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The Colt [Blu-ray] (2005)

Ryan Merriman , Steve Bacic , Yelena Lanskaya  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ryan Merriman, Steve Bacic, William MacDonald, Stephen Spender, Megan Leitch
  • Directors: Yelena Lanskaya
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GM6C7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,665 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Colt [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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It's 1864, and the First Michigan Cavalry is stranded in a Virginia forest, choking with smoldering fires and smoke and chilled by the distant cries of falling men. Among those stranded in this hell: the weary Sergeant Longacre (Steve Bacic, Out of Order); Covington (Darcy Belsher, Legalise), an illustrator enlisted to capture the Civil War in unerring detail; and trooper Jim Rabb (Ryan Merriman, Taken), who counts his brother among the casualties, yet still rides his beloved mare Jen with a true soldier's indomitable will to survive. Then one morning Jim discovers that Jen has given birth and by her side is a newborn colt, shaking and afraid, born to chaos, and clinging to his mother for life. Longacre orders Jim to shoot the foal, lest it prove a hindrance, but Jim--seeing the colt as a consolation and a reminder of the beauty of life--refuses.
An omen of good fortune, Jen and her nursing foal join the team of men marching toward unknown horizons. However, the camp is suddenly taken by Confederates, Jen and the colt are stolen, and Jim spurs a horse in a long, winding chase and shoots the fleeing soldier to retrieve the mother and baby. The incident has left him in darkness, afraid, lost, and separated from his bivouacked brigade, with a dying enemy on his hands. But honoring the Confederate Reb's last wish sparks in Jim a journey of remarkable honor and duty toward enlightenment and untold danger--one that will test the spirit and courage of a country at war and pay heartrending tribute to those of God's creatures who are blessedly innocent to the careless ways of man.

Special Feature(s): Full High Definition 1080p; 16x9 (1.78:1); 25GB Single Layer; English 5.1 Dolby Digital; English 5.1 Dolby Digital Uncompressed English 2.0 Stereo English 2.0 Stereo Uncompressed; The Colt: Youth at War; Smart Menu Technology: Browse the menu, on screen, without leaving film.

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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS COLT IS A WINNER November 11, 2005
THE COLT, a Hallmark Entertainment film, is a touching and searing indictment against war of any kind. The Civil War stands as an atrocity in our American History and the filmmakers focus on the tragedy of war instead of its battles, although there a couple of tense battle sequences. Whether it's historically accurate or not, the script is human, and you'll need hankies on several occasions. Ryan Merriman (Ring 2) stars as Jim Rapp, a young Union soldier who sees his brother die, and becomes the champion for a colt born during one of the battles. The colt becomes both a nuisance and a sort of mystic charm to the soldiers and although he is initially ordered to kill the colt, fate steps in and he is allowed to keep it. Merriman is marvelous in displaying the youthful naivete of a Michigan farmboy suddenly finding himself a soldier and in one effectively touching scene, he tells a wonderful and kind Virginia family about his homeland and can't finish without bursting into tears. This moment alone is gripping and extremely moving. Another particularly emotional moment comes when Merriman shoots a Rebel who has stolen the colt. Knowing he is going to die, the Reb asks Jim to stay with him so he won't die alone and to bury him so the wild hogs won't feast on him. The rest of the cast of unknowns is very good, especially Steve Bacic as Sgt. Longacre who is afraid to admit he wants to be home with his wife and daughter. The movie is very human and only its tragic ending is a little depressing. I liked this movie a lot and highly recommend it.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A deeply moving movie" by cowboy up 11 November 27, 2005
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I just bought this movie at Wal Mart today and loved it.It takes place in Virginia in 1864.The First Michigan Cavalry is in darker times,and young Jim Rabb (Ryan Merriman) is facing the loss of his brother.Suddenly their camp is under seige,and Jim's cavalry horse,Jen,bolts and runs off.Jim tracks her and finds an unexpected suprise;a newborn colt.He leads them both back to camp,and is ordered to destroy the colt.It shames him to kill such a helpless being,so the captain agrees to spare the animal.The colt soon becomes a mascot and friend with the troopers,and they all become attached to him,appropriately called "Colt".It follows Jim everywhere,and as Jim is on patrol,he dismounts to stretch his legs and must take cover from a hail of Rebel bullets.A Rebel steals Jen and the colt follows.Jims takes a friend's horse to chase the thief and shoots him.As he is riding away,the wounded thief calls to him and asks to write to his sister and talk to him as he is dying.Jim is quickly shocked at what it is like to die and is confused.In the end Jim must risk his life to save his beloved colt.This was a unique and authentic movie like no other.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great suprise January 12, 2006
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The human story of this movie is very moving. My wife who HATES war related movies felt the film was compelling. I am not sure why someone would complained about the historical protrayal of this movie. It did not try to protray any specific battles, just small unit actions. If I want a history lesson I will read my books. This was an entertaining movie done in a historial context.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I first learned of "The Colt" from purchasing films that linked to this movie. After reading the reviews, which praised "The Colt" for the most part, I decided to purchase it. After my first watching of "The Colt," I was left with mixed feelings about the quality and entertainment value of the movie. One consistent feeling I had throughout watching the film, was a sense of incompleteness or lost potential. I also felt that the film seemed to be a series of disconnected scenes tied together only by the the colt. Conversely, "The Colt" captured my interest--in spite of technical inaccuracies and the above feelings--and completely engaged me.

