Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, William H. Macy, Sam Bottoms
The true story of a legendary race horse that overcome all the odds to win the triple crown. The owner trainer and jockey were all underdogs that shined at the moment our country needed it the most. Studio: Uni Dist Corp.... more »
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Sherriel W. from PALM COAST, FL
Reviewed on 5/1/2008...
Great movie. One of my all time favorites. I'd give it 5 stars!
A long shot becomes a legend
Emily Todd | USA | 09/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In the middle of a summer of bad sequels "Seabiscuit" came along as a bit of fresh air. No other film this year thus far has been filled with such emotion, beauty, and heart. "Seabiscuit" is a rare gem of a film. It does not rely on special-effects, explosions, or cheap romances. The beauty of this film is that it is simply about the pure heart of a horse and the people around him.Writer/Director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Big) adapted Laura Hillenbrand's painstakingly researched bestseller into an amazing script. The story itself is so extraordinary that, if it hadn't happened, wouldn't have been remotely plausible as a film. If Seabiscuit wasn't a real horse, I would have taken one look at this film and said "Ridiculous! Like that could really happen!" The fact that the story is true makes "Seabiscuit" an even more beautiful and emotional journey.Tobey Maguire plays Red Pollard, a half-blind, oversized jockey who was abandoned by his family as a child and now rides the worst horses at the worst races. Chris Cooper plays Tom Smith, an old fashioned horse trainer who prefers the company of a horse to that of a person who one day finds a barbed wire fence and cars in the middle of his wilderness homeland. Jeff Bridges plays Charles Howard, a self-invented millionaire dealing with the loss of his only son. These three "broken" men and a banged up little racehorse unite together and beat incredible odds to become an inspiration to a nation that isn't in the best shape itself. Everything in this film is amazing. From the remarkable racing scenes to Randy Newman's haunting score, "Seabiscuit" is one film you won't want to miss. Please excuse my vagueness, I can't put into words how astounding this film is (as you can probably tell from this dismal review). I am just so in awe that words escape me!"
Reference Quality HD DVD
CD | 10/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This review rating is not for the content of the movie itself, but for the quality of the HD DVD transfer.
This is one of the best titles for picture quality to come out so far in the HD DVD format. The standard DVD release was great for picture quality, so I was excited to see what this one is like in the HD DVD format. Picture quality is very impressive. The textures of the period clothing in the film really stand out. Blacks are very dark, and the movie has great shadow detail.
The sound quality is also a dramatic improvement over the standard DVD. While there is no Dolby True HD sound, the Dolby Digital plus soundtrack is great."
Entertaining and sentimental
brendanfraserfan | Wisconsin, United States | 07/26/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had extremely high expectations for "Seabiscuit" when I walked into the theater. I had been waiting for it for a while, seen several video clips and trailers, read the novel to prepare myself, and was convinced that it was going to be a fine piece of work. And it was. But it didn't meet my expectations.
Why?, you ask. I am sure the reason for my slight disappointment was the fact that I had read the book beforehand. For the first half of the film, my mind told me that something was missing. This missing link is not the result of any of the filmmakers' mistakes...it is simply difficult to capture the feel of a 339-page novel in a film that is less than 3 hours long.
Despite this, the movie is completely enjoyable. Overflowing with humor and drama, no one should leave insatiated. Tobey Maguire is absolutely brilliant as Red Pollard! Don't get me wrong, Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper give fine performances, but Maguire is just marvelous. This man is undeniably one of the most talented actors to ever live. Performances like his make me wish that I was able to act.
Fans of the book might be frustrated. A lot of the novel's content is cut out, obviously due to time constraints. However, most of what needs to be shown is shown.
Despite what critics say, "Seabiscuit" is not a family movie. There is a fair amount of profanity, and one scene is set in a brothel. This content is simply inappropriate for children, and I cannot understand why people are promoting it as if it isn't.
If you want to experience a touching story of triumph that captures the spirit of America, see this movie. You'll be glad you did."