Today's Recon brings information about two films from the history pages. On Christmas day Steven Spielberg's movie about a horse making its mark on WWI comes out, and earlier in December The Help comes to DVD/Blu-ray. We've got images, trailers, and bonus material waiting for you below.
Story: A horse is taken from his master in rural England to help with the war effort during WWI. The horse finds himself experiencing all angles of the war from the British calvary to German soldiers, from the idylic countryside to No Man's Land. Along the way he touches the lives of everybody he encounters.
Filmmakers: Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, and starring Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emily Watson, and David Thewlis.
Status: On the Radar. World War I is criminaly underused as movie fodder which makes me want to see every film about it in anyway. Spielberg has a winning record as far as I'm concerned, but this looks like one of his sillier, emotional pieces that tend to rely too heavily on heavy-handed manipulation. I'm not a fan of horse films either, and while the WWI aspect intrigues me, the horse angle feel hokey.
War Horse opens Christmas day.
Story: Based upon a Kathryn Stockett book of the same name, The Help is about a young white woman called "Skeeter" and her relationship with two black women during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Skeeter is an idealistic, recent college graduate who fancies herself a writer and decides to write a book about the challenges her black maids face.
Filmmakers: Directed and written by Tate Taylor and starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, and Allison Janney.
- The Making of The Help: From Friendship To Film
- In Their Own Words: A Tribute To The Maids Of Mississippi
- Three deleted scenes with introductions by Director Tate Taylor, including 'Humiliated,' 'A Book About Jackson' and 'Johnny's Home' (which is a Blu-ray exclusive)
- Two deleted scenes with introductions by director Tate Taylor including 'A Senator's Son' and 'Keep On Walkin
- "The Living Proof" music video by Mary J. Blige
Status: On the Radar. It got good reviews and generated quite a bit of buzz, but movies about race relations are hard to pull off, and there's something about this one that doesn't get me really excited. Still, I'll probably add it to my Netflix queue and check it out eventually.
The Help comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital file on December 6.