Black Stallion, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1979) / Region A
Black Stallion, The: The Criterion Collection

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Black Stallion, The: The Criterion Collection

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 , 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 (National Velvet) as a retired jockey and a gorgeous score by Carmine Coppola.


  • Length
  • Rating G
  • Released:
  • Added Jun 10 2015
  • Production Year 1979
  • Empire SKU 1743981
  • UPC Code 715515151115
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


Five short films by Carroll Ballard, with introductions by the director:
"Pigs!" (1965)
"The Perils of Priscilla" (1969)
"Rodeo" (1969)
"Seems Like Only Yesterday" (1971)
"Crystallization" (1974)
New conversation between Ballard and film critic Scott Foundas
New interview with Deschanel
New piece featuring photographer Mary Ellen Mark discussing her images from the film's set
Plus: An essay by film critic Michael Sragow


  • Audio
    English DTS-HD MA Surround
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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