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 »a burned-out knobby-kneed racehorse; RED POLLARD: a down and out and half blind jockey; GEORGEWOLF: the "Ice Man", a cool and cocky rider; TOM SMITH: an aging western trainer bypassed by the big time; CHARLES S.HOWARD: Buick dealer and horse owner, a self-made man. Seabiscuit?s story played out against America?s Great Depression, when one in four breadwinners was without work. Spectator sports, radio programming and movie theaters offered an escape and created instant celebrity, even for horses. When America needed him most, Seabiscuit became the working man?s hero and the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorse in history! He made us believe in ourselves, in courage, in perseverance, in America. No other racehorse has come close to Seabiscuit?s fame or his hold over the nation?s imagination. -This program includes the complete archival Seabiscuit/War Admiral "Match Race," which is considered to be the greatest horse race in history. -Riding Seabiscuit was George "Ice Man" Wolf, whom Laura Hillenbrand calls "the greatest jockey who ever lived." -This documentary includes the real footage of jockey Red Pollard?s (Tobey Maguire in the Universal film) thrilling victory at the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap. -Also in this film is an extensive interview with Laura Hillenbrand, writer of the #1 New York Times bestseller "Seabiscuit: An American Legend," and Bob Baffert, trainer of Kentucky Derby Winner "Silver Charm" and "Real Quiet". 51 Minutes« less
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!"
"Lost Documentary" is a Great Piece of Horse Racing History
FrontPage | 12/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed "Seabiscuit - The Lost Documentary". First, I am a diehard Seabiscuit fan so I am biased. But it takes the viewer through Seabiscuit's life, from his birth as a colt in the stables, and culminates in his great match race with War Admiral. When we see him as a baby with his mother, it's very cute. In between, you get a peek at Charles Howard and Marcela, and Seabiscuit's rise to fame. I wish it would have been a little bit longer because I found it very interesting, but you get to see Charles Howard's original tribute to this special horse in both black and white and color, and for a 60-year old film, it looks remarkably good. "Seabiscuit - The Lost Documentary" is a nice complement to the major motion picture Seabiscuit. Buy it if you are a Seabiscuit fan or a horse racing history fan!"
Amazon has their information CONFUSED!
cult film fan | san diego | 08/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Amazon has mistakenly listed the stars of "Seabiscuit the Lost Documentary" as Jeff Bridges & Chris Cooper and the director as Gary Ross. This is incorrect. "Seabiscuit the Lost Documentary" is the ORIGINAL Seabiscuit film from 1939 which was made by Charles Howard himself, and stars Charles and his wife Marcella. And also the REAL Seabiscuit is in it. Don't let Amazon's incorrect information stop you from buying this special piece of horseracing history. "