The Rocking Horse Winner

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The 1950 adaptation of D.H. Lawerence's disturbing short story The Rocking Horse Winner comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a short film adaptation of the story, a reading of the original story, clips from an operatic adaptation of the work, and a booklet that contains the entire short ...
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The 1950 adaptation of D.H. Lawerence's disturbing short story The Rocking Horse Winner comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include a short film adaptation of the story, a reading of the original story, clips from an operatic adaptation of the work, and a booklet that contains the entire short story. This is a strong release from Home Vision who deserve credit for including such original supplemental materials.
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Special Features

The rocking horse winner, a 20-minute short film shot in pixelvision by Michael Almereyda; Radio broadcast of "The Rocking Horse Winner" read by John Shea at selected shorts: A celebration of the short story, recorded live at Peter Nrton symphony space and broadcast on public radio; Excerpts from The Rocking Horse Winner: a chamber opera; 24 page booklet including The Rocking Horse Winner short story by D.H. Lawrence
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Rocking Horse Winner is a powerful dramatic fable that, even if may be somewhat predictable to modern audiences, still packs an enormous punch. Indeed, viewers may be able to tell where Winner is heading, but it has the feeling of inevitability rather than predictability, a crucial distinction. The story is simplicity itself, but in this instance, it serves to make the film feel bigger and more universal; it also opens the film up to be read on a number of different symbolic and/or psychological levels. Director/screenwriter Anthony Pelissier has done an admirable job of faithfully adapting the D.H. Lawrence story that is its basis, while still finding ways to make it cinematic. The latter is accomplished chiefly and most effectively in the scenes involving the rocking horse itself. Pelissier utilizes Desmond Dickinson's cinematography, John Seaborne's sharp editing, and William Alwyn's scoring in these sequences to create pulse-pounding, disturbing, eerie, and gripping moments that make an indelible impression upon the audience. Pelissier is aided by a wonderful cast, lead by John Howard Davies' sterling performance as Paul. Though he's a bit too old for the part, his performance is so spot-on that most viewers won't care about the age issue. Valerie Hobson is near-perfect as the mother, letting just enough subtle hints of genuine motherly affection break through to give depth to an otherwise selfish character, and John Mills adds a slight edge of resentment to his servant that also fleshes him out. A character study of obsession and greed and the effects it can have on a child and a family, The Rocking Horse Winner is a chilling, moving, and engrossing motion picture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2002
  • UPC: 037429169728
  • Original Release: 1949
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  • Source: Homevision
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Valerie Hobson Hester Grahame
John Howard Davies Paul Grahame
Ronald Squire Oscar Cresswell
John Mills Bassett
Hugh Sinclair Richard Grahame
Charles Goldner Mr. Tsaldouris
Technical Credits
Anthony Pelissier Director, Screenwriter
William Alwyn Score Composer
Desmond Dickinson Cinematographer
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
John Mills Producer
John Seabourne Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:38]
2. The New Handyman [4:34]
3. A Happy Family [2:03]
4. Finances [2:42]
5. The Christmas Gift [3:09]
6. Whispers: "More Money" [7:10]
7. Lucky [4:09]
8. Making a Bet [4:20]
9. Lectures and Loans [4:09]
10. A Wild Ride [4:07]
11. The Beach/ The Bailiff [4:58]
12. Winners and Losers [7:33]
13. Business Partners [4:27]
14. 7 and 6 [3:40]
15. The Whispering House [4:39]
16. A Talk With Paul [2:49]
17. Illness [1:47]
18. Whispers Turn To Shouts [3:06]
19. It's Malabar [8:25]
20. Good Money [6:20]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Extras
      Short Film
         Play Short
      Radio Broadcast
         Play Audio
      Chamber Opera
         Excerpt 1
         Excerpt 2
         Excerpt 3
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