French
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: G (General Audience)
Studio: Warner Home Video
Running Time: 93.00 minutes
Record Label Warner Home Video
Format Anamorphic / Closed-captioned / Color /
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.4" Width: 7.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Jul 1, 2006
Publisher WORD ACCT# W41160193
ISBN 0012370517 ISBN13 0085391440024 UPC 085391440024
Availability 0 units.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Black Beauty?
Classic tale that never gets out-dated Jan 27, 2007
My five year old daughter has now watched this a dozens times. She loves it. It does have sadness, but it has so many great values in it, and she totally sees that. It is a lovely film.
The DVD itself has no frills, and I can't attest to the pixels, etc. as my television is an old one.
Heart Warming Jan 24, 2007
It does not matter if you are a horse lover or not you will love this movie, it is amazing I watched it at a friends house and then made the goal to buy it the next day. A movie you will definatly want on your self.
Black Beauty Jan 11, 2007
This CD was purchased as a gift, and I am unable to give it a fair rating. I did however as a child enjoy the original movie.
Classically Appreciated Jan 11, 2007
The product arrived in great shape and in a timely manner. The person receiving it was very happy. Good Seller, Great Shopping.
Gorgeous, poignant first-horse take on "Black Beauty" is a family classic Jan 8, 2007
This new (1994) cinematic take on Anna Sewell's classic novel sets the bar impossibly high for future remakes . . . this is a visually lush, textually faithful interpretation of Ms. Sewell's novel filled with understated, pitch-perfect performances by a large cast.
Ms. Sewell wrote "Black Beauty" as a semi-protest against the inhumane treatment of animals in Victorian England. Accordingly, she made a horse - the titular character - the narrator of the story. This film version, unlike prior efforts, retains this tactic, and thanks to Alan Cummings' wonderful voice-over, it works extremely well. BB is an eager, pleasant horse who just wants to frolic with his friends, give his humans a good ride, and eat his oats. Curmudgeons out there (and I'm looking at you, Roger Ebert) may smirk and say that real horses wouldn't talk this way. Well, they may be right, but until a real horse tells me otherwise, I choose to suspend my disbelief.
BB starts his life in a bucolic setting and quickly meets lifelong friends, his girlfriend Ginger, Merrylegs the pony, and the lad Joe. This idyllic setting cannot last, and BB is forced to join the harsh world of working England. Owners range from inconsiderate to malicious to tender (most notably a young David Thewlis as a cab driver), and the world has many harsh lessons to teach our young horse. Some of these messages can be frightening for smaller kiddies, but tykes also seem to be able to tap into the strong messages of love and friendship that underpin the story. The stirring sights of the horses at play will also lift the darkest spirits.
This is a rated 'G' movie that adults and children can enjoy together. Prepare to do some serious sniffling as the story progresses, and Danny Elfman's soundtrack is wonderful. At the end of the story, as BB reflects on his life, parents and children will feel a bit wiser and have a stronger affinity for their four-legged friends. Which is just as Ms. Sewell wanted it.