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|Seabiscuit - America's Legendary Racehorse |
Actors: Martin Mason, Doc Bond, Charles Howard, Mrs. Charles Howard, Charles Kurtsinger
Director: Manny Nathan Hahn
Genres: Drama, Television
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. The heroes of this true story entered the stage as minor players and left as champions...true life American legends. In 1936 an unlikely cast of characters came together: SEABISCUIT: ... more »
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Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 8/25/2012...
This film is a great supplement to the movie Seabiscuit and for a documentary it flows well. There is lots of information on this "hero" horse and I appreciate digging into past history.
Enjoy actual footage of the real Seabiscuit.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you enjoyed the 2003 film starring Jeff Bridges and Toby Mcquire half as much as I did, then you are sure to enjoy the documentary on this famous horse. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for the underdog and after seeing this year's blockbuster movie about this awesome animal, I wanted to learn as much as I could about this inspirational true life story. Originally filmed in black & white and now available in vibrant color, this documentary shows footage of Seabiscuit as a colt through his triumphant victory over War Admiral. The story of Seabiscuit allows me to appreciate the struggle we face in life and reminds my that obsticles can be overcome. So if this story has any effect on you and you're interested in seeing some exceptional footage of this incredible animal, then this documentary is a must have."
Very informative DVD for lovers of Seabiscuit and horses
FrontPage | Baltimore, MD United States | 10/06/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found this in a bargain bin, and what a bargain it is!First of all, the details: This is a single- sided DVD (which is not enhanced for 16X9 viewing) with a single page insert that has a list of chapter stops. There is not a single frame of matted, widescreen, or letterboxed video. And this DVD is not at all any sort of promotion of the Universal dramatic film release of 2003 (and I think there is one mention of the movie that took all of 4 seconds, so it isn't a platform or publicity release). The DVD has a slide show, a "Seabiscuit Trivia Game," and "Races on the Radio," which has lengthy radio broadcasts of some Seabiscuit matches. I was expecting a lame production, but the producers found some very informative people to give insight into the story. Even the music was better than I expected. It was a mix of period- style music with a dab of modern every now and then, but the music wasn't overbearing. I still have yet to view the Tobey Maguire movie or any other documentary of this incredible story and was prompted to purchase this while shopping for other items after I saw its price. Honestly, the video doesn't dazzle you with the lighting or recreations (the producers saved some money by simply inserting stock footage of generic horses, jockeys, and races to add additional color) and is by no means an award- winning presentation a la "Ken Burns" style. But the DVD is information- rich, which kept me entertained. One really neat item is that narrator J.J. Johnson explains the origion of the phrase, "So long, Charlie!" that is so popular. Those in love with horses or caught by the story of Seabiscuit and the humans that rallied behind him are encouraged to grab this DVD. The staff interviewed people who had direct or indirect knowledge of Seabiscuit, its owners, trainers, or jockeys (so you'll see a good share of talking head segments). But they mix enough footage and archival photos that yield a decent balance for the documentary. There is even some footage of some stars like Bing Crosby, Joe E. Brown, Jimmy Durante, and Lucy and Ricky.One final note: I tried the trivia game and although it's somewhat elementary (it took me back to memories of the pop quiz in school), its quirkiness was still entertaining. Just check out the reactions the DVD plays when you fail to answer a question correctly. It kinda humbles you when you hear the jeering!"
Cool documentary with great footage and extras!
FrontPage | 07/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary not only contains the story of Seabiscuit, but also includes some cool extras: a Seabiscuit trivia game AND the actual live radio broadcast of the famous race! There is footage of Red Pollard's win at the Santa Anita handicap, which I thought was pretty neat;
If you've seen the Universal movie, you need to check out this DVD!"