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Hidalgo [WS] [DVD] [2004]

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.
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    86% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (12 out of 14)

    Special Features


    • "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

    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

    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews

    86%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Brilliant Saga of Hidalgo

      Posted
      Galadrielle

      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!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Family-Friendly Epic That Seeks No Deeper Meaning

      Posted
      drqshadow
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Just your run of the mill "based on a true story" romanticized Hollywood semi-fiction. Vigo Mortensen makes for a convincingly dedicated cowboy in this fish-out-of-water document of an endurance race across the middle east, but can't quite turn the role into anything more substantial than a simple caricature of wild western perseverance. Instead, far too much effort is wasted on the personification of his horse, the titular mustang Hidalgo, who all but opens his mouth and speaks by the time the film is through. Part exaggerated Disney epic and part family-friendly adventure, it's predictable and inoffensive - good for a few breathtaking landscapes and a thick, obvious underlying moral.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I've loved this movie since first seeing it.

      Posted
      kukuinut
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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      love it!

      Posted
      juliagulia47
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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      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

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      VERY GOOD ADVENTURE FILM

      Posted
      PIGSOOIEE
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      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      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

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      again

      Posted
      movieman
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      If you seen this on dvd you have to see it again on bluray awsome the movie comes alive the sand flys in your face.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Overlooked GEM

      Posted
      teeveebuff

      Have always been a big Viggo Mortenson fan, as well as Omar Sharrif. Beautiful in surround sound widescreen.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fun movie

      Posted
      Takoda
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      I really enjoy this movie and I’m glad to have it on Blu-Ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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