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Disney’s SECRETARIAT on Blu-ray & DVD

Last Saturday night my daughter and I sat down for our traditional movie night. We were excited to check out Disney’s SECRETARIAT on Blu-ray & DVD, which we had gotten for review. Since I didn’t have a chance to see it in theaters {which is usual when you have 3 kids}, I was eager to see what all the buzz was about. After all, it stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Diane Lane {who plays Penny Chenery} and was named, “This is one of the year’s best films,” by Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times. SECRETARIAT is based on the true story of the powerful and thrilling journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner and its owner, a story which was said to be one of the greatest feats in sports history.

Disney presents an astonishing true story bursting with hope, heart and courage. Diane Lane and John Malkovich lead a celebrated cast in this inspirational motion picture from the producers of Miracle, Invincible and The Rookie.
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!

I don’t know anything about horse racing, but you don’t need to, to enjoy this movie. It is more than a story about a horse and its’ rider, yet a remarkable story of inspiration, courage and persistance. It is truly an amazing story and the film tells it remarkably. My daughter and I were glued to the screen! It’s one movie that is definitely worth watching – better yet, one that I suggest adding to your library.

“’Secretariat’ belongs in The Winner’s Circle. It’s one of the Best Family Films of the Year!” said CBS News, and Pete Hammond of Boxoffice Magazine called the film, “A truly exciting, beautifully made movie that makes a run for the heart and will have you standing up and cheering. ‘Secretariat’ is thrilling and inspiring entertainment for everyone. Diane Lane is wonderful. John Malkovich is terrific. It’s this year’s ‘Blind Side.”

The same as the DVD, plus…

  • Choreographing The Races – This piece looks at how director Randall Wallace and the filmmakers used innovative tools and technology to accurately and excitingly recreate the Triple Crown races that make the viewer feel like they are standing on the backstretch themselves.
  • A Director’s Inspiration: A Conversation With The Real Penny Chenery – Director Randall Wallace sits down with Secretariat owner Penny Chenery to review the movie and some of the key scenes. Penny reflects on what it was like to have been a woman in a male dominated sport and to have been part of horse racing’s most exciting moments in history.
  • Audio Commentary By Director Randall Wallace – View the film with optional audio commentary from Director Randall Wallace.
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary By Director Randall Wallace {The same deleted scenes as the DVD, plus four more: Alternate Opening,  Introduction,  “Are You A Golfer?”,  No Time To Rest}
  • Secretariat Multi-Angle Simulation – Relive Secretariats triumphant 1973 Preakness race by viewing the race from a number of perspectives as well as listening to commentaries from fans, announcers and even the jockey who rode Secretariat to their record finish.


  • Heart Of A Champion – This feature takes a look at one of the most famous thoroughbred horses ever known. Secretariat was a horse with style as well as amazing speed and an unsurpassed racing record. We interview all the key players from the day as well as today’s filmmakers to learn more about the horse affectionately called “Red.”
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary By Director Randall Wallace
  • Music Video – AJ Michalka “It’s Who You Are”

SECRETARIAT will be available in stores nationwide on January 25, 2011. The 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD in a single package) will be sold for the suggested price of $39.99 U.S./$44.99 Canada and a 1- Disc DVD for the suggested price of $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada.


Disclosure: I was provided with product to facilitate this post, opinions are my own.

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  1. Didn’t get to see this at theatres, would love to win it to have it and share and see the whole story of Secretariat! What a horse. I remember the excitment that horse generated! I was 13 when he tore it up and won the Triple Crown, including setting a record at Belmont that still stands today! All the special features in the pack sound great!

  2. My 10 yo daughter loves horses and we love horse stories and movies! We also missed it in theaters and would really, really enjoy having it for our family movie night!
    Thank you!

  3. I’ve heard this is a fantastic movie, and I would love to see it myself. (owning it would be a bonus)

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  5. I used to ride thoroughbreds and I wish I could pass that experience to my kids. This would be a fun way to share some of that world with them.

  6. I want to win this movie for my mom, she’s lost most of her movies in a flood and I know she’d love this one.

  7. My daughter and I wanted to see this, but once again we missed it in the theaters!! We never have time to get out…It would be great for us to watch it together:-)

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  10. I want to win because my mother in law is obsessed with horse racing and this would be a great gift!

  11. have heard good ratings about the movie, would love to win!
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  12. I would love to win this for our whole family to share in watching, we love movies. karasceviour at hotmail dot com

  13. I’d love to win this because it would be a perfect “date night” movie for the hubby and me!

  14. I would like to win this because I remember watching Secretariat race on tv when I was in high school. Also, because my hubby and kids don’t want to go to the theater to watch it with me so this way I can watch it at home.

  15. This would be a great family movie night video!
    We have 7 kids… we don’t watch anything at the theater anymore. lol

  16. i really want to win because i never seen it in the theatres (i had won movie passes but couldn’t go) and it looks like a great family movie

  17. My daughter is into horses these days and her best friend even owns a horse, so I’d love to win this for her! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I haven’t seen this, and as a single mom of 3 I never get to the movies, so this would be great!

