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The Story of Seabiscuit

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This heartwarming drama -- based very loosely on the true story of legendary racehorse Seabiscuit -- gets a simple presentation on this DVD release. The Story of Seabiscuit has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the film's original audio track has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The disc also features subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.
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This heartwarming drama -- based very loosely on the true story of legendary racehorse Seabiscuit -- gets a simple presentation on this DVD release. The Story of Seabiscuit has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the film's original audio track has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The disc also features subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Vintage featurette: "A Day at Hollywood Park"; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; English, Spanish and French subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The only thing really wrong with The Story of Seabiscuit is that it simply isn't the story of Seabiscuit. One expects Hollywood to play fast and loose with the facts when it makes a biopic about a person, so it's probably no surprise that they play even faster and looser when filming the biography of a horse. But Seabiscuit would have been a much better film if the creators had simply told his real story rather than inventing a bit of distracting and not terribly believable fluff about a trainer, the trainer's niece, and her romantic interest in a jockey. This is really what the film is about, and it's an incredibly dull and uninteresting little tale. Fortunately, Seabiscuit has Barry Fitzgerald on hand to play the trainer, and his warm-but-ragged personality helps to push the film -- barely -- into the winner's circle. He's helped enormously by the use of actual archival footage of the famous horse in two of his most important races; these two sequences truly get the blood pounding and the pulse racing and demonstrate what the film might have been like if it had really been about the titular subject. There are a few other things of note in the film, such as Rosemary de Camp's performance and parts of grown-up Shirley Temple's as well as all of Temple's grown-up beauty. But mostly it's Fitzgerald and the actual race footage some of it causing the film to jump suddenly from color to black-and-white that make Seabiscuit worth a look or two.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • UPC: 012569575325
  • Original Release: 1949
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shirley Temple Margaret O'Hara
Barry Fitzgerald Shawn O'Hara
Lon McCallister Ted Knowles
Rosemary de Camp Mrs. Charles S. Howard
Donald MacBride George Carson
Pierre Watkin Charles S. Howard
William Forrest Thomas Millford
Sugarfoot Anderson Murphy
Gertrude Astor Wife
William J. Cartledge Jockey George Woolf
Alan Foster Spectator
Creighton Hale Husband
Lew Harvey
Herman Kantor Buyer
Edward Keane Buyer
Forbes Murray Buyer
James Simmons Swipe
Ray Erlenborn Cameraman
Gil Warren Radio Announcer
Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Douglas Bacon Art Director
David Buttolph Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
John Taintor Foote Screenwriter
William Jacobs Producer
Irene Morra Editor
Lyle B. Reifsnider Set Decoration/Design
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [1:04]
2. Strange New World [3:09]
3. Family Matter [4:36]
4. Fastest to the Fence [3:34]
5. Disagreement [3:43]
6. Not Hard on the Eyes [3:03]
7. He's a Keeper [3:47]
8. Jockey Curse [2:14]
9. Faith Rewarded [3:18]
10. Out of the Money [3:34]
11. A Horse in Mind [4:05]
12. What's the Joke? [2:32]
13. Winning Ways [3:57]
14. Love and Blarney [3:21]
15. Her Case [3:55]
16. Maggie's Condition [3:23]
17. Photo Finish [4:27]
18. Champion [5:55]
19. Injured [3:05]
20. Rehabilitation [4:11]
21. Temptation [4:07]
22. O'Hara Teamwork [2:08]
23. Back in the Saddle [4:36]
24. Facing the Problem [4:57]
25. Winner's Circle [4:08]
26. Monumental [1:42]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      A Day at Hollywood Park
      Theatrical Trailer
      Cast & Crew
   Languages
      English
      English Subtitles
      French/Français Subtitles
      Spanish/Español Subtitles
      No Subtitles
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