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Black Beauty

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Suitable for general audiences.

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"It was Black Beauty as I remenber reading."
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This was a film faithful to the book. I enjoyed it being well acted and even the horse was well chosen.

Description

Anna Sewell's novel Black Beauty has been one of the world's most beloved animal stories since its 1877 publication. The story is told by its hero, a remarkable black horse with a white "star" on his forehead, whose joyous and heartbreaking life takes him from idyllic country life to London's cobblestoned streets.

Written and directed by Caroline Thompson (1993's The Secret Garden), this is the most faithful of the book's several filmings. You'll cherish rebellious filly Ginger, mischievous pony Merrylegs and gallant Beauty, whose generous heart guides him under caretakers both kindly and harsh, from Farmer Grey (Sean Bean) and young groom Joe Green (Andrew Knott) to sweet-natured cabbie Jerry Barket (David Thewlis).

Review

Don't waste this one on your children: buy it for yourself. A spectacular adaptation of the Anna Sewell novel, this is faithful to the source material but creates a life of its own on the screen. Told from the point of view of the horse, it recalls a time and a place that could be both beautiful and cruel. Black Beauty faced both hardship and kindness as he passed through the hands of many owners throughout his life. Some are generous, but the agonies endured by the title character may be too harsh for small children. Unfortunately, director Caroline Thompson did not resurrect her magical touch a few years later with another animal tale, Buddy. --Rochelle O'Gorman


Re-released on
August 18th, 2004
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Brand
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.85 : 1
Language
Dutch, English, French, Italian
Length (Minutes)
85
Studio
Subtitles
Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian ,Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
Box Dimensions (mm)
135x190x14
UPC
9325336004593
Product ID
1459475

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