Secretariat Bluray/DVD Review

My daughter loves anything to do with horses.  To back that statement up she had to go on the pony ride in Fort Wilderness each year until she was too “old” to go anymore.  My wife also loves things that deal with horses.  This movie was a great find.  Finding movies that focus on horses is almost an impossible thing to do.  Well, Disney allowed us to review the upcoming movie Secretariat.  At the end of the movie Penny is actually shown, and on the Bluray you can find an additional discussion with the real Penny.  I feel that this movie helped my daughter understand that “You can accomplish anything that you put your mind to.”  This movie also shows how close a bond a person can have with an animal.  This is important to any true pet lover.

Watching the movie in HD picture, and sound had the feeling of actually being there.  This shows the technology that was brought to play.  We only wish a lot more movies were this way, and maybe Disney is going to do this more.  Watching it from this viewpoint made us realize what the jockey actually goes through.

To summarize the movie it is about a woman taking the helm of a race horse, anddoing what others thought couldn’t be done.  Make sure you get your hands on this movie.  Rent it, or Buy it… Just don’t miss this one.

We gave the movie 10 out of 10.  A great story that has a lesson to be learned by all.

Here is the release information…

Disney Presents


The Impossible True Story About A Legendary Sports Champion & Its Owner Releases As A Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD & Movie Download on January 25, 2011

Burbank, Calif., The inspirational story about one of the most remarkable feats in sports history, SECRETARIAT, comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-rayTM + DVD), DVD and Movie Download on January 25, 2011 by Walt Disney Studios. This powerful and thrilling journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner and its owner Penny Chenery, played by Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Diane Lane, brings hope, heart and courage to audiences of all ages making SECRETARIAT a perfect film to add to the home library.

“This is one of the year’s best films,” states Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Has received great critical acclaim and receiving Oscar buzz! ‘4 stars’.”

The home entertainment debut of the critically acclaimed SECRETARIAT will keep audiences engaged for hours on end with never-before-shared in-depth interviews with Penny Chenery, exclusive behind-the- scenes footage, deleted scenes and more on the story of one of the greatest accomplishments in sports history.

“Secretariat’ belongs in The Winner’s Circle. It’s one of the Best Family Films of the Year!” said CBS News, and Pete Hammond of Boxoffice Magazine called the film, “A truly exciting, beautifully made movie that makes a run for the heart and will have you standing up and cheering. ‘Secretariat’ is thrilling and inspiring entertainment for everyone. Diane Lane is wonderful. John Malkovich is terrific. It’s this year’s ‘Blind Side.”

SECRETARIAT will be available in stores nationwide as a 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD in a single package) for the suggested price of $39.99 U.S./$44.99 Canada and a 1- Disc DVD for the suggested price of $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada.

“A remarkable story that lifts our spirits, ‘Secretariat’ is a winner! …and the luminous Diane Lane’s tour de force performance is unforgettable!” writes Jeff Craig of Sixty Second Preview.From the Producers of Miracle, Invincible and The Rookie, SECRETARIAT features critically acclaimed performances by an all-star cast that includes Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Under The Tuscan SunNights in Rodanthe), John Malkovich (Con Air, Burn After Reading, Being John Malkovich), Dylan Walsh (Congo, The Lake House, The Stepfather), James Cromwell (L.A. Confidential, The Green Mile, The Queen), Kevin Connolly (“Entourage,” He Is Just Not Into You, John Q), Nelsan Ellis (True Blood, The Soloist, The Express, Warm Springs), Margo Martindale (Million Dollar Baby, Orphan, Dead Man Walking), Fred Thompson (Die Hard 2, In the Line of Fire, Cape Fear) and AJ Michalka (The Lovely Bones, Cow Belles, Haversham Hall).


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 named 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!



The same as the DVD, plus…

•               Choreographing The Races – This piece looks at how director Randall Wallace and the filmmakers used innovative tools and technology to accurately and excitingly recreate the Triple Crown races that make the viewer feel like they are standing on the backstretch themselves.

•               A Director’s Inspiration: A Conversation With The Real Penny Chenery – Director Randall Wallace sits down with Secretariat owner Penny Chenery to review the movie and some of the key scenes. Penny reflects on what it was like to have been a woman in a male dominated sport and to have been part of horse racing’s most exciting moments in history.

•               Audio Commentary By Director Randall Wallace – View the film with optional audio commentary from Director Randall Wallace.

•               Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary By Director Randall Wallace – The same deleted scenes as the DVD, plus four more…

o              Alternate Opening

o              Introduction

o              “Are You A Golfer?”

o              No Time To Rest

•               Secretariat Multi-Angle Simulation – Relive Secretariats triumphant 1973 Preakness race by viewing the race from a number of perspectives as well as listening to commentaries from fans, announcers and even the jockey who rode Secretariat to their record finish.


• Heart Of A Champion – This feature takes a look at one of the most famous thoroughbred horses ever known. Secretariat was a horse with style as well as amazing speed and an unsurpassed racing record. We interview all the key players from the day as well as today’s filmmakers to learn more about the horse affectionately called “Red.”

•               Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary By Director Randall Wallace

o              Director Introduction

o              Memories

o              Seth Joins The Team

o              Too         Soon T o                Celebrate

•               Music Video – AJ Michalka “It’s Who You Are”


The same as the DVD, plus…

•               Choreographing The Races


Street Date: January 25, 2011

Direct Prebook: November 30, 2010

Distributors Prebook: December 14, 2010

Suggested Retail Price: 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack = $39.99US/ $44.99 Canada 1-Disc DVD = $29.99 US/$35.99 Canada

Rated: US: PG – for brief mild language Canada: G

Feature Run Time: Approximately 123 minutes

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

Blu-ray Sound:English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

DVD Sound: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Languages: Subtitles: English, French & Spanish English SDH, French & Spanish

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Secretariat Contest Announced

Walt Disney Presents


Genre:                                      Drama
Rating:                                      PG
U.S. Release Date:                    October 8, 2010

Cast:  Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, James Cromwell, Kevin Connolly, Nelsan Ellis, Dylan Baker, Margo Martindale, Otto Thorwarth, Fred Thompson, AJ Michalka and Scott Glenn

Director:                                    Randall Wallace
Producers:                                Mark Ciardi & Gordon Gray
Executive Producers:                 William Johnson, Mike Rich
Written by:                                Mike Rich (writing credit not final)
Suggested by the book:              “Secretariat: The Making of a Champion” by William Nack

Based on the remarkable true story, “Secretariat” chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner.  Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge.  Against all odds, Chenery—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)—manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.


  • In 1973, Secretariat became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in 25 years, setting race records that still stand today in the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes.
  • Penny Chenery, now 87, is an integral resource in the making of the film.  She also appears as an extra in one of the film’s scenes. 
  • In 1973, Secretariat graced the covers of three magazines the same week:  Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated
  • Director Randall Wallace, whose directorial credits include “We Were Soldiers,” is the Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-nominated screenwriter of “Braveheart.” 
  • In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a 33-cent postage stamp with Secretariat’s image. 

Against all odds, housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane)—with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich)—navigates the male-dominated horseracing business, ultimately taking Secretariat on a spectacular journey to become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time.

We have a contest for anyone that wishes to enter.  The winner will receive a prize pack with everything you see in the photo below.

One winner will receive all of the items shown above.  (4 total items)

All you have to do is tell us what you think of the trailer, and if you intend to go see the movie.

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