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Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron
Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 68 (Jan 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Matt Damon, James Cromwell & Daniel Studi

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Special features include group filmmaker commentary with Mireille Soria, Kelly Asbury, and Lorna Cook; a 14-minute Learn To Draw Spirit With James Baxter tutorial; a seven-minute Animating Spirit segment; the 10-minute "The Songs Of Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron" featurette; four storyboards with optional commentary; production notes; cast and filmmaker biographies. There is a DreamWorks Kids menu which adds DVD-ROM fun, jump to a favorite scene, and two set-top games (which perform like classic carnival games): Cimarron Slam and Mustang Derby. Probably the most anticipated feature is the Make A Movie Studio, which provides a fantastic variety of actual backgrounds, music, effects, and characters from the film that can be arranged on a timeline to create your own movie. This program is selectable right alongside the other supplements on the Special Features menu and the DWK menu, but unfortunately the DVD does not remind participants that the Make A Movie Studio is a DVD-ROM-only feature. If no one reads the DVD jacket, there is nothing on the menu that tells you that this feature is only accessible via your PC.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): DreamWorks Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 89946
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 83
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/19/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Kelly Asbury & Lorna Cook
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Special Notes:
Also available in a separate full screen version.

Story Synopsis:
Join Spirit, a wild young mustang, as he sets out on a spectacular, action-packed quest to overcome the impossible, save his homeland, and regain his freedom. His curiosity gets him captured by soldiers who are driven to tame him. Yet, breaking his spirit is not an option. In his courageous journey to get back to his herd, Spirit forms a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave (Studi), outwits a relentless squadron of soldiers, and falls for a sweet paint mare named Rain. "Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron" is a spectacular tale about discovering the true hero inside of you. Matt Damon narrates the story as the voice of Spirit, but the character does not talk or break out in song. Rather, the music by Hans Zimmer and songs of Bryan Adams moves the tale along. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a gorgeously animated picture that is smooth and solid, with crisp details. Labelled as being

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio presentation is outstanding, with full engagement of the dimensional soundstage, when appropriate, and state-of-the-art fidelity. Another notable aspect is the music, which is rather engaging, has been very well-recorded, and is certainly with spatial prominence. Many of the outdoor settings have a nicely holosonic

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