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Secretariat [Blu-ray + DVD]

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  • Actors: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Nelsan Ellis, James Cromwell
  • Directors: Randall Wallace
  • Writers: Mike Rich
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish, French
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 25 2011
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004DK5CYM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,621 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Disney presents an astonishing true story bursting with hope, heart and courage. Diane Lane and John Malkovich lead a celebrated cast in this inspirational motion picture from the producers of MIRACLE, INVINCIBLE and THE ROOKIE. Behind every legend lies an impossible dream. Witness the spectacular journey of an incredible horse, Secretariat, and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion. Out of the gate with never-before-seen bonus features, SECRETARIAT is hours of pulse-pounding entertainment for the whole family!

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The "greatest racehorse of all time" mantle fits easily around the neck of Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner. So why not a movie version of this champion's life? Secretariat begins in the late '60s, with some good behind-the-scenes material on how thoroughbreds come to be (there's flavorful atmosphere inside the horsey world, including an account of Secretariat's ownership being decided by a coin flip as part of an old-school agreement). A highly lacquered Diane Lane plays Penny Chenery, the inheritor of her father's stables, who segues from being an all-American mom to running a major horse-racing franchise; reliable character-actor support comes in the form of John Malkovich, as a gaudily outfitted trainer, and Margo Martindale, as Chenery's assistant. Screenwriter Mike Rich and director Randall Wallace must do some heavy lifting to make Lane's privileged millionaire into some sort of underdog--luckily, the hidebound traditions of the male-dominated racing scene provide some sources of outrage. The need to stack the deck even more leads the movie into its more contrived scenes, unfortunately, as though we needed dastardly villains in order to root for Penny and her horse. Meanwhile, attempts to reach for a little Seabiscuit-style social relevance don't come off, and a curious religious undertone might make you wonder whether we're meant to assume that God chose Secretariat over some less-deserving equine. The actual excitement of the races can't be denied, however, and Secretariat's awe-inspiring win at the Belmont Stakes remains a jaw-dropping, still-unequaled display of domination in that event. And maybe in sports. --Robert Horton

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I had seen this film before and decided to add it to my collection. It was well worth getting, especially as it was during "Triple Crown"season. Secretariat (the horse) was the greatest thoroughbred racehorse of all time and this film does a good job in memorializing his run for the Triple Crown.
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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 18 2016
Format: DVD
In the 60's there were two types of families: Those that had avocado kitchens and those pretentious families that had sunflower yellow kitchens. These were sunflower yellow families whose kids wanted to run away and join Allende's Chile and stole their school project idea from Simon and Garfunkel and pretended to pass it off on their own. The avocado kids were up to their knees in rice patties getting their limbs shot off by Charlie.

Since we already know the horse wins the triple crown, the movie attempts to create drama where none exists. John Malkovich plays a trainer whose clothes sometimes appear to be made from discarded table cloths. The husband is stereotypically non-supportive, until the end. When dad dies the poor family has a 6 million dollar estate tax and only 11 million dollars worth of horses. My heart just bled for poor little rich Penny who wanted to keep her prize horse. Around this point she becomes a Republican, who attends all white parties while the black horse groomer sleeps on hay.

While the acting was good, I found the script to be a bit pretentious.
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Format: DVD
This is a most wonderful story on the human level and about a most amazing race horse. Though the film may never win an 'Academy Award' it is really worth seeing for the story itself which carries everything else along (though John Malkovich and Diane Lane are excellent). It starts off looking like a rather amature film and then turns into something much much better! Don't miss it, whether you are a race horse lover or not, the human side of the story in it's 60's & early 70's context is just as wonderful as the amazing Tripple Crown winning horse story. This is a movie I've purchased to keep for a long long time. Enjoy!
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Format: Blu-ray
I bought this movie knowing as a horse owner/lover it would have a special place in my heart no matter what. I was wonderfully surprised by this movie. The scenes between Penny and "Red" easily capture your heart, while the race scenes make it threaten to beat straight out of your chest. Even though it doesn't take any knowledge of horse racing history to know how the races will result, it's an incredibly enjoyable and rewarding journey. The way the race scenes are filmed are unlike any I have seen from any other horse racing movie. I would highly recommend this movie for viewers of any age.
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I am a horse racing fan. I have seen a lot of horses, but Secretariat remains the greatest in my estimate. I loved that Penny Chenery was in the Belmont race sequence. My Father and I saw him run at Saratoga in a race that he won. We fell in love with the horse and followed him in the Triple Crown runs by being there. The other part of my story with Secretariat is that Ron Turcotteès brother was our roofer. Once Ron got him as his mount, there was no way we would not be there with that team. The story was pretty accurate. I have my Father's uncashed mutual ticket for the Belmont and the Canadian International Handicap.
I do not believe we will ever see his like again!!! A great story to show girls and women because Ms Chenery was a smart woman who refused to give up and knew a business usually populated by men.
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This is a very well told story - even though most people that would watch this would already know how it ends - it manages to be suspenseful. This is about a creature that was likely the greatest athlete to have graced the Earth with a magic way of going - he was really a freak of nature. Just watch how he wins the triple crown - no other horse came close. It was wonderful to see his owner grow along with him - what she had to put up with was very surprising as it wasn't that long ago. How we take our way of life for granted! This was not a waste of time to watch. The extras were as good as the movie!
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This movie makes you understand just how great the heart of Secretariat was. It is not great cinema or great literature ... it is a moving story of a great horse and the people who believed in him.
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Je l'ai regardé plusieurs fois et je compte le regarder encore plusieurs fois et le partager avec ceux que j'aime. Les chevaux ont toujours été mes animaux préférés et le fait de pouvoir suivre un peu la vie de ce cheval remarquable est une joie pour moi. Je vous le recommande fortement.
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