Carroll Ballard's classic The Black Stallion comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen image preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (allowing the viewer to take in all of Caleb Deschanel's stunning cinematography) and is superior in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are available in all three of these languages. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer. Although an anamorphic transfer would have made this disc better, what is here is still a visual feast.
Four-page booklet with trivia, production notes, and the making of the film
Original theatrical trailer
William D. Wittliff
Kelly RenoAlec Ramsey
Mickey RooneyHenry Dailey
Teri GarrAlec's Mother
Hoyt AxtonAlec's Father
Doghmi LarbiThe Arab
Fausto TozziRescue Captain
Carmine CoppolaComposer (Music Score)
Shirley WalkerComposer (Music Score)
Aurelio CrugnolaArt Director
Francis Ford CoppolaExecutive Producer
Steve MaslowSound/Sound Designer
Doug ClaybourneFirst Assistant Director
Alan SpletSupervising Sound Editor
Action and Adventure,Adventure,Childrens and Family
The Black Stallion DVD is a wonderful Christmas Gift Choice for my grandson. I saw this movie several times and am thrilled that Best Buy offered this purchase at such a reasonable price. The story of this young boy and the affection and awe that he and the horse had together was simply marvelous. Very touching movie to watch with some other great actors in it such as Mickey Rooney. Would greatly recommend this purchase to anyone who wants to watch a heartwarming story.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
A must see
Owned for 4 months when reviewed.
The Criterion Collection always does a fantastic job in restoration of movies
Can’t wait till they release some in 4K
This is such a wonderful film for all ages; the rare "children's film" that's as serious as any adult fare. Criterion has met their usual high standards for crystal clear picture and sound, and the timeless story is one everyone can enjoy. Highly recommended.
I had seen this movie previously and wanted my 8 year old grandson to see it. It was on on-demand one evening and I taped at my home. He saw it and loved it so I ordered his copy for him to take home and watch with his parents. It is wholesome, beautifully photographed, and is about a very special relationship between a boy and this lovely wild arabian stallion who were marooned on an island.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Best quality print on Criterion Bluray!
At first I was skeptical after owning the MGM DVD and a couple of other video transfers over the years. The picture transfer is better than I expected. For a picture shot on film more than 20 years ago - you would expect plenty of graininess. The only grain I could detect were typical in night time exposures. Well worth the purchase - the sound and music score make this one of the better purchases for a classic film that stands the test of time. Well done!
I defy anyone who can walk away after viewing "The Black Stallion" without a smile on their face. The cinematography is superb, Rooney and Reno are outstanding and perfectly matched. I own few movies these days, but BS is a must have in anyone's collection. I gave my original to my grand-daughter for her last birthday. Cheers!