Behind every legend lies an impossible dream. Witness the spectacular true story journey of an incredible horse named "Secretariat"(aka Big Red) and the moving story of his unlikely owner, Penny Chenery (Lane), a housewife who risked everything to make him the 1973 Triple Crown champion, one of the greatest cccomplishments in sports history. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Director Randall Wallace; three featurettes: "Heart Of A Champion" (HD 14:56), "Choreographing The Races" (HD 06:27), and "A Director's Inspiration: A Conversation With The Real Penny Chenery" (HD 21:12); deleted scenes with optional commentary by Wallace (HD 11:00); the music video "It's Who You Are" by AJ Michalka (HD 04:02); Secretariat multi-angle simulation; 3D With Timon & Pumbaa (HD 04:23); and previews.
The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is warmly hued with a "heavy" masked texture, which casts a cinematic appearance reminiscent of the 1970's era. The "heaviness" weighs negatively on the crush of overly saturated colors, particularly blacks, which are crushed. Colors are richly and warmly hued. Contrast is problematic at times, with poor shadow delineation. The overall sense of scale is wonderful in the believable portrayal of the Triple Crown races that puts one on the backstretch of the racetrack. Resolution is generally good but touched with softness. Still, while overall inconsistent, this is a beautifully photographed film that is sure to please, as the storytelling is so touching, (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventionally produced with reliance on dialogue production sound and ADR, with poor spatial integration. The sound is often monaural. During race scenes the soundfield opens up, for an aggressively holosonic® experience, which is exciting. The music score is appropriately supportive and provides aggressively effective surround envelopment and a wide and deep soundstage. The .1 LFE channel really energizes during the races, with pounding deep bass that extends to sub-25 Hz levels, to intensify the excitement. During such moments, the full extent of SPL energy is heard in all the channels. Overall, this is an effective soundtrack that, at times, delivers adrenaline-induced excitement. (Gary Reber)