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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Secretariat' (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
(Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Dylan Walsh, Nelsan Ellis, et al / Blu ray+DVD / PG / 2011 / Walt Disney)

Overview: 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!

Blu ray Verdict: I was 10 years old in the spring of 1973, and I remember watching each leg of that year's Triple Crown with heart-pounding breathlessness. My mother and I always watched the Triple Crown together; she is, was, and will always be a horse person. But 1973 was special; even a 10 year old could tell that. That big, beautiful red horse. His distinct personality and clear intelligence. And his absolute love of running and his will to win. SECRETARIAT was clearly a very special horse. The horse of a lifetime, the champion of a century.

This beautiful movie, SECRETARIAT, is the story of that magnificent red horse, and the very special people who knew him. His owner, Penny Chenery, who knew he was special from the moment he was born; his trainer, Lucien Laurin, who just couldn't stay away; his jockey, Ronnie Turcotte, who knew how to let him run his race; his groom, Eddie Sweat, who knew what the horse was thinking; and wonderful Miss Ham, who took care of them all. SECRETARIAT was born a champion, and these people believed in him from the very start, even when the rest of the racing world was against them.

SECRETARIAT is a stellar film, with an incredible story, an outstanding ensemble cast, gorgeous cinematography, and perfect chemistry, between both people and horses. The racing scenes are amazing; I was on my feet cheering wildly for "Big Red," as he was known. I felt 10 years old again, magically transported back to that very special spring. My heart pounded during every race, even though I knew every historic outcome. And that final race, The Belmont, which set records that have yet to be broken, the race that this horse shouldn't have, couldn't have won, but oh so clearly did, and with such style and aplomb, is truly magnificent and left me in tears.

My husband and I truly loved SECRETARIAT; this film is now at the top of our list of all time favorites. SECRETARIAT is the perfect film for families, sports fans, horse lovers, and, well, just about everyone! Exciting and sentimental, beautiful and captivating, inspiring and heart-warming, SECRETARIAT should not be missed. [KJ] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

• Heart of A Champion
• Choreographing the Races
• A Director's Inspiration: A Conversation with The Real Penny Chenery
• Audio commentary by director Randall Wallace
• 7 Deleted Scenes with optional audio commentary by director Randall Wallace
• Secretariat multi-angle simulation
• Music video - AJ Michalka "It's Who You Are"

• Heart of A Champion
• 3 Deleted Scenes with optional audio commentary by director Randall Wallace
• Music video - AJ Michalka "It's Who You Are"