Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit

4.4 31
Director: Gary Ross

Cast: Gary Ross, Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper

     
 

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Gary Ross' Seabiscuit comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer does a fabulous job of capturing John Schwartzman's golden cinematography. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include anSee more details below

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Overview

Gary Ross' Seabiscuit comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer does a fabulous job of capturing John Schwartzman's golden cinematography. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an excellent commentary track recorded by Ross and his friend Steven Soderbergh. They discuss the filmmaking process, editing techniques, the difficulty of shooting period pieces, and their techniques for working with various actors. They offer an entertaining look at the film. There is a documentary that goes into greater detail about the real history of the famed horse. Another featurette shows how Gary Ross got his vision from the page to the screen. A third featurette focuses on the various aspects of production. Lastly, there is a collection of photographs taken by star Jeff Bridges on the set. This is an excellent disc.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An impeccably produced throwback to Hollywood's Golden Age (and one of the year's true sleepers), this superb drama is very much like its real-life equine inspiration: a little slow out of the gate but full of heart and great fun to watch. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s runaway bestseller, this is the (mostly) true story of Seabiscuit, an undersized racehorse who became a symbol of triumph over adversity to Depression-weary Americans during the '30s and '40s. Owned by millionaire Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges), trained by former cowboy Tom Smith (Chris Cooper), and ridden primarily by emotionally damaged jockey Red Pollard (top-billed Tobey Maguire), Seabiscuit beat the odds time and again, becoming a champion even after being sidelined with a crippling injury, and ultimately making a fortune for his handlers. But this movie isn't just about the horse; it's about the three men who guided his destiny, men who weathered hardships and endured the loss of loved ones. Maguire is achingly vulnerable -- yet not always sympathetic -- as the half-blind jockey who never quite gets over being abandoned by his parents in the Depression's darkest days. Bridges, in his best performance in years, shines as the perpetually optimistic auto magnate who survives the death of his young son and the dissolution of his once-happy marriage to see both his business prosper and his racehorse become a phenomenon. Chris Cooper is nothing short of amazing as the grizzled old wrangler whose knowledge of horses is positively uncanny, and who laments the loss of his all-but-obsolete way of life. Writer-director Gary Ross limns these three characters in great detail, and the actors bring them to life beautifully. Carefully produced to be evocative of the period, Seabiscuit takes some liberties with the facts and tinkers with the chronology of actual events. But minor deviations from the historical record don't affect the fundamental truth that Seabiscuit was a remarkable horse who achieved fame in remarkable times, due to the efforts of remarkable people. Their joint success is no less inspiring today than it was more than a half century ago, and this movie is a loving tribute to that success.
All Movie Guide
Hollywood generally attempts to put its best foot forward on Oscar night. The academy traditionally selects as Best Picture a movie that people worked hard on and that will entertain the broadest possible audience. By that definition, Seabiscuit has all the elements of a nominee. Gary Ross has achieved greatness in practically all of the individual areas of production. The sets, the costumes, the lighting and the score have been lovingly crafted. The triumphant story of comebacks -- for a horse, for the characters, and for a country -- should appeal to anyone. The acting is top-notch. As star-crossed jockey Red Pollard, Tobey Maguire proves once again that he is arguably the best actor of his generation. There is a scene where he sees the horse again after both have been injured. He hobbles faster than he should to touch Seabiscuit and it is a fabulous piece of acting -- a perfect synthesis of physical movement, facial expression, and speech that makes the audience believe that this moment is happening to this character for the very first time. Chris Cooper is reliably wise and rugged as the mysterious trainer, and Jeff Bridges finds the perfect notes as both a gifted salesman and a grieving father. Even first time actor and respected jockey Gary Stevens manages to communicate a great deal about his character with very little screen time. While all of the excellent work in front of and behind the camera leads to some smashing entertainment, the film feels just slightly less than the sum of its parts. What it lacks is a sense of a personal stake from the filmmakers. They are making something from their heads and not their hearts, and while that does not diminish the achievement, it does make it something slightly less than art. Seabiscuit is old-fashioned Hollywood entertainment, in the best sense of the phrase. Perry Seibert
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Hollywood generally attempts to put its best foot forward on Oscar night. The academy traditionally selects as Best Picture a movie that people worked hard on and that will entertain the broadest possible audience. By that definition, Seabiscuit has all the elements of a nominee. Gary Ross has achieved greatness in practically all of the individual areas of production. The sets, the costumes, the lighting and the score have been lovingly crafted. The triumphant story of comebacks -- for a horse, for the characters, and for a country -- should appeal to anyone. The acting is top-notch. As star-crossed jockey Red Pollard, Tobey Maguire proves once again that he is arguably the best actor of his generation. There is a scene where he sees the horse again after both have been injured. He hobbles faster than he should to touch Seabiscuit and it is a fabulous piece of acting -- a perfect synthesis of physical movement, facial expression, and speech that makes the audience believe that this moment is happening to this character for the very first time. Chris Cooper is reliably wise and rugged as the mysterious trainer, and Jeff Bridges finds the perfect notes as both a gifted salesman and a grieving father. Even first time actor and respected jockey Gary Stevens manages to communicate a great deal about his character with very little screen time. While all of the excellent work in front of and behind the camera leads to some smashing entertainment, the film feels just slightly less than the sum of its parts. What it lacks is a sense of a personal stake from the filmmakers. They are making something from their heads and not their hearts, and while that does not diminish the achievement, it does make it something slightly less than art. Seabiscuit is old-fashioned Hollywood entertainment, in the best sense of the phrase.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
The movie's races are thrilling because they must be thrilling; there's no way for the movie to miss on those, but writer-director Gary Ross and his cinematographer, John Schwartzman, get amazingly close to the action.
New York Post
A thrilling, beautifully crafted, fact-based horse story that's not merely the summer's finest movie, but may well be the one to catch come Academy Awards time. Lou Lumenick

