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WSR Detailed DVD Review
Limited Edition 2-Disc Gift Set
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 81 (Feb 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Gary Stevens & William H. Macy With Narration By David McCullough

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Extra features begin with the audio commentary track by director Gary Ross and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. The Making Of Seabiscuit makes the most of its 15-minute running time, covering interviews with the actors, crew, and author Laura Hillenbrand, costumes, locations, and race sequence designs. Also included is a five-minute Anatomy Of A Movie Moment, in which director Gary Ross gives detailed insight on how he sets up a pivotal scene; a 15-minute featurette on Seabiscuit: Racing Through History, which offers stock footage of the real Seabiscuit and War Admiral; a fascinating five-minute photo montage of images taken by Jeff Bridges; a three-minute message from Buick; promotional material, cast and filmmaker biographies, production notes, and DVD-ROM content. The two-disc Limited Edition set adds more interviews with the cast, archival material, and more behind-the-scenes background including the 1938 match race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral, as well as The True Story Of Seabiscuit and an HBO first look special.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): NA
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Some sexual situations and violent sports-related images
(Retail Price): $49.98
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 140
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/16/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Gary Ross
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This is the inspiring true story of a little thoroughbred who, with the help of three men who believed in him, hit the big time! When the Great Depression devastates the country, Charles Howard (Bridges), a wealthy entrepreneur invests in a small racehorse named Seabiscuit...who has yet to even win a race. With the blessing of trainer Tom Smith (Cooper), Howard takes a chance on unusually tall jockey Red Pollard (Maguire). With loving encouragement from his owner, trainer, and jockey,

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1-framed DVD picture is very nicely rendered, with colors that are richly saturated with warm hues that are often quite complementary to the 1930s setting. At times bordering oversaturation, the vibrant reds of Howard

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