Joe Johnston's adventure film Hidalgo arrives on DVD with a sharp widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1. French and Spanish soundtracks have been recorded as well. This THX-certified disc does a superb job of capturing the original theatrical experience of the film. Supplemental materials include a nine-minute behind-the-scenes featurette that touches on aspects of production as well as the history of the real people and events depicted in the film. A more extensive featurette on the stallions is available for those with PCs that have DVD-ROM drives. Trailers for a handful of other releases round out this first-rate title from Touchstone.
"Sand & Celluloid" making-of featurette: A behind-the-scenes look at the special effects and the adventure of making Hidalgo
"America's First Horse" enhanced computer feature: Venture beyond the movie to the incredible story of Hidalgo's ancestors, the Spanish Mustangs
Viggo MortensenFrank T. Hopkins
Omar SharifSheikh Riyadh
Louise LombardLady Anne Davenport
J.K. SimmonsBuffalo Bill Cody
Floyd "Red Crow" WestermanChief Eagle Horn
Elizabeth BerridgeAnnie Oakley
Victor TalmadgeRau Rasmussen
Frank CollisonTexas Jack
Jerry HardinNate Salisbury
C. Thomas HowellPreston Webb
David MidthunderBlack Coyote
Sven Ole Thorsen
James Newton HowardComposer (Music Score)
Barry RobisonProduction Designer
Aurelio CrugnolaSupervising Art Director
Kevin ConstantArt Director
Luigi QuintiliArt Director
Troy SizemoreSupervising Art Director
Chris SalvaterraAssociate Producer
Don ZepfelExecutive Producer
Gregory Scott HooperSet Designer
Josh LusbySet Designer
Jeffrey KurlandCostume Designer
Mary H. EllisSound/Sound Designer
William M. ElvinFirst Assistant Director
Alexander WittSecond Unit Director
Kevin McKnightSecond Unit Director Of Photography
Pat RomanoStunts Coordinator
Action and Adventure,Adventure
Costume Adventure,Period Film
Year of Release
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1), THX-Certified Mastering
When Viggo does westerns he is believable in all he does - this is a bit like a Indiana Jones in some places like the dust storm, and a bit like Lawrence of Arabia - buy Viggo definitely controls the reigns of the action and pace.
The story revolves around the horse race, but the character development and the way the story evolves acquaints one with the social problems, both in America and in the Middle East, during that era and even in today's modern world. Not sure how accurate it is to historical detail, but it is based on an actual, real life person. Great action and enjoyable to watch for all age groups. The ending alone is heartwarming.
Hidalgo is the well-written, well-acted true story of Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen), the brave rider who, with his smart American horse Hidalgo, competes in The Ocean of Fire - a fierce race in the Middle East, against athletes known not only for their horsemanship, but for their cunning. The movie begins at the Battle of Wounded Knee, where Frank witnesses the true tragedy of the unjust massacre. Later, after having starred in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, he finds himself competing in the Ocean of Fire, but to Frank, it is more than a matter of proving himself or of winning the race - it is a matter of honor and chivalry. His road is not in the slightest bit smooth - before he can even compete, he must rescue the beautiful strong-willed Princess Jazira (Zuleikha Robinson). Hidalgo is clearly a great 19th Century saga in the sand!
Mortensen portrays Frank as a brooding sensitive cowboy. Known not only as an actor, but as a magnificent horseman and brilliant scholar, he is perfect for the role. Our history teachers may mention the Battle of Wounded Knee in history class, but the sorrow on Mortensen's face reflects the tragedy. Likewise, it is a sheer treat to see lifelong horseman Mortensen and Hidalgo, who is played by his own stallion, gallop across the grueling landscape throughout the movie. In The Lord of the Rings, there are many glorious scenes showing Mortensen, as Aragorn, swiftly and magnificently riding his other stallion, but as Frank, Mortensen captures the very essence of a man who has devoted his entire life to the world of horses. Indeed, the word "chivalry" is related to horsemanship because it comes from the Latin word for horseman: "caballarius". If anyone could bring back the romance and the excitement of the Western, without detracting from the tragedy and injustice that occurred throughout the 19th Century, it is Mortensen, and I look forward to seeing him in the newly-released Western Apaloosa.
Anyone who loves horses would probably love to see Hidalgo over and over again!
This movie is one of my favorites. I was so disappointed that every other store I went, didn't have it. I walked into best buy and they said they could have it shipped to my home for free. WIN! This movie is very detailed and comparible to the history behind it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
VERY GOOD ADVENTURE FILM
The movie was a nice surprise. Good for adults and children alike. The secenery was nice and the plot moved along nicely. I would strongly recommend this as a family movie