Brave One, the [Blu-ray]
A film full of warmth and sensitivity. The Brave One is story about the friendship of a boy and a bull. Gitano or Gypsy is the name the boy gives the bull whose life he saves during a storm. The animal follows him around like a puppy until the legal owners spirit the mature Gitano away to do battle with top matador Fermin Rivera in the Plaza de Mexico bullring in Mexico City. The boy protests in vain at the cruelty of the arena and finally secures a pardon for his pet signed by the President of Mexico but he is too late. The bullfight continues. What follows is such a display of courage that the crowd calls for the undulto a demand that the bull be allowed to live. Based on a true incident, the film earned a Best Story Academy Award for Robert Rich - who, much to the embarrassment of the Academy turned out to be blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 35235022
- Director : Irving Rapper
- Media Format : NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : June 14, 2016
- Actors : Various
- Studio : Vci Video
- ASIN : B01AIXA00S
- Number of discs : 1
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I finally got ready to see the film expecting I would truly love it (except for bullfighting scenes). The DVD I got did not seem to be a great transfer and the Cinemascope seemed to lose power on the small screen but the rich colors made up for any technical shortcomings. An interesting spoiler alert is that the packaging for my DVD tells the complete story of the movie down to the end so it's clear the direction the story will go and how it will all end.
There is much to appreciate about THE BRAVE ONE. It is a loving and heartwarming story of love and loyalty. Any scene with Leonardo (Michel Ray) is sweet and delightful but the rest of the film is a disappointment. The cruelty of bullfighting will be hard to digest for some and that is where the film loses any power it is building. Leonardo hopes his beloved bull Gitano (Spanish for GYPSY) that he raised from birth will prove his courage in trials so he will be spared the bullring and be used for "seed" to father a line of courageous bulls.
Ownership of Gitano is contested. Is he the property of Gitano's father or of the ranch where he works? Leonardo's dedication to Gitano seems to always win out until the end. When Gitano is eventually taken to the bullring in Mexico City, Leonardo follows. The sweet story takes a dark turn and a rather improbable turn as Leonardo runs through the streets of Mexico City trying to help for Gitano. A village boy in an enormous city for the first time running to different locations in a short time? If you are an animal lover, the bullfighting scenes can be disturbing even though they are very toned down for the film. I wasn't sure if we were seeing an actual bullfight or a recreation with fake lances in the bulls. It's a cruel and mismatched sport where the bulls are taunted and weakened. It's tough to watch.
Little Michel Ray is adorable as sweet Leonardo but his acting is stilted and his scenes of pleading and crying are not so realistic especially as he watches Gitano tormented in the bullring. It seemed strange to see him attempting to speak English but with a Mexican accent. In the end, I was expecting so much more from an Academy Award winning film.
Is the Blu-ray a noticeable improvement over the DVD release of the "Brave One"? A respected reviewer of just about every Blu-ray produced not only in North America but also international releases as well, gave this disc a terrible review. This person is usually very objective and rarely nasty. HE IS WRONG ABOUT THE BLU-RAY OF "THE BRAVE ONE". It is one of the best transfers of a catalog title I have seen!!! Cardiff''s cinematography looks almost 3-D.
For those of you who start to "tear up" at the line "Gitano, my little gypsy, now we can live!!!, buy this Blu-ray. For those of you who are not sentimental fools like me, I ask that you grant me an "idulto". (If you have seen the movie, you know what I mean.).
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The screenplay would win an Oscar and was awarded to one "Robert Rich", which was an alas, for blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo, who would not pick up the award until years later.
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