Seabiscuit [WS] [DVD] [2003]

Gary Ross' Seabiscuit comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer does a fabulous job of capturing John Schwartzman's golden cinematography. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an excellent commentary track recorded by Ross and his friend Steven Soderbergh. They discuss the filmmaking process, editing techniques, the difficulty of shooting period pieces, and their techniques for working with various actors. They offer an entertaining look at the film. There is a documentary that goes into greater detail about the real history of the famed horse. Another featurette shows how Gary Ross got his vision from the page to the screen. A third featurette focuses on the various aspects of production. Lastly, there is a collection of photographs taken by star Jeff Bridges on the set. This is an excellent disc.
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Special Features

  • "Seabiscuit: Racing Through History": Historic newsreel footage of actual races and numerous interviews, including interviews with director Gary Ross and author Laura Hillenbrand
  • "Anatomy of a Movie Moment": Director Gary Ross shares his step-by-step filmmaking process of one sequence from script to screen (DVD exclusive)
  • "Photo Finish: Jeff Bridges' On the Set Photographs": Actor and longtime photographer Jeff Bridges presents his own personal selection of photographs made during the filming of Seabiscuit
  • "Bringing the Legend to Life: The Making of Seabiscuit": In-depth guided tour of the filmmaking process from sets to casting, costumes, and more
  • Feature commentary with director Gary Ross and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Seabiscuit
For his sophomore effort, director Gary Ross re-teams with Tobey Maguire and William H. Macy, stars of his directorial debut Pleasantville, for this depression-era sports drama about the legendary racehorse, Seabiscuit. Unlike 1949's fictionalized The Story of Seabiscuit starring Shirley Temple, this version attempts to present a factual account of the story, which centers around the three men who saw the famed horse to victory. Jeff Bridges stars as Charles Howard, an entrepreneur who owns the unlikely racehorse. Howard teams with partially blind boxer-turned-jockey Red Pollard (Maguire in his first performance since annihilating the 2002 box-office in Spider-Man) and horse trainer Tom Smith (Chris Cooper fresh off his best-supporting actor Oscar for Adaptation). Together, the three work to help the famed horse to several symbolic victories that helped to inspire a downtrodden 1930s America. The supporting cast, headed by Macy, includes Elizabeth Banks (Spider-Man) and real-life jockeys Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Tobey Maguire
    Tobey Maguire - Red Pollard
  • Jeff Bridges
    Jeff Bridges - Charles Howard
  • Chris Cooper
    Chris Cooper - Tom Smith
  • Elizabeth Banks
    Elizabeth Banks - Marcela Howard
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    Gary Stevens - George Woolf

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