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After a young boy discovers a strange egg on the shores of Loch Ness he discovers that the creature inside is the legendary Water Horse. Artist: Jay Russell Emily Watson Alex Etel Ben Chaplin. Aspect Ratio: 1.33: 1. Attribute: Closed Captioned Color English Subtitles French subtitles Soundtrack English Soundtrack French Special Edition Standard Screen Widescreen. Format: DVD. General Subject: Feature Film Family. Language: English. Library Subject: Adventure films Drama Drama. Fantasy films Feature films Fiction films Film adaptations Film and video adaptations Friendship King-Smith Dick Loch Ness monster Mythology Celtic Ness Loch (Scotland) Scotland Video recordings for the hearing impaired. Rating: PG (Parental Guidance). Region Code: 99. Release Date: 11/4/2008 4/8/2008. Run Time: 112 Min.


Studio Sony
SKU 207336499
UPC 043396184565
UPC 14 00043396184565
Format DVD
Release Date 10/19/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.40:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Etel,Alex
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Cast & Crew
Alex Etel - Actor
Barrie M. Osborne - Producer
Ben Chaplin - Actor
Brian Cox - Actor
Charles Newirth - Executive Producer
Dan Hennah - Art Director
Dick King-Smith - Based On Book By
Emily Watson - Actor
James Newton Howard - Original Music By
Jay Russell - Director
Mark Warner - Editor
Oliver Stapleton - Cinematographer
Robert Nelson Jacobs - Screenplay
Tony Burrough - Production Designer
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Consider it Free Willy with the Loch Ness Monster. It's that kind of family-friendly movie - one that focuses on the friendship between a lonely boy and an animal. In this case, the animal happens to grow up to become Nessie. The story is clever and heartwarming enough for the film to work on some level for adults and children (although it skews younger). Plus, the CGI work is competently done. Crusoe (as the Loch Ness Monster is called) is suitably cute and cuddly when he's small and imposing when he's big. The special effects are properly integrated into the story; there is no instance in which they call unwanted attention to their existence...It's getting increasingly harder for any family feature to compete with the assembly-line productions coming out of Disney and Dreamworks, so I'm glad to report that this is at least as good as any of them. The inclusion of the dinosaur-like monster is a great way to up the "coolness" factor of the movie, and it has more heart than one might initially suppose. Like most fables, the story is a little obvious but that won't be a problem for the target audience and it doesn't diminish the emotional impact. The Water Horse is solid family entertainment of an unusual kind.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review If you can't think of three more endearing recent family movies than "My Dog Skip," "Babe" and "Millions," then here's another title to add to the list. "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" is based on a book by the author of "Babe," made by the director of "My Dog Skip," and stars the hero of "Millions" and it fully lives up to its linage...The movie, set in Scotland but wonderfully photographed in New Zealand, tells the story of a 12-year-old named Angus (Alex Etel) who finds a curious egg on the beach...Like most British family films, "Water Horse" doesn't dumb down its young characters or insult the intelligence of the audience. It has a lot of sly humor about what we know, or have heard, about the Loch Ness monster and various frauds associated with it, and fills the edges of the screen with first-rate supporting performance. Imagine a family film with actors the caliber of Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin and Brian Cox as an old-timer who spins stories in the local pub...Will younger kids be a little scared as Crusoe approaches the dimensions of a whale? Maybe, maybe not. Kids seem harder to scare these days, although I'm afraid some of them will find themselves taken to "Sweeney Todd," which is definitely not for under 13s. What kids will love is Angus' thrilling bareback ride on Crusoe.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Special Edition, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Product Attributes
Actor Etel,Alex
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post Combining the best of fantasy and somber reflection, The Water Horse is a lovely ride.
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...should be savored for the exuberantly entertaining ride it offers.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal ...exciting, instructive, cheerfully absurd and genuinely affecting.
Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times An enchanting tale of friendship...
Laura Kern, The New York Times Family-friendly escapist fare that should enthrall, without insult, fantasy-minded viewers of any age.
Pete Hammond, Maxim The most wondrous film of its kinf since E.T.
Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter ...a movie that the entire family will actually enjoy. Nifty special effects and a first-rate British cast...

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