Customer Review

Reviewed in Canada on August 20, 2012
i must say that i really love this film ........ not having read the book, i have nothing to compare it to ..... so that is where i'm coming from ....

the film is full of love, patience, and understanding .......

since i never saw it in the cinema, i didn't realize that this film was presented theatrically with a change in aspect ratios ....... 1.85:1 (opening in NY) and then 2.35:1 (as they leave to drive cross country to montana) ........ the blu-ray preserves this cinematic change for it's intended effect of expansion ...... and so the opening scenes in 1.85:1 will NOT fill up your 16:9 widescreen tv ...... the frame in these opening scenes fit within the anamorphic 2.35:1 scale on your tv (so you will see black not only on the top and bottom, but on the sides as well ....... for when we go to the wide scope ratio, the sides of the frame expand (no more black on the sides) ....

the idea being that if you went from full 1.85:1 (that would normally be filling your widescreen tv) to a 2.35:1 ratio , the effect would NOT be 'expansion' ........ i think this was a wise decision, though some may find it odd initially .....

bottom line here is this film is so good, that it transcends it's topic ...... yes it's specifically about a girl, her parents, a horse, and a horse whisperer ....... but really , on a grand scale, it is about relationships, about relating to another, about LIFE. one can learn a lot from this film, if one chooses to ......

robert richardson's cinematography is wonderful
the sound fx editing, especially of the horses is fantastic. i say this as a sound effects editor myself ! but on the whole, the sound edit and mix are wonderful, from the scenes in NYC to the expanse felt in montana , the attention to detail in background effects such as cars and horns to birds and insects and their balance in overall soundscape is wonderful. great sound design is sometimes very subtle ........ but it always comes from attention to detail ... the music works very well too. .... i can sense the thought and effort and time put into this track.

i'm not even obsessed with horses or cowboys ...... lol (tho black stallion is another favourite film of mine)

really well done !

an excellent and affordable upgrade (from the non-anamorphic sd dvd)

this is the way to watch it for sure !
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