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2003
UPC:
0025192328725
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:21:00
Sales rank:
96

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Seabiscuit: Racing Through History": Historic newsreel footage of actual races and numerous interviews, including interviews with director Gary Ross and author Laura Hillenbrand; "Anatomy of a Movie Moment": Director Gary Ross shares his step-by-step filmmaking process of one sequence from script to screen (DVD exclusive); "Photo Finish: Jeff Bridges' On the Set Photographs": Actor and longtime photographer Jeff Bridges presents his own personal selection of photographs made during the filming of Seabiscuit; "Bringing the Legend to Life: The Making of Seabiscuit": In-depth guided tour of the filmmaking process from sets to casting, costumes, and more; Feature commentary with director Gary Ross and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire Red Pollard
Jeff Bridges Charles Howard
Chris Cooper Tom Smith
Elizabeth Banks Marcela Howard
Gary Stevens George Woolf
William H. Macy Tick Tock McGlaughlin
Kingston DuCoeur Sam
Eddie Jones Samuel Riddle
Ed Lauter Charles Strub
Michael O'Neill Mr. Pollard
Michael Angarano Young Red Pollard
Royce D. Applegate Dutch Doogan
Annie Corley Mrs. Pollard
Valerie Mahaffey Annie Howard
David McCullough Narrator
Clif Alvey Angry Trainer
Michelle Arthur Marcela's Friend
Catherine M. Baeza Female Mariachi Band
George Baker Salvation Army Band
Mariah Bess Pollard Child
Robin Bissell Horace Halsteder
Samuel Bottoms Mr. Blodget
Cameron Bowen Pollard Child
Ben Campisi Clocker Man
Dyllan Christopher Frankie Howard
Jay Cohen Bugle Player
Raul Cuellar Male Mariachi Band
Dan Daily Saratoga Trainer
Aerial Delarosa Male Mariachi Band
David Doty Land Broker
Shay Duffin Sunny Fitzsimmons
James DuMont Reporter Lewis
Gina A. Duran Female Mariachi Band
Roger E. Fanter Pimlico Night Watchman
Borden Flanagan Farm Manager
Cynthia Reifler Flores Female Mariachi Band
Maria Luisa Fregosa Female Mariachi Band
Matthew Gillies Salvation Army Band
Ruby Guiterrez Female Mariachi Band
Gary A. Hecker Horse
José García Hernández Male Mariachi Band Leader
Eric Hernandez Male Mariachi Band
Jesse Hernandez Male Mariachi Band
Julio Hernandez Male Mariachi Band
Pedro Hernandez Male Mariachi Band
Sylvia N. Hinojosa Female Mariachi Band
William Hollick Bug Boy Jockey
Hans Howes White Horse Trainer
Michael Hunter Speed Dual Jockey
Peter Jason Reporter Max
Javier Juarequi Male Mariachi Band
James Keane Car Customer
Paige King Tick Tock's Squeeze
Anthony Klingman Boxing Match Referee
Jacqui Larsson Salvation Army Band
Noah Luke Pollard Child
Ken Magee California Doctor
Kevin Mangold Saratoga Jockey
Tarri Markel Female Mariachi Band
Daniel Martinez Salvation Army Band
Chris McCarron Charley Kurtsinger
Gary McGurk Tractor Worker
Dennis Meade Male Mariachi Band
Michael Ensign Steamer Owner
Matt Miller Pimlico Starter
Frank Mirahmadi Santa Anita Track Announcer
Fernando Moreno Male Mariachi Band
Mariana Nanez Female Mariachi Band
Paul Vincent O'Connor Bicycle Supervisor
Leticia Olmos Female Mariachi Band
Laura Pena Female Mariachi Band
Jose Ramirez Male Mariachi Band
Jamie Lee Redmon Pollard Child
Richard Reeves Radio Reporter Joe
Joe Rocco Bug Boy Jockey
Gary Ross Pimlico Track Announcer
Gianni Russo Alberto Gianini
Camilia Sanes Molina Rojo Woman
Andrew Schatzberg Newsboy
Michael B. Silver Baltimore Doctor
Pat Skipper Seabiscuit's Vet
Joshua Stanley Salvation Army Band
Danny Strong Young Jockey
Karla Tovar Female Mariachi Band
Tony Volu Racing Tout
John Walcutt Reporter Roy
Michael White Salvation Army Band
Ivan Wild Salvation Army Band

Technical Credits
Gary Ross Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Anna Behlmer Sound Mixer
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Robin Bissell Executive Producer
Lynn Christopher Set Decoration/Design
Patricia Churchill Co-producer
Cosmas Demetriou Set Decoration/Design
Bill Durrell Set Decoration/Design
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Tobey Maguire Executive Producer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Marshall Producer
Andy Nelson Sound Mixer
Andrew Neskoromny Art Director
Randy Newman Score Composer
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
Bill Ryder Set Decoration/Design
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Jane Sindell Producer
Adam Somner Asst. Director
Terri Taylor Casting
Allison Thomas Executive Producer
Randall D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
Debra Zane Casting
Laura Hillenbrand Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25

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