Warning: If you do not like long, in-depth, detailed (aka, "wordy") reviews, you may want to skip this one as I have much to say. Moreover, this may be somewhat of a "spoiler" for some.

In doing some research about "The Colt" I found the the film had won three awards: 1) The FAIF International Film Festival (2005) Judges Choice Award for Best Feature Film; 2) The LA Femme Film Festival (2005) Best Director, Yelena Lanskaya; and 3) The WorldFest Houston (2005) Special Jury Award for Television and Cable Production. "The Colt" was also nominated for two writing awards: the Humanitas Prize (2006), and the Writers Guild of America (2006) Award both for Stephen Harrigan. This Hallmark Production, filmed in British Columbia, Canada, (not Virginia) involved a number of actors that have been involved with the Stargate franchise, a series that I enjoy very much. Also, Ryan Merriman, who plays the lead role of Jim Rabb, played the role of young Jarod on the extremely wonderful, intelligent television series
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie... February 12, 2006
By Kim
An excellant movie for the horse lover. It has something for both the guys and the gals. Overall a good movie for the horse lover.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Look December 5, 2006
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I spied this DVD at a local vintage stock store and thought ok..I'll give it a look. I had zero expectations and in fact expected that it would be too hokie to sit through. Wow...was I wrong. This little movie was really pretty good. The story is pretty basic, Union Cavalryman's horse has a colt and calamities ensue as the trooper tries to keep himself, his mare, and his colt alive and out of rebel hands in the maze of the Wilderness Campaign.

The production values are good (not great) but given the available budget very acceptable. Now I am a stickler for detail in my Civil War flicks and doggone it British Columbia won't ever be Virginia (and really no place will ever be as special as Virginia...but I digress). The uniforms and other aspects of the Union and Confederate troops are pretty good. I am sure some re-enactors would pick up on some flaws, but my untrained eye did not pick up on too many other than a Revolutionary War era cannon being pushed around in the opening scenes. For a movie taking place in 1864...this is a bit of a gaff. It's forgivable for 1861...but not in the 1864 Wilderness.

The story itself is a gem. It flows nicely and there are some surprises here and there, which keep you interested. As others have indicated it is a story filled with some sadness, but I enjoyed the way in which it was handled and the ending was satisfying for me.

So a movie that I gave so little hope...turned out to really impress me. So saddle up and keep low...there's rebs in the woods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 days ago by tim abing
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
If you love movies based on animals this is movie you should see, I saw the movie then I had to have it!
Published 3 months ago by Hogbiker
5.0 out of 5 stars Ryan Merriman & Steve Bacic are fantastic
Ryan Merriman & Steve Bacic are just super fantastic; I just love these guys, Ryan playing the wonderful young Jarod from The Pretender as a boy and lots more as a man (e.g. Read more
Published 6 months ago by R. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Didn't realize I already had this movie in my collection. Such a sad story at the end. To give up everything just for a colt but shows how even in a situation as a war, some will... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Suzanne McGuire
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for women
Most women who love Civil War history and horses would really enjoy this movie. It's hard to believe something like this would happen during the war, but it was a pretty good... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Trooper3C
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW !!!!!
Now this is a very well done horse movie, the ending will drop your jaw, BUY IT, its a keeper
Published 13 months ago by Jeff H
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I generally buy or rent movies with a horse theme, and just cross my fingers that it was worth it. This one was superb. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Betty B.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Colt
This is a great movie for horse fans young and old. We enjoy it over and over again. Thank you.
Published 18 months ago by Our Town Video
4.0 out of 5 stars war is madness
This movie makes it's point in a very effective eloquent way. A vulnerable colt brings out the human emotions of caring, protection and temporarily overides the combatants socially... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jack Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars OK movie
I either like and enjoy a movie and want to see it again in the future or don't buy it. I bought it based on the reviews I read here. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Searcherfortruth
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