"Seabiscuit" is set in the world of horseracing, so I expected a cinematic film with exciting footage, and the movie delivered on those expectations. But I was pleasantly surprised at how emotionally involving the film was. It seemed to me what made this movie so good was that it was really about second chances.
The film tells the interlocking stories of three very different men, each of whom is at a low point in his life. The lives of the three intersect when they try to make a winner out of an undersized thoroughbred racehorse who performed so poorly in his early years that everyone else gave up on him. As the horse begins to win, the lives of the three men turn around. Meanwhile, the American general public, beaten down by the Great Depression, takes a fancy to the smallish, nondescript-looking thoroughbredthey see him as a symbol of hope.
I believe what makes "Seabiscuit" so poignant is the relationship between owner Charles Howard and jockey Red Pollard. Howard lost a son because of a tragic accident, and Pollard was pushed out of his home as a teenager by his father for economic reasons. Thus, I found it deeply emotionally satisfying in the movie that Pollard becomes Howards surrogate son and Howard becomes Pollards surrogate father.
The "Seabiscuit" DVD comes with a number of special features, and I have listed these below.
Selected Special Features:
- Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1)
- English 5.1 Surround
- English Captions for the Hearing Impaired
- French Subtitles
- Spanish Subtitles
- Audio Commentary by Director Gary Ross and Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
- Bringing the Legend to Life: The Making of "Seabiscuit"
- Seabiscuit: Racing Through History
- Anatomy of a Movie Moment With Director Gary Ross
- Photo Finish: Jeff Bridges on the Set Photographs
- Cast & Filmmakers
- Production Notes
- Buick Promo
- "Seabiscuit" Soundtrack Spot
- Mastercard Spot
- DVD-ROM Features