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Seabiscuit [Blu-ray] (2003)

Tobey Maguire , Jeff Bridges , Gary Ross  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (493 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Gary Stevens
  • Directors: Gary Ross
  • Writers: Gary Ross
  • Producers: Gary Ross, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Jane Sindell
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (493 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001YV506S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Seabiscuit [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Proving that truth is often greater than fiction, the handsome production of Seabiscuit offers a healthy alternative to Hollywood's staple diet of mayhem. With superior production values at his disposal, writer-director Gary Ross (Pleasantville) is a bit too reverent toward Laura Hillenbrand's captivating bestseller, unnecessarily using archival material--and David McCullough's familiar PBS-styled narration--to pay Ken Burns-like tribute to Hillenbrand's acclaimed history of Seabiscuit, the knobby-kneed thoroughbred who "came from behind" in the late 1930s to win the hearts of Depression-weary Americans. That caveat aside, Ross's adaptation retains much of the horse-and-human heroism that Hillenbrand so effectively conveyed; this is a classically styled "legend" movie like The Natural, which was also heightened by a lushly sentimental Randy Newman score. Led by Tobey Maguire as Seabiscuit's hard-luck jockey, the film's first-rate cast is uniformly excellent, including William H. Macy as a wacky trackside announcer who fills this earnest film with a much-needed spirit of fun. --Jeff Shannon

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A great American story from Academy Award®-nominated† filmmaker Gary Ross, Seabiscuit stars Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper. Based on the inspiring true story of three men – a jockey, a trainer and a businessman – and the undersized racehorse who took the entire nation on the ride of a lifetime. This breathtaking film achievement is “a must-see moviegoing experience” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “a flat-out great movie!” (Larry King Live, CNN)

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Horse that Could October 14, 2003
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The term "feel-good movie" is, like "popcorn flick" and "chick flick," one of those sweeping and usually inaccurate generalizations that are used to color any number of superficially similar films. If the definition is stretched broadly enough, "feel-good" can be used to describe anything from Chariots of Fire to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. In the summer of 2003, however, there were two movies for which "feel-good" was both accurate and complimentary. One was Bend it Like Beckham. The other was Seabiscuit.
For those not familiar with the story, Seabiscuit was a famous racehorse of the Depression era, competing between 1936 and 1940. His career is chronicled in the marvelous book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand's lengthy, detail-rich narrative is, like many great books, too complex to transfer note for note to film, but writer-director Gary Ross takes on the formidable challenge of bringing Seabiscuit's tale to life on the big screen. Ross wisely chooses to follow Hillenbrand's lead, building the story around the three men who respectively owned, trained, and raced the horse: wealthy auto salesman Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges), cowboy Tom Smith (Chris Cooper), and jockey Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire). Ross makes shrewd choices about which details and characters to delete, which events to compress or eliminate altogether, and which aspects of the story to highlight. The result is a wonderful character-driven drama, a story about the power of friendship, love, hope, courage, and never giving up.
Ross takes his leisurely time introducing the three men.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long shot becomes a legend September 1, 2003
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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seabiscuit .. an American Legend December 13, 2003
I never read the Laura Hillebrand book by the same name, but I did see the Seabiscuit movie and let me tell you - it was phenominal! I know some say it was cliche - but the story is TRUE! It's not just some Hollywood writer trying to come up with the latest feel good animal movie, it's actually true.
The acting was amazing in the movie. Tobey Macguire did a great job as alcholic jockey Red Pollard, and Chris Cooper was outstanding as the horse-whisperer-like trainer Tom Smith. Jeff Bridges (who is not one of my favorite actors) did a decent job in his role as well. One of the funniest characters was William H. Macy's announcer during the races, he cracked me up! Another surprisingly good performance was real life pro jockey Gary Stevens playing Red Pollard's friend and rival, jockey George Woolf.
The story is wonderful, taking place during the 1930's when the country is reeling from the Great Depression. Jeff Bridges character, Charles Howard, is a business man whose wife leaves him after their child is killed. He suffers from depression and ends up at a horse track where he meets a new girl and ends up buying the unruly Seabiscuit. He meets up with outcast horse trainer Tom Smith and the unpredictable Red Pollard and the three of them take America by storm with the amazing Seabiscuit.
The film is beautifully done. The locations are gorgeous and the race scenes are phenominal. Seabiscuit is a hero and an inspiration in his own right, not only because he won races - but also because he gave hope to so many people at a time when they really needed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorate
this is a great movie. I watch it over and over again. It is true to life and very encouraging.
Published 11 days ago by rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie based on true events
This movie is a true family one. There's nothing objectionable, so even elementary school age children will be able to enjoy it.
Published 13 days ago by tresia
1.0 out of 5 stars The storyline was a winner.
Great story, but I hated the language and nudity in it. They turned what could have been a great family movie into something that I barely wanted to continue watching. Read more
Published 19 days ago by nancy j koch
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This is an engaging movie! I like the range of emotions it evokes. Worth repeated views! Makes me want a horse.
Published 1 month ago by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
A very well made movie. It was a well match of actors. Great thought put into the store than to you back to the days. A movie that we will watch once a month.
Published 1 month ago by Jacklynn Kiler
5.0 out of 5 stars Family entertainment
A wonderful movie to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hollywood doesn't make wholesome movies like this one anymore. I would gladly recommend this movie to all people.
Published 1 month ago by Eugenia T. Romeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend
Great service, Great price. Love historical movies and this is well done, spirit lifting and heart-warming. Found a study guide on the internet and am using it for my HS church. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MaryAnne Keefe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
This a heartwarming inspiring movie. I highly recommend it if you have not seen it. Thank you.
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Published 1 month ago by tiger
5.0 out of 5 stars Story of the Most Intiguing and Popular Celebrity Figure of the 1930's...
A four-legged animal who couldn't read and write, couldn't be elected to office, and couldn't speak at press conferences (although he seemed to drink in celebrity like Clark Gable)... Read more
Published 2 months ago by classicalsteve
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this movie
Good quality. Bought it for a gift set too with others from this site. No issues to report.

Good experience.
Published 2 months ago by Stephen T. Ayers
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