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HIDALGO - Epic Action-Adventure Rides onto DVD and VHS on August 3rd

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Hollywood superstar Viggo Mortensen (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”) stars in the action-adventure tale HIDALGO, coming to DVD and VHS on August 3 from Touchstone Home Entertainment. This rousing film is based on the incredible true story of Frank T. Hopkins, who with his horse Hidalgo defy all odds as they attempt the impossible and compete in the legendary “Ocean of Fire,” a grueling 3,000 mile race across the Arabian Desert. On DVD this rip-roaring thrill ride also uncovers the secrets behind the movie’s amazing special effects. Available on DVD in separate widescreen and fullscreen versions for $29.99 (S.R.P.) and on VHS for $24.99 (S.R.P.).

On DVD, HIDALGO’s bonus materials include “Sand & Celluloid,” a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the film; and “America’s First Horse,” a historic look at the Spanish Mustang.

HIDALGO is an epic action-adventure and one man’s journey of personal redemption. Based on the life of Frank T. Hopkins, his legend comes to life when one of the greatest riders the American west has ever known is pitted against the world’s finest Arabian horses and racers. Onetime cowboy Frank T. Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) was once billed as a living legend, but in fact the glory days for Hopkins and his beloved horse, a mustang named Hidalgo, are past. Outcasts from their own land, Frank and Hidalgo both have something to prove when Hopkins becomes the first American invited to enter the Ocean of Fire, a grueling 3,000-mile survival race across the punishing terrain of the Arabian Desert. With his competitors vowing victory, the race becomes not only a matter of pride and honor, but a fight for survival as they attempt the impossible. This spectacular adventure also stars Omar Sharif (“Lawrence of Arabia,” “Doctor Zhivago”).

HIDALGO is written by John Fusco. Directed by Joe Johnston (“Jurassic Park III,” “Jumanji”).
Direct prebook June 8, 2004
Distributor prebook June 22, 2004
Suggested retail price $29.99 (DVD); $24.99 (VHS)
Total run time Approximately 136 minutes
Rating “PG-13” For Adventure, Violence and Some Mild Innuendo )Bonus Material Not Rated)

Touchstone Home Entertainment is distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc., a recognized industry leader. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc. is the marketing, sales and distribution company for Walt Disney, Touchstone, Miramax, Dimension and Buena Vista videocassettes and DVDs.