The Horse Whisperer
Touchstone / 1998 / 110 Mins / Rated M15+


MOVIE
Looking for a really slow movie, well look no further. The Horse Whisperer is the story of MacLean family and the effects a tragedy has on there small family. 

One winter day young Grace Maclean (Scarlett Johanssen) is out riding her horse with a friend when an accident with a truck kills her friend and badly injures her horse and almost kills young Grace.

Grace has he leg amputated but survives, her horse is seriously hurt but her mother Annie does not want the horse put down. 

Annie arranges to go on a trip with her daughter and their horse to Montana to meet Tom Booker, a celebrated "Horse Whisperer" to see if he can help the small family. 

All in all this is a very slow if slightly enjoyable movie. The acting is quite good and the cinematography is breathtaking. 

VIDEO
The Horse Whisperer has a very impressive video transfer albeit with one problem, more on that later.

The transfer is very sharp throughout with excellent color vibrancy. Shadow detail was excellent.

There were no film or MPEG artifacts present on this disc.

The Horse Whisperer is framed at 2:35:1 and is 16:9 enhanced.

Now onto my problem. This movie was filmed in 2 aspect ratios. A 1:85:1 ratio for the city scenes and for the country scenes the aspect ratio changes to my preferred 2:35:1 ratio which looks sensational.

This DVD transfer has the entire movie in a 2:35:1 aspect ratio with no deviation between the two ratios at all. Now while a wide screen presentation is great, I still would have preferred the disc contain the 2 aspect ratios of Redford's original dual aspect ratio vision. 

This is a dual-sided, single layer disc. You have to get off you ass and turn the disc over at around the 80 minute mark. Although it does make for a good pee break considering this movies length.

AUDIO

While is contains a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, it sounds like a front heavy stereo mix with only minimal surround use for ambience.

The upside is that the transfer was very clear with good definition and the dialog was easy to hear

The subwoofer was DOA for this movie.

EXTRAS

No extras are present on this disc.

Subtitles: Closed Captioned

FINAL THOUGHTS
An slow, wandering movie chucked onto a featureless DVD. Please Buena Vista, all your DVD's deserve better treatment!

16:9 ENHANCEMENT DISC RATING

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REVIEW EQUIPMENT

Display: 48" Sony RPTV.
DVD Player:
Panasonic A350 Player using S-Video Cables.
Receiver:
Pioneer VSX-D508 Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround.
Speakers:
Accusound speaker system.

Copyright 2000 by [Roger Ward].
Revised: 13 Nov 2000 22:46:54 +1000 .

DVD INFORMATION
Region Coding: Region 4
No of Discs: 1
OFLC Rating M15+
Running Time: 163 Mins
Case Type: Black Amaray
Release Date: 12/7/1999
Catalog Number: 34544
List Price: $34.95
Distributor: Buena Vista
DISC SPECIFICATIONS
Disc Format: PAL
Disc Type: Picture Disc
Disc Format: DS-SL
Chapters:

 12 (Side A)
10 (Side B)
Macrovision: Yes
Manufacturer: WAMO
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio: 2:35:1
Anamorphic: None
Film Format: 35mm
SOUND SPECIFICATIONS
Dolby Digital:

5.1 Surround

DTS: None
PCM Stereo: None
Other: None
Languages: English
Subtitles: Yes
SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio Commentary: None
Theatrical Trailer: None
Teaser Trailer: None
TV Spots: None
Dolby Trailer: None
Documentary: None
Cast & Crew Bios: None
Deleted Scenes: None
Music Videos: None
DVD Rom Content: None
Collectable Booklet: None
Scene Access: Yes
Animated Menus: None
Production Notes: None
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