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  • Actors: Jim Carter, David Thewlis, Alan Cumming, Alun Armstrong, Andrew Knott
  • Directors: Caroline Thompson
  • Writers: Caroline Thompson
  • Producers: Robert Shapiro, Peter J. Macgregor-scott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 1999
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00002E229
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Beauty" on IMDb

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Jessica E. Bowen on March 3, 2006
Format: DVD
Unlike other adaptations of Anna Sewall's classic, this film version respects the intentions and the words of the book. We read the novel aloud with my 6 year old daughter and got this DVD as a treat for her to watch. We were not dissapointed. For one thing, Black Beauty himself narrates the film in a voice over (there's no corny talking animals), just as the novel is written in the first person from the p.o.v. of the horse. The film also does a nice job of retaining the message of the novel about treating animals fairly.

As others have mentioned, the score is lovely and the cinematography is beautiful. There are lots of little animals to see and pretty landscapes, etc.

Highly recomended, a very nice family film.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Staci L. Wilson on December 28, 2004
Format: DVD
Considered to be the truest filmed version of Anna Sewell's timeless book,1994's Black Beauty follows the unstable life of an intelligent ebony stallion (played by Doc's Keepin Time) in Victorian England. As he does in the novel, Beauty narrates the tale (he's voiced by Alan Cumming) from his idyllic birth, through the tragic events that led to him having to be sold, and how his happiness was completely at the mercy of those who held his reins. Masters both kind and cruel shape the horse's rather Dickensian life, as do his closest equine companions: A mare called Duchess and a self-willed pony named Merrylegs. Very nicely filmed and well-acted.

Staci Layne Wilson
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By M. Packo on November 28, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A simply perfect story told with exquisite compassion

and artistry.

This version of BLACK BEAUTY should be considered the

unsurpassable classic of its genre - as well as one of the

truly memorable films of the '90s - if only for these few

reasons:

Danny Elfman's soulful score.

Alex Thomson's gorgeous cinematography.

A perfectly balanced ensemble of actors, all of whom

add great heart to the story.

All-around production design of wonderful taste and period

versimilitude.

Most of all, director Caroline Thompson's obvious love

and dedication. She has made of this simple story of the

life of a horse a movie that puts to shame all but a slim

few involving people about whom we are expected to care

and empathize with.

This interpretation of Black Beauty is touching and...beautiful.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jefferson T. Packer on September 15, 2006
Format: DVD
I rented this thinking that my son might enjoy it, and that I might possibly be able to stand to sit through most of it.

What a surprise! This really is one of the more beautiful films I've ever seen, and I'm quite demanding. I think it's safe to say that this film is the ultimate "sleeper;" I didn't even know it existed until I saw it on the video store "Family DVD" shelf.

It's possible that it might be almost a little too true to the novel for very young children; but my 4 year old son and I had some very nice conversations about it during and after the film, and he never seemed to be overly disturbed.

It is true to the novel, which alone would recommend it; but it also has a stunning visual presence all its own. The director's vision is really quite profound, and it contains what is perhaps the most perfect footage of frolicking, running horses ever made.

This film certainly tapped some deep wells of feeling within me; if you love animals in general and horses in particular, I can confidently promise that you won't be disappointed.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "jillywilly202" on July 6, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I don't know how anyone can think of this movie as anything but great. It has triumphs, sadness, and yet is filled with hope. It is one of my favorite horse movies, one of my favorite movies actually. Anyone can watch it. 4 year olds to age 82. I don't think it is a childish movie, since it is so touching. Anyone that doesn't enjoy the movie, obviously doesn't have a great passion for horses. Any horse person, that is just in love with these magnificent creatures, will love this movie too. I can gauruntee it. Also, since the horse does go through many physical and emotional struggles I cannot see how some may think this is just the perfect horse never doing anything wrong. All I have to say to people with this attitude is watch the movie again. It is a wonderful, warm, and inspiring movie, that touches the heart of everyone that sees it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michele T. Woodward on March 13, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This version of the classic is definitely the one to purchase. The cinematography is outstanding, the performances are just right and the story is compelling. My children (7 and 4) were glued to the film the entire way thru. It's exciting, engaging and even made me cry. If you have a horse lover in your house, I can't think of a better film. Actually, if you have a love of great film-making, you should own this film, horse lover or not.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 4, 2005
Format: DVD
Wow have you seen the movie `Black Beauty". It was one of the best movies I've seen so far. It made me feel different things. It made me laugh and cry. I think it was a wonderful movie. If you see this movie you'll see what I mean. It was about this horse named Black Beauty. He was a very happy horse until His owner's house got burned. Then he got sold to this other man that did not take good care of him. Black Beauty never got fed and he always got hit. Since that day he was a very unhappy horse. The best part of this movie was When Black Beauty fell in love with a horse named Ginger. He was no longer the same horse. He was a happy horse. One thing that I didn't tell you was that Black Beauty's happiness didn't last for long because after few days Ginger died because she got hit to many times. Once again Black Beauty was the same old horse that he was before he met Ginger. I think that movie was very good because it had a happy ending. At the end of the movie I cried because Black Beauty was once again with his first owners whose house got burned. If you see this movie I'm sure that your going to enjoy it.
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