  19. my mom loves horses so this would be a great family visit movie
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  20. I would like to win this to watch with my grandchildren when I am looking after them. They like Disney movies.

  21. I’d love to win this because it’d be a great movie to take on the go when we are traveling. There aren’t always good “family” choices available when we’re on the go and this would be great for the portable DVD player.

  22. I would love to win because this is a movie I really want to see with my family! We love Disney & my daughter & I love horses and this is the perfect combo! Thanks for the chance!

  23. I saw this in the theater and thought it was fabulous! Would love to have it on disc so that my ids could watch it too.

  24. I would like to win because it sounds like a good family movie that we could watch together.

  25. I want to win because I haven’t seen the movie yet and I’ve heard such great things about it

  26. I like Diane Lane but missed the movie when it was showing in cinema. I would like to win & watch at home.

  27. This is a fantastic movie – I would love to win a copy so I can watch it with my daughter any time we need a close and cuddly day

  28. I would like to win this because my son really wants to see this movie


  29. We love touching movie like this and we have yet to see it. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail dot com

  30. I would love to win because my kids are both horse fans. This would be great for family movie night! Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. I want to win because I saw the preview and it looks like an awesome movie and i haven’t seen it yet.

  32. I would like to win this Movie to Have something I Could Watch with the Family then send on to my Brothers Family.Makes a good Family Movie

  33. I loved this at the theater and want to share it with my family. I have always been fascinated with Secretariat and love his story!

  34. Never got a chance to see at the show with the family so would love to win to share it with them at home.

  35. I remember seeing Secretariat win all three races (which tells you my age!) and really wanted to see the movie, but I could never find the time.

  36. I want to win this, because I am a big Diane Lane fan. Thanks!

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  37. This sounds like a really inspiring movie–I know we would very much enjoy watching it!

  38. I want to win so my Mother can watch this movie with my daughter and I. Almost every time and add for the movie comes on she says I remember watching them win the triple crown with my Grandmother. Mother often watches the race to see if it will happen again.

  39. I watched Secretariat in the theatre and it was awesome! I would really love to win this to watch it over and over again!

  40. We love Disney movies because all of us can watch and enjoy them so adding a new one to our collection would be great.

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  45. I want to win because I absolutely LOVE films about horses or dogs (starting with National Velvet and Lassie!) and had always wanted to show or race horses but was allergic to them! I have a friend who actually did show horses and raise them and who also edits a horse newsletter who has made a lot of friends among those who raise horses (the moneyed) and think that it’s just great that she could do so! I don’t mind being a poet and an artist, though, and I review movies, music and books online!

  46. I have heard how great this movie is, but did not get to see it in the theatre. Would love to see it.

  47. I’d love to watch this; as a mom, I don’t have many chances to go to the theater, either.

  48. I could see this movie again and again. I would really like to have a movie night and invite my friends over to see it. Very inspirational.

  49. I want to win this so my daughter and myself can watch it together during one of our Movie nights.

  50. I’d love to win this because our family hasn’t yet seen this movie and from what I’ve heard about it, its a must see.

  51. Never seen this movie but would like to…Diane Lane is an exceptional actress! This would be a great addition to our ever growing Disney collection, thanks for the opportunity to win!

  52. I keep seeing info on this movie, but have no idea what it is about (until your review) and would love to see it.

  53. This sounds like a beautiful film that our whole family will enjoy, especially my mom who has always loved horses. Thank you for the terrific give-away.

  54. I would like to win b/c I saw the movie in the theatre last fall and loved it. It was one of the best movies I saw last year. I would like to watch it again and own it.

  55. I remember when Secretaritat raced. I would love to see this


  56. I would like to win because I’ve been wanting to see this and haven’t had the chance yet.

  57. I’ve heard that the movie is great, and this would add to our tiny blu-ray collection that we have just started!

  58. I love Horse Racing history! Secretariat is a big part of that. Thanks for the chance


  59. From seeing the previews this looks like it would make a great movie for family night.


  60. We did not get to see Secretariat at the theatre. I would love to win the movie so that my family could watch it at home.

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  62. I want to win because I think this is a great story & it would make a good movie for family movie night.
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  63. I’d love to win this because I am always on the lookout for good family friendly movies!

  64. I took my 4 year old to see this in the theater and she loved it. She really would love to have this.

  65. I watched Secretariat win the triple crown when I was a little girl. That’s the reason I’d like to see the movie. I had hoped to see it in theatres, but they come and go so fast.

  66. I want to win because even though I haven’t seen Secretariat yet I remember when he won the Triple Crown and Art Buchwald wrote a funny column suggesting that President Nixon should add Secretariat to his cabinet.

  67. I followed Secretariat’s races years ago and would love to see how the movie tells the story.

  68. I would like to win this because I remember when Secretariat won and seeing this film would be like reliving history

  69. I want to win because it looks like a movie my daughter would enjoy. She wants a horse.

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