Title: Secretariat (2010)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc/Two Disc Set
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Subtitles: English, French, and Spanish
Run time: 104 minutes
Studio: Disney/Buena Vista
Region Coding: Region A Only
Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46″ 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu
Diane Lane as Penny Chenery
John Malkovich as Lucien Laurin
Dylan Walsh as Jack Tweedy
Margo Martindale as Miss Ham
Nelsan Ellis as Eddie Sweat
Otto Thorwarth as Ronnie Turcotte
Fred Dalton Thompson as Bull Hancock
James Cromwell as Ogden Phipps
Scott Glenn as Chris Chenery
Directed by Randall Wallace
My take: (the breakdown)
I have always tried to see as many films produced by Disney as possible whether they are live action or animation and Secretariat is certainly one of their better recent efforts. When Penny Chenery, wife and mother of four, learns that her mother has died she travels from her home in Denver to her parents horse farm in Virginia. When she gets there she discovers that her father is getting sicker and the death of his wife is making it even worse. Penny then soon learns that the farm is in a extremely poor financial state so she decides to take her father’s place at a coin flip for who will get the offspring of two select horses. When Ogden Phipps wins the coin toss he chooses the wrong horse and it turns out that Penny is left with the horse that will give birth to Secretariat, who they call Big Red for short. Penny and the horse’s new trainer, Lucien, find that Secretariat is a natural born racer and begin grooming him to take on the Triple Crown races. This is a heartwarming story that will sit well with the entire family. Even though it’s slightly predictable I still feel this belongs on everyone’s shelf.
Secretariat comes to Blu-ray looking about like you would expect for a new film on the format. Colors are well saturated and rendered throughout the entire film without any noticeable problems. Flesh tones appear accurate for the most part, but I did feel that they ran slightly red from time to time. Grain is relatively light, but it is still present enough to create a natural film like look. I did spot a few unresolved blacks in some of the darker scenes, but thankfully most of the film contains brighter shots. There’s nothing to complain about with the fine detail as every hair, pore, and texture is clearly visible. Viewers should be impressed with Disney’s latest effort as I certainly was.
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Equipped with the expected 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track Secretariat gallops onto Blu-ray with a thunderous and engaging sound mix. Dialogue is always well prioritized and easy to comprehend. The surrounds are used for discrete sounds as well as louder sounds. The film’s race scenes are where this mix really shines as the pans between the fronts and surrounds make you feel like you are in the middle of the race. The LFE comes alive during the races as well causing the sub to give a nice rumble with then horses are galloping along. This is by no means a perfect track, but it gets the job done during the film’s most important sequences.
As I have to come to expect with Disney Secretariat comes with a well done supplemental package. First up is an audio commentary with Wallace that covers just about everything you would want to know about the production of the film. Next is a 19 minute multi-angle simulation that is definitely worth a try. Next are three making-of features that run just over 40 minutes that cover everything from the horse, the owner, Wallace’s feelings on the film, and the choreography of the races. Finally there are 10 minutes worth of deleted scenes, which include an alternate opening. There is also a four minute music video. Included is a second disc that contains the DVD of the film.
Final Word: A Must Own
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