Black Stallion

Black Stallion

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Director: Carroll Ballard

Cast: Carroll Ballard, Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

     
 

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Carroll Ballard's classic The Black Stallion comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen image preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (allowing the viewer to take in all of Caleb Deschanel's stunning cinematography) and is superior in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered inSee more details below

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Carroll Ballard's classic The Black Stallion comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen image preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (allowing the viewer to take in all of Caleb Deschanel's stunning cinematography) and is superior in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are available in all three of these languages. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. Although an anamorphic transfer would have made this disc better, what is here is still a visual feast.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
Twenty-five minutes into The Black Stallion viewers may be astounded to discover that they have become thoroughly engrossed in a film that has, so far, featured almost no dialogue. Indeed, when director Carroll Ballard chose to adapt Walter Farley's boy-meets-horse children's tale for the big screen, he clearly decided to make the visuals speak for themselves. And as the story unfolds -- from an ocean liner to a desert island to a racetrack -- the potent beauty of the physical world, courtesy of cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, is the film's true headliner. Alec (Kelly Reno) is a young boy who, during a sea voyage with his father, discovers a dauntingly beautiful Arabian stallion in the ship's cargo hold. Just as Alec is beginning to make contact with the animal, an unexpected storm sinks the ship, landing the boy and the horse on an uninhabited isle. So begins a relationship as uniquely touching as it is unpredictable and untamed. Halfway into the movie, a new story line takes root -- the boy is rescued and takes the stallion back home with him, where he befriends a horse trainer (Mickey Rooney) who turns him into a budding jockey. But what sustains the film through to its final frame is Ballard's commitment to his themes: the jaw-dropping majesty of nature and the invincibility of a boy's love.
All Movie Guide
One of the most visually stunning family films ever made, Carroll Ballard's The Black Stallion is a fantastic tale about the liberation of a wild Arabian horse who saves Alec, a shipwrecked boy, and becomes his best friend. The film's first half-hour is daring, with no dialogue and breathtaking underwater photography of the horse and the boy. The reverie is broken by the more conventional second half, which features Mickey Rooney in a pleasing comeback role as a horse trainer who helps Alec race the untamed stallion. Kelly Reno is superbly authentic as Alec, but the real stars are the horse and the brilliant cinematography of Caleb Deschanel. The craftsmanship of the film, including a graceful score by Carmine Coppola, puts most child-and-animal films to shame. Ballard's background as a cinematographer influences the beauty of this and all his films, including Fly Away Home. He was not on board for the inferior sequel, The Black Stallion Returns, which lacks the original's beauty and charm.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/1997
UPC:
0027616626998
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
G
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo, monaural]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
3,768

Special Features

Four-page booklet with trivia, production notes, and the making of the film; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kelly Reno Alec Ramsey
Mickey Rooney Henry Dailey
Teri Garr Alec's Mother
Clarence Muse Snoe
Hoyt Axton Alec's Father
Michael Higgins Neville
Ed McNamara Jake
Doghmi Larbi The Arab
John Burton Jockey
John Buchanan Jockey
Kristen Vigard Becky
Fausto Tozzi Rescue Captain

Technical Credits
Carroll Ballard Director
Doug Claybourne Asst. Director
Carmine Coppola Score Composer
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Aurelio Crugnola Art Director
Robert Dalva Editor
Caleb Deschanel Cinematographer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Melissa Mathison Screenwriter
Earl G. Preston Art Director
Vic Ramos Casting
Fred Roos Producer
Jeanne Rosenberg Screenwriter
Tom Sternberg Producer
Shirley Walker Score Composer
Jesse Wayne Stunts
William D. Wittliff Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Main Title [:11]
2. The First Encounter [1:20]
3. Raising The Ante & Alec [2:07]
4. Sugar For The Black [2:16]
5. Bucephalus [2:47]
6. The Storm Hits [:45]
7. Overboard [3:13]
8. Waking Ashore [3:34]
9. Alone In Paradise [1:49]
10. Re-Encountering Black [:21]
11. Beauty And The Beach [2:02]
12. Terror Underfoot [2:51]
13. The Offering [3:13]
14. Playing Tag [:52]
15. Friendship [1:28]
16. Underwater Ballet [4:19]
17. Thrill Of The Ride [1:26]
18. The Boat/ Rescue [2:50]
19. Home [1:41]
20. Born To Run [1:11]
21. In The Barn/Henry [1:23]
22. Henry's Glorious Past [1:07]
23. Training The Black [2:38]
24. Early Morning Trial [4:04]
25. Alec's Rope Burn [1:23]
26. Thunder and Reins [2:46]
27. The Little Jockey [5:53]
28. Mom & The Mystery Horse [6:19]
29. Train Ride/ Weigh-In [2:04]
30. Horseplay [1:15]
31. The Match [4:25]
32. End Credits [2:16]

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