Black Beauty

Black Beauty

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Director: Caroline Thompson

Cast: Caroline Thompson, Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Jim Carter

     
 

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Warner Brothers' release of this classic children's tale does much to rely on the film's virtues (and there are many), but fails to enhance them further with supporting elements. This 1994 version, directed by Caroline Thompson and starring Sean Bean, makes use of atmospheric music and densely framed images, which are made that much better when transferred onto DVD.… See more details below

Overview

Warner Brothers' release of this classic children's tale does much to rely on the film's virtues (and there are many), but fails to enhance them further with supporting elements. This 1994 version, directed by Caroline Thompson and starring Sean Bean, makes use of atmospheric music and densely framed images, which are made that much better when transferred onto DVD. The choice of either pan-and-scan or widescreen formats keeps a sharp image and encompasses a fantastic palette of colors, which do not bleed. As the main player, Black Beauty dominates many of the scenes, and his dark face contrasts well with his surroundings, the night scenes playing out excellently, with a good balance between shadows and light. The Dolby Digital Sound does well to showcase the horse's Celtic-accented narration (voice of Alan Cumming), with the horse's sounds and remarks clearly audible, if not dominating. The dialogue among the human characters is likewise very clear. What is often off balance is the background music; although never completely overpowering the dialogue and narration, it tends to cut off too abruptly in places where a sudden change for background sounds takes precedent. This package contains the usual language and scene selections and the original theatrical trailer, but does nothing to target its youthful audience or even give older viewers any background information in the form of a featurette or interviews with its creators and stars.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/1999
UPC:
0085391440024
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
3,666

Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages & subtitles: English & Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Bean Farmer Grey
David Thewlis Jerry Barker
Jim Carter John Manly
Peter Davison Squire Gordon
Alun Armstrong Reuben Smith
John McEnery Mr. York
Eleanor Bron Lady Wexmire
Peter Cook Lord Wexmire
Andrew Knott Joe Green
Alan Cumming Black Beauty
Mary Selway Actor
Adrian Ross-Magenty Lord George
Anthony Walters Alfred Gordon
Rosalind Ayres Mistress Gordon
Bill Stewart Coachman
Angus Barnett Ned Burnham
David Ryall Carriagemaker
Robert Demeger Horse Marker Buyer
Matthew Scurfield Horse Dealer
Conrad Asquith Guv'nor Crenshaw
Dick Brannick Cabbie
Graham Valentine Cabbie
Peter Penry-Jones Wild-looking Young Man
John Quarmby Butler
Bronco McLoughlin Granary Cart Driver
Niall O'Brien Farmer Thoroughgood
Lyndon Davies Head Groom

Technical Credits
Caroline Thompson Director,Screenwriter
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
John Box Production Designer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
David Feig Cinematographer
Eddie Fowlie Set Decoration/Design
Magdelen Gaffney Makeup
Simon Kaye Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Macgregor-Scott Producer
Rex Peterson Consultant/advisor
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Dick Pope Cinematographer
Mary Selway Casting
Robert Shapiro Producer
Claire Simpson Editor
Tony Spratling Cinematographer
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Leslie Tomkins Art Director
Joss Williams Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 --STANDARD
0. Scene Selections
1. Moonlit Credits. [1:42]
2. The story of my life. [1:45]
3. Baby Steps. [1:51]
4. Young and free. [2:39]
5. Training...and becoming one. [2:57]
6. New name, new home. [3:02]
7. Merrylegs leads a merry chase. [3:11]
8. Courting Ginger. [2:31]
9. To John's Rescue. [3:29]
10. Stricken ill. [4:41]
11. Recuperation. [3:31]
12. Burning Barn. [5:11]
13. "Goodbye, my Beauty." [1:40]
14. Last dance. [1:56]
15. Joe's promise. [1:52]
16. Bearing rein: Pain for fashion. [6:03]
17. Subject to milady's whims. [:58]
18. Reuben's drunken ride. [5:36]
19. Raced before her time. [2:13]
20. Horse for rent. [:39]
21. Old friend at the fair. [2:14]
22. Jerry Barker. [1:10]
23. Hope for Black Jack. [6:24]
24. Sunday in the country. [3:37]
25. Bittersweet reunion. [2:14]
26. "Goodbye, my sweet one." [:44]
27. Cruel to each other. [3:28]
28. Farewell kiss. [1:54]
29. Beast of burden. [1:03]
30. "You're safe now." [2:38]
31. Together always. [1:30]
32. End Credits. [3:23]
Side #2 -- WIDESCREEN
0. Scene Selections
1. Moonlit Credits. [1:42]
2. The story of my life. [1:45]
3. Baby steps. [1:51]
4. Young and free. [2:39]
5. Training...and becoming one. [2:57]
6. New name, new home. [3:02]
7. Merrylegs leads a merry chase. [3:11]
8. Courting Ginger. [2:31]
9. To John's rescue. [3:29]
10. Stricken ill. [4:41]
11. Recuperation. [3:31]
12. Burning barn. [5:11]
13. "Goodvye, my Beauty." [1:40]
14. Last dance. [1:56]
15. Joe's promise. [1:52]
16. Bearing rein: pain for fashion. [6:03]
17. Subject to milady's whims. [:58]
18. Reuben's drunken ride. [5:36]
19. Raced before her time. [2:13]
20. Horse for rent. [:39]
21. Old friend at the fair. [2:14]
22. Jerry Barker. [1:10]
23. Hope for Black Jack. [6:23]
24. Sunday in the country. [3:37]
25. Bittersweet reunion. [2:14]
26. "Goodbye, my sweet one." [:44]
27. Cruel to each other. [3:28]
28. Farewell kiss. [1:54]
29. Beast of burden. [1:03]
30. "You're safe now." [2:38]
31. Together always. [1:30]
32. End Credits [3:25]

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