The Horse Whisperer
Manufacturer: Touchstone Home Entertainment Brand: Buena Vista Home Video Model: 2250817
Academy Award(R)-winner Robert Redford (Best Director, 1980, ORDINARY PEOPLE) stars with Adademy Award(R)-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (Best Actress, 1996, THE ENGLISH PATIENT) in this landmark epic adapated from one of the most acclaimed novels of our time! After a devastating riding accident, a young girl and her beloved horse are both left with serious physical and emotional scars. Determined to help, the girl's desperate mother (Thomas) puts her busy, big-city life on hold and travels west to seek out the "Horse Whisperer." When she meets this rugged, down-to-earth rancher (Redford), she discovers his extraordinary gift with animals also touches the lives of the people around him! Featuring Hollywood favorites Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK) and Oscar(R)-winner Dianne Wiest (Best Supporting Actress, 1994, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY) in a superb cast -- critics and moviegoers alike were captivated by this powerful motion picture event! Although it's best viewed on a big theatrical screen to take full advantage of Robert Richardson's breathtaking widescreen cinematography, it seems likely that most people will see this classy romance in the comfort of their own homes. Adapted from the bestseller by Nicholas Evans and directed by Robert Redford, the film did respectable business at the box-office, but it was too sprawling and too soapy to be a bona fide hit. Redford stars as the title character, a Montana rancher named Tom Booker, who possesses the specialized talent of healing traumatized horses through careful and affectionate rehabilitation. He gets his most challenging case when he's sought out by a fast-lane New York magazine editor (Kristin Scott Thomas, in a role modeled after former New Yorker editor Tina Brown) whose daughter (Scarlett Johansson) was injured and traumatized by an accident that nearly killed her favorite horse. When mother, daughter, and horse arrive at Booker's ranch, the big-city editor falls in love with the serene rancher and faces the painful decision of whether to stay in Montana or return to her husband (Sam Neill) in New York. Some may find this to be much ado about nothing, and comparisons to The Bridges of Madison County are inevitable, but Redford's directorial approach offers the kind of graceful stature, tenderness, and intelligence required to elevate the simple story. The film takes all the time it needs to let its characters heal and make their important decisions, and that alone makes it a refreshing alternative to the frantic pace of most big-studio productions. --Jeff Shannon
Broken Trail [Blu-ray]
Manufacturer: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Brand: Columbia Tri Star Model: 3942649 Color: color
Top-rated miniseries! Academy Award(r) winner Robert Duvall (1983 Best Actor in a Leading Role, Tender Mercies ) and Academy Award(r) nominee Thomas Hayden Church (2004 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Sideways ) star in this moving Western drama. Set in 1897, Print Ritter (Duvall) and his estranged nephew Tom Harte (Hayden Church) become the reluctant guardians of five abused and abandoned Chinese girls. Ritter and Harte's attempts to care for the girls are complicated by their responsibility to deliver a herd of horses while avoiding a group of bitter rivals, intent on kidnapping the girls for their own purposes. Classic Western action takes center stage in this dramatic miniseries! "ACADEMY AWARD(r)" is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. "Emmy"(r) is the trademarked property of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video Brand: Warner Manufacturing Model: 15713882
Westworld (DVD) (Rpkg)Welcome to the adult playground designed to cater to any fantasy, wherelifelike robots are programmed for romance ... violence ... anything--aplace called Westworld. Peter Martin (Richard Benjamin) and John Blane(James Brolin) come for a vacation in this simulated Wild West, completewith dance hall girls, free-for-all bar fights and shoot-outs--all safeand harmless. But when Blane dies after being shot by a robot (AcademyAward winner Yul Brenner), Martin discovers that something has gone verywrong: The human operators are all dead, and the robots are now killingthe guests in this science fiction thriller written and directed byMichael Crichton ("ER," Jurassic Park).]]>
Manufacturer: HBO Studios Brand: HBO HOME VIDEO Model: 5457672
Three Amigos (DVD)The Three Amigos are a silent screen comedy act whose act has seen better days. But when they find themselves in a small Mexican hamlet terrorized by bandits, the time has come for the Three Amigos to play their roles for real in this hilarious all-star comedy.]]>
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