Hidalgo/The Alamo [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Hidalgo:
  • "Sand & Celluloid" Making of Featurette
  • "America's First Horse" Enhanced Computer Feature - Venture beyong the movie to the incredible story of Hidalgo's ancestors, the Spanish Mustangs
  • THX-Certified -Includes THX Optimizer
  • The Alamo:
  • Walking In The Footsteps of Heroes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Return of the Legend: The Making of The Alamo
  • Deep In The Heart of Texas
  • THX-Certified - Includes THX Optimizer
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Hidalgo
Actor Viggo Mortensen made his first starring appearance in a film after his breakthrough performance in the Lord of the Rings trilogy with this period adventure. Frank T. Hopkins (Mortensen) is a U.S. Cavalry officer who earned a reputation as one of the fastest and most daring riders in the West; however, after taking part in the bloody massacre at Wounded Knee, Hopkins becomes disenchanted with the Cavalry, and once his hitch is up, he takes a job as a rider with a seedy touring Wild West show. During an engagement in New York, Hopkins meets Aziz (Adam Alexi-Malle), an associate of wealthy Bedouin Sheikh Riyadh (Omar Sharif), who knows of Hopkins' talents and wants him to take part in "The Ocean of Fire," an annual 3,000-mile desert horse race running from Arabia to Iraq. Hopkins accepts the invitation and sails to the Middle East with his trusty mustang Hidalgo without knowing just what he's getting himself into. Once he arrives, Hopkins learns that the punishing race course claims the lives of nearly half its contestants, and that most of his competitors ride pure-bred Arabian stallions and do not regard Hidalgo and his master as worthy adversaries. Temporarily exiled to a land where freedom eludes the multitudes and class and wealth define one's fate, Hopkins finds himself riding for both honor and principle, with the support of Riyadh and his beautiful, headstrong daughter, Jazira (Zuleikha Robinson), though the Sheikh's nephew Katib (Silas Carson) is equally determined to see Hopkins go down in defeat. Hidalgo was directed by Joe Johnston, who previously worked with animals on the run in Jumanji and Jurassic Park III. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

The Alamo
Re-teaming Dennis Quaid with John Lee Hancock, the director of 2002's The Rookie, The Alamo retells the story of the historic 1836 battle in the Texan War of Independence. Facing 4,000 Mexican troops, 186 Texan soldiers and volunteers -- including William Travis (Patrick Wilson), Davy Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton), and Jim Bowie (Jason Patric) -- retreat within the walls of the Alamo, a Franciscan mission that was converted into a military fort. Once inside, the men prepare themselves for what will be a bloody battle to the death, as General Sam Houston (Quaid) leads the charge from the outside. Emilio Echevarria and Jordi Molla co-star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Viggo Mortensen
    Viggo Mortensen - Frank T. Hopkins
  • Omar Sharif
    Omar Sharif - Sheikh Riyadh
  • Louise Lombard
    Louise Lombard - Lady Anne Davenport
  • Peter Mensah
    Peter Mensah - Jaffa
  • J.K. Simmons
    J.K. Simmons - Buffalo Bill Cody
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