National Velvet

National Velvet

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Director: Clarence Brown, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp

Cast: Clarence Brown, Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp

     
 

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The lovely, timeless family film National Velvet gets a good, no-frills DVD release from Warner Home Video. Practically identical to the MGM DVD edition, National Velvet's print has been remastered and the 1940s color cinematography looks great. The print comes in the standard screen format that echoes the original theatrical aspect ratio perfectly. The

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The lovely, timeless family film National Velvet gets a good, no-frills DVD release from Warner Home Video. Practically identical to the MGM DVD edition, National Velvet's print has been remastered and the 1940s color cinematography looks great. The print comes in the standard screen format that echoes the original theatrical aspect ratio perfectly. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Monophonic soundtrack is well balanced and clean. It would've been nice for Warner's to add a DVD extra or two, but there is no faulting this budget-priced release on technical merits.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One of the most beloved children's classics ever filmed, National Velvet holds up almost as well today as it did in 1944. True, modern audiences are much more familiar with elements of the story now, and they may find a bit of the plotting somewhat farfetched; but most audiences will be caught up in the sheer excitement and good will of Velvet that they will gladly overlook any shortcomings. There's so much to praise in Velvet that it's hard to know where to begin -- or would be, if it weren't for the fact that the climactic event remains the best horse racing sequence ever put on film. It's gripping, spine tingling and just plain fun, a sequence that will have viewers on the edge of their seats and ready to stand and cheer. Credit for this spectacular segment is due equally to director Clarence Brown, cinematographer Leonard Smith, editor Robert J. Kern and composer Herbert Stothart, all of whom work together seamlessly. Brown's work throughout is nearly flawless, drawing forth sterling performances from his cast, capturing every highlight of the screenplay and telling the story with keen attention to pacing and cinematic detail. Elizabeth Taylor is sheer magic as Velvet, Mickey Rooney gives a wonderful, understated performance, Angela Lansbury is lovely and Anne Revere makes the absolute most of every moment. Then there's Pi, one of the most beautiful creatures ever put on the screen, a force of nature that is irresistible. Velvet is a dream of a movie -- one from which you won't want to awaken.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2000
UPC:
0012569506329
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:04:00
Sales rank:
8,538

Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Taylor Velvet Brown
Mickey Rooney Mike Taylor
Donald Crisp Mr. Brown
Anne Revere Mrs. Brown
Angela Lansbury Edwina Brown
Juanita Brown Actor
Butch Jenkins Donald Brown
Reginald Owen Farmer Ede
Arthur Treacher Man with Umbrella
Juanita Quigley Malvolia Brown
Norma Varden Miss Sims
Terry Kilburn Ted
William Austin Reporter
William Norton Bailey Bookie
Frank Benson Englishman
Billy Bevan Constable
Matthew Boulton Entry Clerk
Colin Campbell Cockney
Leonard Carey Pressman
Wally Cassell Jockey
Donald Curtis American
Alec Harford Valet
Leyland Hodgson Actor
Olaf Hytten Actor
George Kirby Villager
Rose Langdon Actor
Eugene Loring Mr. Taski
Moyna MacGill Woman
Barry Macollum Townsman
Aubrey Mather Entry Official
Virginia McDowall Actor
Gordon Richards Doctor
Gerald Oliver Smith Cameraman
Howard Taylor Actor
Rhoda Williams Actor
Eric Wilton English Bookie
Frederic Worlock Stewart
Jane Isbell Actor
Harry Allen Van Driver
Alec Craig Tim
Dennis Hoey Mr. Greenford the Farmer
Arthur Shields Mr. Hallam

Technical Credits
Clarence Brown Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Helen Deutsch Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Mildred Griffiths Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert J. Kern Editor
Urie McCleary Art Director
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Theodore Reeves Screenwriter
Leonard Smith Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Edwin B. Willis Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Title [1:35]
2. England, late '20s [:31]
3. Summertime [3:52]
4. Mi Taylor [1:04]
5. Meeting Pie [2:19]
6. At the dinner table [5:39]
7. "Goodnight, Edwina" [4:41]
8. About Dan Taylor [1:41]
9. Mi reconsiders [4:22]
10. At the shop [1:33]
11. A leap beyond faith [2:55]
12. "They're raffling him" [3:51]
13. The drawing [3:22]
14. "Is it true?" [1:29]
15. A fairy horse...and cart [5:56]
16. Large dream little girl [5:06]
17. In the attic [3:18]
18. To London; the pub [6:34]
19. Mi's change a deal [4:37]
20. Training Pie Falls ill [6:12]
21. Pie's rise; Donald's fit [6:03]
22. The trip [3:36]
23. Ivan taski; Mi's Past [4:08]
24. Back on the horse [2:49]
25. The Velveteen jockey [3:48]
26. Morning of the race [7:37]
27. Startoff [5:57]
28. Coming up fast [4:16]
29. National Velvet [3:56]
30. Hollywood bekons [3:21]
31. Man to Mi [3:12]
32. Velvet's parting gift [3:55]

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National Velvet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book first and then watched the DVD. I think for the most part the movie is great. I love the family life portrayed and each invidual family member. The excitement of the horse and its talent. However, they made Mi out to be a potential thief and in the book he was nothing but loyal to the family. Also, Mi and Velvet planned all along to enter the Pie in the race - and the movie changed that. While I watch the movie I try and over look these two details. Love the feeling from the movie!! Inspirational!!!
34567321 More than 1 year ago
this book is a great book because it has a great story line and even has a nekalace that comes with it...............i think
Guest More than 1 year ago
i watched this movie when i was sick with the chicken pox. lemme tell you... it's a VERY long movie. but, it's realy good, except that they changed it a little. if you read the book, you'll see what i mean. but, overall. 5 stars i give it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
National Velvet is a great movie. Except, if you have read the book first, you will see that they changed the movie a bit and the horse isn't even a pinto! Even though his name is Pie. I loved this movie because I love horses, but even if you don't love them you'll love this movie and book. If you ride english, wester or racing, when you finish the book or movie you will just want to get on a horse and gallop
HORSELOVERGA More than 1 year ago
MAJOR HORSE LOVER National Velvet has ALWAYS been my FAVORITE movie and still is. I gave my last DVD of this movie to a friend so I needed another copy. Anyone who was once a little girl who loved and always wanted a horse even if grown now will LOVE this classic movie. I am now 55yrs. old and have had horses since I was 31. What a gift they are and have been. OC
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