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Young Black Stallion, The
Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 93 (Feb 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Richard Romanus & Biana G. Tamimi

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
Includes a 14-minute bonus story called The Sire that precedes The Young Black Stallion, a five-minute Finding Biana casting featurette, a six-minute look at Shooting In Namibia, a four-minute Building The Casbah set highlight, an eight minute highlight on A Story In IMAX, a six-minute up-close look at Taming The Stallions used in the movie, a Big Black Horse read-along storybook, and a THX Optimizer.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 29095
(MPAA Rating): G
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(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 50
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/21/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Simon Wincer
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
When Neera (Tamimi), a young girl becomes separated from her family in the desert, she happens upon a wild colt, who has been separated from his mother. Once reunited with her family, however, Neera and The Young Black Stallion must join together to save her family from losing everything! Based on the novel by Walter Farley and Steven Farley. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture is very attractive. Images can be sharp and nicely detailed, with the exception of a few scenes that have a soft appearance. Colors are rich and warm, with excellent saturation, accurate fleshtones, and deep blacks. Very slight edge halos are noticed at times, but there is little in the way of bothersome pixelization. (Suzanne Hodges)

With some dynamic pans across each loudspeaker pair, this Dolby