I’m going to admit that when I first saw previews for the movie War Horse, I wasn’t sure how I would like it. My husband wanted to see it, so we headed to the theaters. I’m so glad that we did because I loved it. It was an amazing story of friendship and adventure. I knew that this was going to be a story we had to own on Blu-ray/DVD.
This epic adventure is a tale of loyalty, hope and tenacity set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. War Horsebegins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets—British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter—before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.
War Horse is available now on Blu-ray/DVD and is full of special features to enjoy. Here are just a few of our favorites:
– Editing and Scoring: Multi-Oscar® winners Michael Kahn (film editor) and John Williams (composer) discuss specific aspects of editing the film and composing music for “War Horse,” as well as the secret to their long and successful collaborations with Steven Spielberg. My husband has long been a John Williams fan and he enjoyed the opportunity to hear him talk about his work.
– A Filmmaking Journey: Director/Producer Steven Spielberg provides a unique and unprecedented look into the making and filming of “War Horse.” Spielberg is such an amazing director and I loved hearing his insights and vision.
– The Sounds of “War Horse” – Sound designer Gary Rydstrom takes us through the sophisticated sound design he created for “WarHorse.” My husband and I really enjoyed this feature because we never though too much into what makes specific noises in movies.
There are many more features to enjoy on the War Horse Blu-ray/DVD!
Check out one of my favorite clips below!
– In 1776, General George Washington helped establish the first mounted cavalry unit for the American Revolutionary War. The conflict took place between 1775 and 1783, which is a time period when the word ‘dragoon’ referred to mounted infantry.
– The epic Steven Spielberg movie War Horse depicts the use of horses in World War I, which was one of the last conflicts to use armed cavalry during combat. After World War I, most conflicts were heavily mechanized with tanks, air strikes and modern artillery methods.
– War horses used in combat during World War I required a significant amount of training. Horses needed to be able to handle the sound of noisy weapons firing around them – as well as the general confusion of battle – without panicking. Other training methods involved the ability to be easily controlled with limited use of the reins. Why? So that the rider’s hands were free to wield a weapon.
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Disclosure: I received the above product for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.