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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Running Free

Genre: Family

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Chase Moore, Jan Decleir, Arie Verveen, Maria Geelbooi, The Voice Talent Of Lukas Haas & Aladdin The Horse

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes the isolated music score, cast and crew biographies, the theatrical trailer and bonus trailers for

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 04169
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 85
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/14/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sergei Bodrov
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Lucky (voiced by Haas), is a spunky young colt who was born in 1914 on the Atlantic Ocean on a German freighter bound for the copper mines of Africa. Barely surviving the difficult journey, Lucky is destined for a life of hard labor and cruel treatment, but then he meets a young boy, a servant, who also must endure a harsh way of life. But together they decide to flee the heartless plantation owner and his mean horse Caesar and find themselves Running Free in the unforgiving desert.

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits beautiful cinematography that is wonderfully transferred with sharp and detailed images. Colors are slightly muted for stylization of the time period, but hues are well balanced with deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely rendered throughout. Some minor edge enhancement noticed on occasion, but other distractions are minimal. (Suzanne Hodges)

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