Hidalgo (Blu-ray)

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A sandstorm of epic proportions. A swarm of locusts so massive it obliterates the relentless sun. Deadly traps that defy imagination. These are just a few of the astonishing obstacles Frank T. Hopkins, the greatest long-distance racer ever, faces in the rousing action-adventure Hidalgo. Based on a true story and starring Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), Hopkins (Mortensen) and his mustang Hidalgo enter the ultimate extreme sport of its time--the Ocean of Fire. Underdogs challenging the finest Arabian horses and riders, they must not only survive the grueling race across 3,000 miles of the Arabian Desert's punishing terrain, but they must thwart the evil plots of competitors who vow victory at all costs! A great story of personal triumph, amazing special effects, and memorable characters make Hidalgo one of the most thrilling adventures ever.

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Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 206728407
UPC 786936756159
UPC 14 00786936756159
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/28/2011
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Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Mortensen,Viggo
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Ahmed Abounouom, et. al. - Art Director
Barry Robison - Production Designer
Casey Silver - Producer
Don Zepfel - Executive Producer
James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Joe Johnston - Director
John Fusco - Writer
Louise Lombard - Actor
Omar Sharif - Actor
Robert Dalva - Editor
Shelly Johnson - Cinematographer
Viggo Mortensen - Actor
Zuleikha Robinson - Actor
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Disney's Hidalgo, about a late 19th century long distance horse race across the Arabian Desert, is a sporadically entertaining adventure movie that is hampered by poor pacing, a badly focused screenplay, and cheesy special effects...The historical basis of a movie is largely irrelevant to whether it's good or bad, entertaining or not. But there's something disturbing about Disney's insistence of marketing Hidalgo as being based on a true story, when there's as much honesty here as in Richard Nixon's "I am not a crook" statement. Stripped of that simple marketing tagline, Hidalgo and Disney would be controversy-free in this instance, but the determination of the marketing department not to come clean places another stain on the Magic Kingdom's already splotchy complexion. The Internet Movie Database's message boards for the movie quote Nina Heyn, Disney's Executive Director of International Publicity, as having made the following comment in the May 13, 2003 edition of The Saudi Gazette: "No one [at Disney] really cares about the historical aspects... If it transpires that the historical aspects are in question I don't think people would care that much. Hidalgo is a family film. It has little to do with reality." Yes, Hidalgo is a family film (albeit a mediocre one), and it deserves to be seen for what it is, not as the centerpiece of a controversy that has resulted from Disney's dishonesty.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Hidalgo" is the kind of movie Hollywood has almost become too jaundiced to make anymore. Bold, exuberant and swashbuckling, it has the purity and simplicity of something Douglas Fairbanks or Errol Flynn might have bounded through. Modern movies that attempt the adventure genre usually feel they have to tart it up, so in "Pirates of the Caribbean," which once would have been played straight, we get animated cadavers and Johnny Depp channeling Keith Richards. Well, OK, "Pirates" was fun, but "Hidalgo" is a throwback to a more innocent time when heroes and their horses risked everything just because life was so damned boring in the slow lane...Hopkins is played by Viggo Mortensen, fresh from "Lord of the Rings," as a bronzed, lean loner who (if I guess right) enters the race as much for the sake of his horse as for the prize. He respects and loves Hidalgo, especially after the scornful Arab riders scoff at the notion that a mixed-breed mustang could challenge their desert stallions with their ancient lineages. Of course Hopkins is a half-breed, too, and so we're dealing with issues here.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Mortensen,Viggo
Label Buena Vista Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Boston Herald It will take you on the ride of your life.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter ...compelling adventure, awesome cinematography and dynamic stunt work...
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...[Mortensen] has the measured pace and steady gaze of a Cooper or a Stewart.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...Mortensen eases into the role of Hopkins with the athletic grace and sly humor of a born movie star...
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...action sequences are lively and engaging, the location photography (mostly Morocco) is breathtaking...

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