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Seabiscuit [DVD] [2003]

Tobey Maguire , Jeff Bridges , Gary Ross    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper, David McCullough
  • Directors: Gary Ross
  • Writers: Gary Ross, Laura Hillenbrand
  • Producers: Gary Ross, Allison Thomas, Billy Frank, Frank Marshall, Gary Barber
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000UI2Q4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,484 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Proving that truth is often greater than fiction, the handsome production of Seabiscuit offers a healthy alternative to Hollywood's staple diet of mayhem. With superior production values at his disposal, writer-director Gary Ross (Pleasantville) is a bit too reverent towards Laura Hillenbrand's captivating bestseller, unnecessarily using archival material--and David McCullough's narration--to pay Ken-Burns-like tribute to Hillenbrand's acclaimed history of the knobbly-kneed thoroughbred who "came from behind" in the late 1930s to win the hearts of Depression-weary Americans. That caveat aside, Ross's adaptation retains much of the horse-and-human heroism that Hillenbrand so effectively conveyed; this is a classically styled "legend" movie like The Natural, which was also heightened by a lushly sentimental Randy Newman score. Led by Tobey Maguire as Seabiscuit's hard-luck jockey, the film's first-rate cast is uniformly excellent, including William H Macy as a wacky trackside announcer who fills this earnest film with a much-needed spirit of fun. --Jeff Shannon

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel good movie. 2 Mar 2004
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You guys aren't the only one's you feel so divided over this film, I've met a whole bunch of people who hate it, and just as many who love it too. It's a feel good movie, and I suppose that's out of fashion these days. Shame because this is one of the best I've seen in a long time. The quality of the film making is up there with the likes of The Shawshank Redemption, not a single shot is wasted. The script takes its time fully developing the characters, which can be dull for those people who have short attention spans, but they stay with you long after the film is over because they are fully developed. For me this was the best film of 2003. And I don't even like horses.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
As the depression era kicks in, Americans were grasping for any sort of inspiration they could get, enter equine supreme, Seabiscuit. Considered broken down, too small and untrainable, Seabiscuit went on to become a bastion of great racehorse's, and in the process bringing solace to those closest to it.

Back in 2003 upon its initial release, critics were very divided as to the merits of Seabiscuit as a picture. Some were concerned that this adaptation from Laura Hillenbrand's highly thought of novel missed too many crucial elements, others were merely touting the tired old charge of the film purely baiting Oscar {something that is levelled at every film in history about hope and second chances}, the more astute critics of the time however lauded it as the delightful and inspiring piece it is.

It would be churlish of me to not agree that Seabiscuit is laced with sentiment, rookie director Gary Ross barely wastes a chance to tug the heart strings and paint an evocative sequence, but if you have got it in you to accept this true story for its base emotional point, then it is one hell of a wonderful experience. Seabiscuit is not just about the equine beauty of the picture, it's also a fusion of three mens personal wavering, who for one reason or another need the horse for far more important crutches than those provided by financial gain, make no bones about it, Seabiscuit is a very human drama. Knowing how the picture will end never once becomes a problem, because the historical accuracy in the story makes one yearn for that grandiose ending, one to gladden the heart in the way it must have done to thousands upon thousands of Americans back in the day.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seabiscuit 2 Jan 2007
I thought this film was brilliant! I have been riding horses all my life and think this portrays a jockey lifestyle very well. I also think that the way the film describes the great depression was fantastic. this is a weepy film for someone like me who has been working with horses all their life and has owned their own. people who have no intrest in horses would have no understanding when us pony - lovers scream out "NOOOOOOOO!" as the vet is willing to put the horse down!

A truly excellant film that deserves every reccomendation it gets i thought this film was brilliantly portrayed and that the "mushy music" helped with the atmosphere and made it even more real.

A fantastic film that i would reccomend to anyone and everyone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Notions of a Horsey Five-Year-Old! 28 Mar 2011
Perhaps I approached this film with expectations that were too high, since I was not only insanely in love with this horse, but I actually saw him win the Santa Anita Handicap (along with his stablemate Kayak II--totally ignored in this film). My father, the Sports Editor of the Los Angeles Examiner, took me to see all of Seabiscuit's races at Santa Anita that year. I was a horsey child (unfortunately other people's horses!), and I shall never forget the true "Seabiscuit Madness" that suffused the California air (until it was swept away by a different and insidious madness in 1941).

I recently read and enjoyed Ms. Hillebrand's book, "Seabiscuit," but I found the film wanting on several counts: the endless "clearing of the throat" and preachiness before the director finally arrived at the point of the story: the eponymous Seabiscuit; and the director's seeming inability to relate the rest of the story in a coherent manner. What should have been high drama emerged in a curiously static manner. (I was also disenchanted by the gratuitous profanity that added little to the tale [cf. its mature and necessary use in "The King's Speech"]).

On the plus side, the cinematography was excellent; the horses, who upstage the excellent actors, are magnificent. Unfortunately, the film simply could not live up to memories of the real Seabiscuit, my "first love."
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seabiscuit 12 Feb 2004
I am 14 and telling the truth when I say that my mum and dad had to drag me into the cinema by my hair to see this movie. I am into action movies and was too desperate to get to the room that was showing The Matrix Revolutions and see gorge Neo (shhh) than watch a load of soppy rubbish about a horse. Weird, because I came out from seeing Seabiscuit with a smile on my face! It was a really lovely film and funny too. I never cry at movies but it pulled my cold heart strings more than once! One point thought, Tobey Maguire, brilliant as he was, did not suit that hair style and colour. I have red hair myself and was really offensive. Just kidding! I someone told you this film was like The Horse Whisperer, the are wrong. This film isn't as intense and heavy as that. Sorry Matrix-fans, no action here but enjoy it for what Seabiscuit is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seabiscuit.
Thank you so much for such excellent service from start to finish. I could not remember the name of this true story, but now I have it. It is one of my all time favourites. Read more
Published 11 days ago by margaret m stirman
5.0 out of 5 stars Seabiscuit
Great movie. Easy watching. Emotional. Recommended. If you love horses you will love this movie. Excellent value for money. Fantastic.
Published 14 days ago by S. A. Stringer
4.0 out of 5 stars Tobey Maquire's best performance
I've never really been a big fan of Tobey Maquire (especially in Spider-Man), however even I have to admit he does a great job in this touching drama as a jockey chosen to rider a... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Gatekeeper197
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film
This film is great but I'm not sure that it should be rated PG, maybe a 12 but anyway, it is a wonderful film about endearing love and dreams beyond what we think is possible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Film
I saw this on television, and just loved it. I show it to anyone who has the time to watch.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. M. R. Forsythe
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
I saw the original of this film many moons ago and enjoyed it, but I enjoyed this version even more. Exciting, sad all the emotions were there. I hope to view it again soon.
Published 1 month ago by Christine Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Seabiscuit
This is a great film made to fit a memorable great horse seabiscuit
People in horse racing will love this film
Published 1 month ago by Jill walls
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-pounding ending
Really gets the blood pumping at times and a must-have for any horse lovers out there.
Not for children though (don't know why it has a PG certificate) as there are a few... Read more
Published 2 months ago by cicek
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD with a purpose
Bought to use with clients who have been traumatised and who work with those who have been traumatised. Hopefully this will aid discussion.
Published 4 months ago by 123rhodac
2.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment!
Having loved the book, I bought the DVD, thinking it would be even better. What a disappointment. The film is disjointed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by marie sampson
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