Black Beauty
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Black Beauty

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

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.

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.

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:
18,484

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

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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Black Beauty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Merlin4 More than 1 year ago
The story of a stallion with a unique mark on his forlock, captures my heart and holds it. This is not only a movie, but a live story as he tells a difficult life for horses of that time, a time which he was part of. The love of this story runs through one's veins and into thy heart as if you feel his pain. I am honored to share this review with you for I hope it will warm you heart as it did with me.
HorseCrazyGirl23 More than 1 year ago
Love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has proven to be my favorie movie of all time, I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was sooo good; it has to be one of my favorite horse movies of all time.I love how detailed all the scenes are, especially the ones with Beauty and Ginger in the pasture together. My favorite scene has to be the one at the end where Joe and Beauty are reunited. I was almost brought to tears at that scene, it was so beautiful. This is an awesome movie for all horse lovers world wide.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a terrific movie that will keep you on youre toes throught the whole thing.perfect for all ages.it even managed to keep my 12 year old son entertained ( which is rare..trust me)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie was amazing, and is definently for the kind hearted people how love horses and animals together. loved the movie. i also love the music. but the movie was and still is incredible!!! more than just 5 stars!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most poignant movies I have seen in a long time. Great entertainment for all ages! Fantastic storytelling done in a way that is true to the original book, yet sensitive to the nature of the subject matter. An absolute treasure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the story is based on the novel by anna sewell.1 black thuroughbred,1 gorgouse chesnut mare,and a cute little pony! the story is mostly about how they meet and their friendship, but also about what happens to them on their journey.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, based on the classic novel written by Anna Sewell in 1977, is a family classic, that is welcomed into hearts of gold. This movie fits the book so well and it has wonderful splender of emotions that are created so precisely that you cannot tell that the book was ever transfered onto the screen! This movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen and definitely deserves a place on everyone's movie rack! You will cry, laugh, and yell for joy as this movie brings out the true splendor of England in the early 1900's, and it shall bring Black Beauty into the freedom of wide open plains. The movie is AWESOME and buyers should buy this movie!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every body has seen or read Black Beauty once. It is a movie about a horse who goes through misstreatment buy his owners. Black Beauty had gone through pulling buggies, being ridden for entertainment, and used for rent. This was a really good movie and I reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen that Black Beauty Warner home video and I think it is a cool one. I didnt like the part where Black Beauty fell down when he couldnt pull the heavy load. I think Quarter Horses can be black. This is A great movie!