The Big World of DVD Just Got Smaller! Introducing the new, evolutionary personal Mini-DVD player from CyberHome; the CH-MDP 2500 uses a 3-inch Mini-DVD disc that will enable you to enjoy DVD on the go with unprecedented p... more »ortability and ease of use. Weighing only twelve ounces, it?s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, a backpack or in your pocket! In addition, the Mini-DVD discs are compatible in standard tray-loading DVD players! And there?s more ? it also comes with a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery pack for up to 3 hrs of running time and a charging cradle so you?ll never have to buy batteries! Great for long trips or quiet time, the CyberHome CH-MDP 2500 is a personal, portable, and easy to use Mini-DVD player wherever you or your family goes. Anna Sewell?s novel Black Beauty has been one of the world?s most beloved animal stories since its 1877 publication. The story is told by its hero, a remarkable black horse with a white "star" on his forehead, whose joyous and heartbreaking life takes him from idyllic country life to London?s cobblestoned streets. Written and directed by Caroline Thompson (1993?s The Secret Garden), this is the most faithful of the book?s several ?lmings. You?ll cherish rebellious ?lly Ginger, mischievous pony Merrylegs and gallant Beauty, whose generous heart guides him under caretakers both kindly and harsh, from Farmer Grey (Sean Bean) and young groom Joe Green (Andrew Knott) to sweet-natured cabbie Jerry Barker (David Thewlis).« less
"Considered to be the truest filmed version of Anna Sewell's timeless book,1994's Black Beauty follows the unstable life of an intelligent ebony stallion (played by Doc's Keepin Time) in Victorian England. As he does in the novel, Beauty narrates the tale (he's voiced by Alan Cumming) from his idyllic birth, through the tragic events that led to him having to be sold, and how his happiness was completely at the mercy of those who held his reins. Masters both kind and cruel shape the horse's rather Dickensian life, as do his closest equine companions: A mare called Duchess and a self-willed pony named Merrylegs. Very nicely filmed and well-acted.
Staci Layne Wilson
Beautiful to look at, true to the novel,
Jessica E. Bowen | Marlborough, MA USA | 03/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Unlike other adaptations of Anna Sewall's classic, this film version respects the intentions and the words of the book. We read the novel aloud with my 6 year old daughter and got this DVD as a treat for her to watch. We were not dissapointed. For one thing, Black Beauty himself narrates the film in a voice over (there's no corny talking animals), just as the novel is written in the first person from the p.o.v. of the horse. The film also does a nice job of retaining the message of the novel about treating animals fairly.
As others have mentioned, the score is lovely and the cinematography is beautiful. There are lots of little animals to see and pretty landscapes, etc.
Highly recomended, a very nice family film."
Splendid In Every Way
M. Packo | Stratford, CT United States | 11/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A simply perfect story told with exquisite compassion and artistry.
This version of BLACK BEAUTY should be considered the unsurpassable classic of its genre - as well as one of the truly memorable films of the '90s - if only for these few reasons: Danny Elfman's soulful score. Alex Thomson's gorgeous cinematography. A perfectly balanced ensemble of actors, all of whom add great heart to the story. All-around production design of wonderful taste and period versimilitude.
Most of all, director Caroline Thompson's obvious love and dedication. She has made of this simple story of the life of a horse a movie that puts to shame all but a slim few involving people about whom we are expected to care and empathize with.
This interpretation of Black Beauty is touching and...beautiful."
Michele T. Woodward | Arlington, VA USA | 03/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This version of the classic is definitely the one to purchase. The cinematography is outstanding, the performances are just right and the story is compelling. My children (7 and 4) were glued to the film the entire way thru. It's exciting, engaging and even made me cry. If you have a horse lover in your house, I can't think of a better film. Actually, if you have a love of great film-making, you should own this film, horse lover or not."
Really quite stunning
Jefferson T. Packer | Taos, NM | 09/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this thinking that my son might enjoy it, and that I might possibly be able to stand to sit through most of it.
What a surprise! This really is one of the more beautiful films I've ever seen, and I'm quite demanding. I think it's safe to say that this film is the ultimate "sleeper;" I didn't even know it existed until I saw it on the video store "Family DVD" shelf.
It's possible that it might be almost a little too true to the novel for very young children; but my 4 year old son and I had some very nice conversations about it during and after the film, and he never seemed to be overly disturbed.
It is true to the novel, which alone would recommend it; but it also has a stunning visual presence all its own. The director's vision is really quite profound, and it contains what is perhaps the most perfect footage of frolicking, running horses ever made.
This film certainly tapped some deep wells of feeling within me; if you love animals in general and horses in particular, I can confidently promise that you won't be disappointed."