Blu-ray, DVD Release: War Horse

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
Price: DVD $29.99, Two-DVD $39.99, Four-Disc Blu-ray Combo $45.99, standard-definition download $29.99, high-definition download $39.99
Studio: DreamWorks/Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

War HorseSteven Spielberg’s (Jurassic Park) adaptation of Michael Morpurgo‘s novel, War Horse is a heart-strings tugger that earned six Academy Award nominations.

Rated PG-13, the film tells the story of an amazing horse and his young trainer Albert (newcomer Jeremy Irvine, TV’s Life Bites) throughout World War I. After his horse is bought to serve in the British Army, Albert enlists and both must face the horrors of war while touching the lives of others.

The drama movie also stars Emily Watson (Red Dragon), David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), Benedict Cumberbatch (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Toby Kebbell (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and Eddie Marsan (The Disappearance of Alice Creed).

War Horse was nominated for Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and the biggie, Best Picture.

The film grossed a tidy $78 million, with much approval from critics and audiences.

The four-disc Blu-ray offers a bunch of special features, including:

  • 60-minute documentary A Filmmaking Journey by Spielberg
  • “Editor & Scoring” with film editor Michael Kahn and composer John Williams talking about their work on War Horse and their various collaborations with Spielberg
  • “The Sounds of War Horse” with sound designer Gary Rydstrom
  • “Through the Producer’s Lens” with producer Kathleen Kennedy sharing photos taken during filming and recounting her discovery of War Horse
  • War Horse: The Look” with Spielberg introducing his creative team of production designer Rick Carter, costume designer Joanna Johnston and director of photography Janusz Kaminski
  • “An Extras Point of View” with film extra Martin Dew explaining how and why he and a hundred other men were brought in to be featured as both German and British soldiers
  • downloadable digital copy of the movie.

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo and digital downloads contain “War Horse: The Look” and “An Extra’s Point of View,” and the DVD includes “War Horse: The Look.”


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.