Disney released “War Horse” on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Download and On-Demand April 3, 2012. From Legendary Academy Award®-winning motion picture director/producer Steven Spielberg, this critically acclaimed and Academy Award®-nominated epic adventure tells the story of the extraordinary journey of courage and friendship as seen through the eyes of one unforgettable horse named Joey, and his miraculous journey to find his way back home.
We received the “War Horse” DVD and Blu-ray combo pack for review just in time for the weekend. A movie we sadly missed when in theaters, the whole family was eager to watch “War Horse”. I was not prepared for the intensity of this film. It was not at all what I expected, but so much more. This is a very emotional film, so if you are anything like me you’ll want to have a box of tissues handy.
The film “War Horse’ begins just as the first World War is breaking out. Young Albert Naracott (Jeremy Irvine) and his family are about to lose their family farm. When Albert’s father goes to town to buy a plow horse, he finds himself captivated by the beautiful stallion who would later be named Joey. Mr Naracott’s purchase of Joey is sure to cost the family everything. Young Albert immediately bonds with Joey and against all odds, they manage to plow the fields. An event of unfortunate circumstances leads Albert’s father to sell Joey into the calvary and into the hands of the kind hearted Captain Nicholls.
Unfortunately Captain Nicholls life is cut short and Joey’s harrowing journey truly begins. Everywhere Joey ends up, he touches the lives of those around him. He finds himself in the hands of 2 young German soldiers, a precocious young French girl named Emilie, and back into the hands of the Germans. Eventually as the war is drawing near an end, a battered Joey and Albert are reunited on the battlefield. At the very end it seems that Joey and Albert might not be together after all, but in a twist that left me in tears the movie had the happy ending I had been hoping for.
“War Horse” is based on the novel of the same name by Michael Morpurgo, which is intended for ages 8 and up. While the movie doesn’t have any vulgarity or a lot of gore, I think this movie is most enjoyed by older children and adults.
This is one that we won’t be donating to the library any time soon. I imagine we will be watching “War Horse” over and over again.
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Disclosure: A DVD/Blu-Ray copy of this film was provided to facilitate a review. No compensation was received. All thoughts are our own.