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National Velvet/The Story of Seabiscuit/Black Beauty (2006)

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 305 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HT38IA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Velvet/The Story of Seabiscuit/Black Beauty" on IMDb

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Adventure gallops home in three films featuring the speed, power and grace of majestic horses. In two-time Academy Award winner* National Velvet (Disc 1/Side A), Elizabeth Taylor poses as a boy in order to ride her beloved steed in the Grand National. Mickey Rooney co-stars in this all-time thoroughbred of a family-film winner. Real-life racing footage of the legendary "the Biscuit" adds to the drama of The Story of Seabiscuit (Disc 1/Side B), starring Shirley Temple. And the heroic colt in Black Beauty (Disc 2) triumphs over adversity and changes lives as he passes from owner to owner. David Thewlis and Sean Bean lead the two-legged cast members in this splendid version of Anna Sewell's famed tale. Time to ride!

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fitzgerald and Footage make the movie... October 4, 2003
Format:DVD
"The Story of Seabiscuit" is a perfect example of the ridiculously historically inaccurate Hollywood studio film. Next to the Errol Flynn pre-Civil War movie "Santa Fe Trail", "The Story of Seabiscuit" is probably the most fanciful version of history ever put on film. If that weren't enough, Shirley Temple's Irish brogue is reminicent of the Kevin Costner School of Foreign Accents, going back and forth from perfect to painful.
That being said, the movie does have a few bright spots that carry it through the mush of melodrama. The Technicolor photography is absolutely stunning, for one thing. The story moves along at a pretty good pace, and there's a good amount of humor sprinkled into the script. Cast members Lon McCallister and Barry Fitzgerald ("The Quiet Man") are tops as jockey and wise old horse handler, respectively. Even Seabiscuit's son, Sea Sovereign, was used for close-ups. Best of all is the shockingly innovative technique used by the filmmakers to work in the black and white footage of the actual racehorse, Seabiscuit, in action. Opting for pure black and white segments, the newsreel of Seabiscuit is cleverly added to make a seamless segment into the Technicolor film. Strange, but oddly effective.
The nine minute primer on the intricacies of a horse race, included in the bonus material, is still pretty accurate and informative.
Worth watching at least once to see Fitzgerald's performance and the Seabiscuit footage, plus the Technicolor splendor. Temple fans or Seabiscuit completists may want to own the disc. Harmless fun for family viewing, and suitable for kids who like horsies.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For Shirley Temple, not Seabiscuit, fans. May 5, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This movie trades on the name Seabiscuit, but isn't really about the famous horse. Buy it if you want to see a Shirley Temple movie. Wait for the movie based on Laura Hillebrand's book to see the real story of Seabiscuit.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Actually, I was surprised at how much they got right December 21, 2003
Format:DVD
Books have been written about what Hollywood does to history when it makes a movie, so it is not surprising that "The Story of Seabiscuit" takes great liberties with the story of the famous thoroughbred. But I was actually surprised that so much of the true story made it into the movie. Screenwriter John Taintor Foote must have done some research, because some key details, such as training Seabiscuit to respond to the sound of the bell for the celebrated match race with War Admiral, are worked into the story. But you do get a sense for the film's priorities when you take the fact that Seabiscuit's jockey, Red Pollard, married the nurse who took care of him in the hospital when he was recuperating from this leg injury, and it turns into the big romantic plotline of the film with jockey Ted Knowles (Lon McCallister) falling for Margaret O'Hara (Shirley Temple), the neice of Shawn O'Hara (Barry Fitzgerald), who has come from Ireland to train Seabiscuit for glory. Margaret is studying to become a nurse and likes Ted, but since her brother was killed at the Grand National (a flashback using film from "National Velvet"), she cannot stand to be in love with a jockey. When he is injured (chest and arm rather than leg) they become closer and he agrees to stop racing, but then comes the big race and--well, you can just imagine.
Another way that you can tell where the focus of this film is would be that Shirley Temple gets top billing over Barry Fitzgerald, even though the strength of this film is Fitzgerald working his peculiar brand of magic on this horse and the actual footage of Seabiscuit's big races (at which point the movie suddenly goes from color to black & white so that the actual footage fits).
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty average film, but Temple is good. May 2, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I was curious to see Shirley Temple as a young woman, and was pleased to find that she retained the confidence and charm that she displayed in the movies she made in her childhood. Her character comes to America from Ireland, but has a mysteriously inconsistent brogue; not entirely a surprise to me, but she does a nice job with the role. In "The Story of Seabiscuit," Temple is a young nurse whose uncle is a horse trainer--but she hates horse racing because her only brother died as the result of a fall in a horse race.
The plot is entirely predictable: boy meets girl, girl hates boy, boy woos girl, boy wins girl, but the footage of actual horse races makes the film a bit more interesting than it would be without it.
If you're a Shirley Temple fan (and who wouldn't/couldn't be?!), you will want to see this because Shirley is her sweet, pretty self. Don't expect any singing or dancing, however, as this is not the vehicle for that.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars O.K. MOVIE July 31, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I bought this film because I am a fan of Temple and Lon MacCallister.
The film's plot is mediocre enhanced only by the Technicolor photography.
But Temple is sweet and engaging as the young nurse who falls in love with Jockey (MacCallister).
MacCallister is refreshing as the 'boy next door' ...a role in which he was unfortunately typecast in his 'brief' career in pictures. This remains a mystery because the young man is certainly appealing and wonderful and unlike Temple in her older years, he could act. Plus, he is mighty easy on the eyes as well.
He is the reason "The Story of Seabiscuit" rises above its tepid plot.
Temple's irish brogue is a little forced.
Kids will enjoy this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 1 day ago by Fern Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Shirley Temple and the Biscuit, not bad - but check out the Gary Ross...
You could make a case that the two most shining lights during the crap days of the Great Depression were a dimpled moppet with golden curls and an undersized racehorse with knobby... Read more
Published 6 days ago by H. Bala
5.0 out of 5 stars Grew up by Santa Anita
I have loved this version since I saw it as a kid with my Nana Now I share this with my Grand Kids
Published 3 months ago by Kathleen McCue
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
She loved it...it was a Birthday present for a 10 year old...and she loved the Movies. thank you very much
Published 3 months ago by Carol G
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a heartwarming story of 'perserverence'
I like this story of Sea biscuit very much.
As always Shirley Temple was her best.
Will keep this one in my library.
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Shoemaker
4.0 out of 5 stars cute
I liked the story. I didn't like Shirley's horrible lipstick drawn on to make her lips look bigger. That sort of make-up was the precursor to fat collagen-botox lips. Read more
Published 4 months ago by GC
5.0 out of 5 stars We recommend it
Thank you for the shipment, it was a great movie Elizabeth Taylor is a great actrewss, and HOllywood star, foroever
Published 4 months ago by Sylvia Unger Torelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this movie
I enjoyed this dvd a lot. It was great for a family or just for myself to sit down and enjoy.

To bad they don't make many movies like this anymore.
Published 7 months ago by millie2nd
5.0 out of 5 stars My mother loved this
I got the movie for my mother and she loved it, she was so happy when it arrived is a sweet story,Shirley temple is very cute in this movie.
Published 10 months ago by Karlylli web
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Shirley Temple in Seabiscuit
enjoyed a look back in time, wish there were more Shirley Dimple movies on your view list. I am at an age while I enjoy seeing them I have no need to purchase them.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
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