WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Black Stallion, The
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 12 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Kelly Reno, Teri Carr, Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton, Michael Higgins, Ed McNamara, Dogmi Larbi, & Mickey Rooney

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MGM
(Catalog Number): ML 105109
(MPAA Rating): G
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 118
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): No
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1979
(LD Release Date): 11/1/94
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Credits Information
(Director): Carroll Ballard
(Screenplay/Written By): Melissa Matheson, Jeanne Rosenberg & William D. Wittliff
(Story): NA
(Music): Carmine Coppola
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Aurello Crugnola & Earl Preston
(Visual Effects): Modern Film Effects
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Robert Dalva
(Supervising Sound Editors): Alan Splet
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(Executive Producers): Francis Coppola
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Fred Roos & Tom Sternberg

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Director Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion, based on the novel by Walter Farley, is a brilliant production. It is the heroic and charming tale of a young boy’s courage and love that develops in the face of a frightening adventure of survival. A vicious shipwreck leaves survivors Alec (Kelly Reno) and “The Black,” a wild Arabian stallion, stranded on a desolate island where the two bond in an amazing friendship. When finally rescued, Alec and the magnificent horse continue their adventures when they join forces with an ex-jockey, Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney), and go forth in the world of horse racing. This is a wonderful family adventure of visual splendor, action and suspense.

LaserDisc Picture:
The cinematography exhibited, particularly in the opening glorious shipwreck scene, in this 1.85:1 matted transfer is marred by yellow filtering, poor shadow detail, grain and noise, particularly in the dark scenes, and artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® soundtrack has subtle surround envelopment with a terrific music score. Bass extension is powerfully dynamic.
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