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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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (65 out of 66)

    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
    • Image coming soon
      Gary Stevens - George Woolf



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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 66 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Catches the Spirit of Horse Racing

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      cwlw
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      It’s 1910, if you have a dream go out west – there’s a fortune to be made in your future and the skies the limit. But the 1929 “Bust” changed all that. It was a hard time for many who had to develop a new direction because there was no work for many which led to despair. Somehow an entrepreneur horse lover and owner, a broken but skilled Trainer and a want-to-be Jockey came together to train a broken horse named Seabiscuit. The “Narrator” helped set the mood-of-the-times as our Nation’s economy was in a Boom-to-Bust and Struggled-Back-Again situation and “Tick Tock McGlaughlin,” the Radio Horse Jock, provided the enthusiasm for the sport. Seabiscuit rose to prominence in the late 1930’s – he crushed War Admiral at Pimlico Race Course November 1, 1938 and after winning the Santa Ana Handicap in 1940 he retired to Ridgewood Ranch, near Willits, California – at that time he was horse racing’s all-time leading money winner. So get ready for both a great people and horse racing story – it’s a remarkably good view and it will reach out and pleasantly touch you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      If you love horses, this is your movie

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      Susiekt59

      I am a horse lover as well as a fan of horse racing. This is a great movie about taking chances, believing in the underdog, and great triumph. Even if you are just an everday person who believes strongly in something and are struggling with getting others to believe as well, this is the movie for you. The actors are great, the fiming is amazing, and the story is something we can all relate to in some way. My favorite movie of all time.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Classic!

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      OCAVNUT
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      What a great snapshot of America from all those decades ago, when the world was such a simpler place. That its a true story makes it all the better. Great story, great acting, great action, fantastic surround sound, the sound of the horses pounding the track. Your subwoofer will love it. Great movie!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

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      MovieWatcher
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      I forgot how good this movie was until I watched it again. It's a great movie for families with the trials and struggles that various people went through (whether it was the Great Depression, losing a child, near death experience, etc.) Very enjoyable movie based on actual events.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great family movie of true story

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      opamike
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      Great recap of horse racing history that captivated the country. Great coming together of different human journeys and a horse to ultimate triumph. You are drawn in right from the start and are with it till the end. Casting is just right; good performances by all.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Extraordinary!

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      JessAli
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      What an amazing story!! The bond between a broken man and a broken horse, they complete each other. This movie is truly inspiring. It shows us how hard things can get in life and how it is worth to fight for what you want and not give up.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent

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      69hammer45
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      Very good adaptation of the story and book about seabiscuit Being a horse racing fan the movie captures the story of how given a second chance in life a horse jockey trainer and owner can do great things together

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Triumph in dark days!

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      Ranger
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      I enjoy watching this movie from time to time because of the cast and the story of triumph in difficult and dark days as was the era of that film and as is at this time in America (USA).

      I would recommend this to a friend



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