Black Stallion, The
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The heartwarming adventure about a boy who forges a special friendship with a wild stallion after both are shipwrecked on a deserted island.
Adapted from the beloved novel by Walter Farley, this 1979 family classic was hailed by no less than hard-to-please critic Pauline Kael, who wrote that "it may be the greatest children's movie ever made." A visual feast from start to finish, the timeless tale of The Black Stallion plays out on almost mythic terms. A young boy survives a shipwreck and is stranded on a deserted island with a graceful black stallion, with whom the boy develops an almost empathic friendship. After being rescued and returning home, the two make a winning team as jockey and lightning-fast racehorse under the tutelage of a passionate trainer, played by Mickey Rooney in an Oscar-nominated role. From its serenely hypnotic island sequence to the breathtaking race scenes, this delightful film is guaranteed to enthrall any viewer, regardless of age. The Black Stallion is a genuine masterpiece of family entertainment. --Jeff Shannon
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Now that I'm an adult, I appreciate it from another perspective. This film is soo neatly presented in all aspects. From acting, to editing, to the music....it's just a simple and refined way to make a movie, horse movie or otherwise.
And now we present the Blu-Ray release. Ugh.
I was soo excited to learn The Black Stallion was coming to Blu-Ray I couldn't wait to add it to my film library.
And then we watched it. And it was disappointing. Fraught with grain in every shot. No new clarity or brilliance whatsoever. I dare say it was no better than the quality of the DVD. The film SHOULD have been restored BEFORE the Blu-Ray release. You would think that a film selected in 2002 by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and "for the first time on Blu-Ray" would get better treatment than this.
Movie gets 5 stars, this Blu-Ray release gets 2 stars
for a rounded down average of 3 stars
The boy, too, was very natural, a little man of very few words. From simple beginnings his life becomes an epic tale. Great supporting characters. Great movie... that is still haunting me.
A shipwreck of the coast of North Africa strands a young boy, Alec, (Kelly Reno), and a magnificently powerful Black Stallion on a deserted island. The two then are forced by circumstances to form a friendship that enables them to survive until rescue comes. The scenes on the deserted island are absolutely beautiful and memorable. The landscapes are so beautifully filmed and directed it would be pure bliss to see this film on the big screen again!!! Even on the small screen, these are visuals you will not forget.
Once back in his home and with his somewhat bewildered and mourning mother (Teri Garr), Alec is given a hero's parade and the Black Stallion has a temporary home in Alec's backyard, that is, until he spooks from a car and runs away. Alec desperately chases after him but loses him in the night. As chance would have it, "The Black" ends up in the barnstall of Henry Dailey (played to Academy Award nomination perfection by Mickey Rooney), a retired racehorse jockey.
Alec and Henry end up fast friends, and the two enter "The Black" in a race to determine the fastest horse in the world. Henry trains young Alec to jockey The Black, and with Alec literally hanging on for dear life, The Black and he conclude the movie with a dramatic, exciting race that will bring you out of your seat cheering for the unlikely duo.
You cannot go wrong with this movie; this is family entertainment at its best. 5+ stars!