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Hidalgo [Blu-ray] (2004)

Viggo Mortensen , Omar Sharif , Joe Johnston  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Said Taghmaoui, Zuleikha Robinson, Louise Lombard
  • Directors: Joe Johnston
  • Writers: John Fusco
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (477 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00121QGUO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hidalgo [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

"Sand & Celluloid" Making-Of Featurette -- A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Special Effects And The Adventure Of Making HIDALGO

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A sandstorm of epic proportions. A swarm of locusts so massive it obliterates the relentless sun. Deadly traps that defy imagination. These are just a few of the astonishing obstacles Frank T. Hopkins, the greatest long-distance racer ever, faces in the rousing action-adventure Hidalgo. Based on a true story and starring Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of The Rings trilogy), Hopkins (Mortensen) and his mustang Hidalgo enter the ultimate extreme sport of its time -- the Ocean Of Fire. Underdogs challenging the finest Arabian horses and riders, they must not only survive the grueling race across 3,000 miles of the Arabian Desert's punishing terrain, but they must thwart the evil plots of competitors who vow victory at all costs! A great story of personal triumph, amazing special effects, and memorable characters make Hidalgo one of the most thrilling adventures ever.

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Based on the life story of Frank T. Hopkins and his horse Hidalgo, "Hidalgo", from director Joe Johnston, is a compelling, beautiful, and exciting film (even though it stretches its running time to 130 minutes) that interests every moviegoer with suspense, romance, and tales of comraderie.
The year is 1890, and half-American, half-Souix Indian Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen), is invited by an Arabic sheik to compete in "The Ocean of Fire", the most prestigious and dangerous long-distance race ever known to man. Usually reserved for the purest bred stallions and the wealthiest and best riders in the world, the 3,000 mile race across the Arabian Desert leaves half of its competetors dead from natural disaster, insanity, or the treachery of fellow riders. After witnessing a tragedy at Wounded Knee Creek, and falling out of his once-claimed title of the best rider in the West, Frank and Hidalgo jump at the opportunity, where they encounter danger in all forms, and must rely on their friendship and strength to pull off the impossible.
Seeing as "Hidalgo" is Viggo Mortensen's first film in which he has been the only-billed star, he handles the pressure well as the quiet and conflicted Frank T. Hopkins. He plays the character with a brilliant subtlely, and gives him an air of understated intelligence and courage. With the right amount of emotion, Mortensen is the modern day Indiana Jones-like action hero; with sex appeal and gripping stunts. Although he lacks charisma in some instances, he is overall perfect and enjoyable in his role. The supporting cast is strong, with the highlights being Louise Lombard as Lady Anne Davenport and a small but memorable performance by Victor Talmadge as Rau Rasmussen.
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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Best Performance by an Animal Actor" Nominee February 26, 2004
By Bitcetc
Unless the Academy opens a new category for "best performance by an animal actor", you won't be hearing of this movie next Oscar season, but that's no reason to miss this movie now. Hidalgo, the horse, and Viggo Mortensen, as Frank T. Hopkins, completely won my heart as well as a place in "Great Couples of the Silver Screen", or at least as great partners in a buddy movie. This wonderful painted mustang plays the serious buddy, making his human tend to business in spite of other inclinations. It is a charming footnote to the movie that Mortensen was so taken with the horse that he bought it after the movie was completed.

Frank T. Hopkins may or may not have lived all the adventures he was famous for recounting, but it is verifiably true that he was instrumental in saving the wild mustang from extermination in North America. For that he is a hero.

This movie version of the 3000 mile race Hidalgo and Hopkins were said to have run across the Arabian desert to keep their title as "greatest long distance race runner" is an old-fashioned popcorn-movie-as-entertainment movie. It should also help the theaters sell quite a bit of bottled water and soda. The film's weaknesses are mostly attributable to the script. The writing (credit is to John Fusco, not-quite-known for writing the screenplay for SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON--- an AHA!! moment here) could have been tighter, and left needless plot holes. Also annoying is a slight laxity in editing. However, the story itself is a dramatic one, and the movie is fun to watch. The cinematography does well by the story and the locale.

Omar Sharif, once again as a sheik, comfortable to the core in his role, is a delight. Viggo Mortensen is good to look at, obviously, but made me realize how difficult "laconic" is to play.
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Hidalgo is based upon a true story, so it's no wonder it's thrilling, truth being stranger than fiction and all. Although it's highly doubtful that everything in the movie actually happened, Frank Hopkins was indeed a real life cowboy, master horseman and rider and he did participate in the great Bedouin horse race of the Middle East known as the "Ocean of Fire" in the 1890's.

This wonderfully stylized and lovingly crafted film clocks in at over two hours, yet never bores and your interest should never waver. The international cast is terrific, led by Viggo Mortensen in a low-key, subtle performance which brings depth and a real sense of nobility to the notion of a "cowboy'. We've seen loads of silver screen gun slingers, bandits and marshals from icons like the swaggering John Wayne to the laconic Clint Eastwood, but with Viggo's Frank Hopkins, we may now be witness to one of the most balanced and interesting portrayals of an authentic cowpoke. And it's all the more interesting because Frank Hopkins isn't all cowboy - half of him is Native American. This internal duality and cultural division brings character shadings and a unique sense of perspective to Hopkins.

Balancing the tensions of Native Americans with the US Government of the time, the film explores Frank Hopkin's journey between two worlds - that of a half Native American with loyal ties to his tribe and his jobs as a pony express rider and performer in Wild Bill Hickcock's show, all while having to live in the White Man's world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Had not seen this in quite a while but it's a keeper. I love the full screen edition much better than letterbox. quick shipment and a real great price. Classic movie.
Published 7 days ago by Esther Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars hidalgo
Thank u all for quick time and a great movie I just love Indian stories the evening was great well at least we enjoyed the ending
Published 7 days ago by hiroko
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting movie
A bit unbelievable, the horse was dying and it got up and ran. The chases were exciting, but the acting was only fair.
Published 18 days ago by stonehead5
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidalgo
Thanks for sending this movie so quickly! Hidalgo is one of my favorite movies. What's not to love? Beautiful horses, a race across the Arabian desert, East meets West.
Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A great movie, we just visited Buffalo Bill's grave where Frank's guns, saddle, etc. are displayed in the museum. Brings it to life!
Published 20 days ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidalgo
We seen this movie advertised from watching another movie and it sounded so good, we ordered it and it was just as good as it sounded!!
Published 22 days ago by Sharon Rusnak
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidalgo
Hidalgo may have been based on the far east, but it satisfied my preference for early western characters and landscapes. I also appreciated the absences of cursing and sex. Read more
Published 23 days ago by CeeDee
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie
We have seen this movie prior as a rental and wanted to add it to our library so that we could watch again and again.
Published 23 days ago by Kay Papa
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like this movie
After watching Lord of The Rings I thought Viggo Mortensen would be good in leading roles. In my opinion to enjoy this movie one needs to overlook bad acting and political... Read more
Published 25 days ago by jmcookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story based on true events
I have watched this movie many times and wanted it in Blue-ray as the visual effects are much better. I would highly recommend this movie.
Published 26 days ago by Happy Campers
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Hidalgo, truth or fiction?
hidalgo is in no way a gaited horse. he is smooth and his movements are fluid and natural. i'm sure they used different horses for different scenes, but it is almost impossible to see the different markings. enjoy the movie, don't pick it to death. good grief..
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