Steven Spielberg’s War Horse leads the charge as we welcome you with open hooves to another wonderful week here at blockbuster.co.uk! Besides the animal magic on display in Spiely’s shiny, all-star historical drama, we’ve got a cracking new crime thriller for you, a car-chasing, gun-blazing actioner called Transit. Beyond which, we’ve a feast of fresh blogs and videos for you to enjoy, alongside some incredible, unmissable offers and competitions. So come, dig in, enjoy!
Arriving hot on the hooves of the smash hit theatrical production, which itself sprung forth from the loins of Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg’s War Horse is the inevitable Hollywood epic it was forever destined to be. The tale of a horse born with indomitable fighting spirit whose journey through life is dramatic, to say the very least, it’s a must for animal lovers and equally essential entertainment for fans of broad, emotional, sweeping, sentimental cinema.
Born shortly before the Great War into a Devon so idyllic it rivals the pastoral pleasures of Middle-earth’s Shire, Joey is a horse destined for great things. Bonding early on with a sweet-hearted and uncommonly pretty young farmer’s lad named Albert (up-and-comer Jeremy Irvine), Joey’s heartbreaking sale to a dashing British cavalry officer (Tom ‘Loki’ Hiddleston) sees the young nag thrust into the front lines of one of history’s greatest conflicts, passing from owner to owner, experiencing kindness and cruelty, kinship and solitude, harmony and danger, really everything you can imagine being squeezed into a single life, human or horse.
Featuring a cast of characters easily divided between horse lovers and terrible swines, the movie showcases a wealth of British talent, from the veteran (Emily Watson) to the rising (Benedict Cumberbatch) and the familiar (Eddie Marsan), with a stack of international stars on top (The Reader’s David Kross, A Prophet’s Niels Arestrup). King of the castle though is undoubtedly Joey, by far the most emotive steed the cinema has ever seen. Never did I expect to be moved by a scene of a field being ploughed, but between Joey, Jeremy and Spiely, I swear my heart skipped a beat.
A heartfelt, rousing and really rather lovely, family-friendly film with a poignant John Williams score and warmly familiar, old fashioned stylings, Spielberg’s War Horse marks another victory for the legendary Hollywood director. Buy or rent it now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online from blockbuster.co.uk.
An action-packed, edge-of-the-seat crime thriller loaded with violent, physical confrontations, reckless driving, uninhibited gunplay and the wilful destruction of property, Transit stars Outlander’s Jim Caviezel, True Blood’s James Frain and Lost’s Harold Perrineau. To move $4 million of nabbed cash past a police road block, a gang of scumbag criminals use a suburban family as unwitting mules. Later on, when they try to get their money back and complications ensue, the bad guys prove themselves capable of pretty much anything in the relentless pursuit of their ill-gotten gains. Essentially then, it’s Caviezel fighting desperately for his family while Frain tries with some success to kill every living thing in the movie. And what a lot of fun it is! Violent, fast-paced and gloriously intense with plenty of bang for your buck. Buy or rent it now on Blu-ray and DVD, in store and online from blockbuster.co.uk.