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The Black Stallion

Carroll Ballard

 
The Black Stallion (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1979
  • 117 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #765

A wild horse saves a young boy’s life after a terrifying shipwreck and the two become unlikely friends in Carroll Ballard’s cinematic tour de force, adapted from Walter Farley’s classic children’s novel. From the crystalline shores of a deserted island to the green grass and dusty roads of 1940s suburban America, Ballard and director of photography Caleb Deschanel create a film of consistent visual invention and purity, one that also features a winning supporting performance by Mickey Rooney as a retired jockey and a gorgeous score by Carmine Coppola.

Cast

Alec RamsayKelly Reno
Henry DaileyMickey Rooney
Alec's motherTeri Garr
Alec's fatherHoyt Axton
SnoeClarence Muse
NevilleMichael Higgins
JakeEd McNamara
ArabDogmi Larbi
The BlackCass-Olé

Credits

DirectorCarroll Ballard
Executive producerFrancis Ford Coppola
Produced byFred Roos and Tom Sternberg
Based on the novel byWalter Farley
ScreenplayMelissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff
Director of photographyCaleb Deschanel
EditorRobert Dalva
MusicCarmine Coppola
Supervising sound editorAlan Splet

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Caleb Deschanel, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Five short films by director Carroll Ballard, with new introductions by the filmmaker: Pigs! (1965), The Perils of Priscilla (1969), Rodeo (1969), Seems Like Only Yesterday (1971), and Crystallization (1974)
  • New conversation between Ballard and film critic Scott Foundas
  • New interview with Deschanel
  • New piece featuring Mary Ellen Mark discussing her photographs from the film’s set
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Sragow

    New cover by Nicolas Delort

Film Essays

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The Black Stallion: Nirvana on Horseback

By Michael Sragow July 14, 2015

Carroll Ballard’s film is a work of rapture, a mesmerizing adventure that envelops the viewer in the beauties of the natural world. Read more »

Interviews

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An Honest Bull Session with Carroll Ballard

By Michael Sragow June 20, 2017

With both films now streaming on the Criterion Channel, director Carroll Ballard discusses the parallels between his short documentary Rodeo and Francesco Rosi’s bull-fighting classic The Moment . . . Read more »


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The Black Stallion: Nirvana on Horseback

By Michael Sragow July 14, 2015

Carroll Ballard’s film is a work of rapture, a mesmerizing adventure that envelops the viewer in the beauties of the natural world. Read more »

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