Despite where this film goes, I did find it to be rather dreary, especially for the first third of the film. I think it struck a nerve for me mostly because I grew up around a farm. My grandfather built quite an empire that also revolved around horses. He didnít race them per say, but pulled them. He raised, trained and pulled work horses and I saw it all, from the birthing (not quite the angels singing, circle of life situation theyíd have you believe. Thereís an awful looking blue sac that squirts out and explodes into a mess of goo you damn sure donít want to be anywhere near) to the training which is hard to explain but intriguing to watch and then finally the showcasing that can get pretty damn intense. Iíve also seen what happens when the person in charge passes away only to have the rest of the family swoop in like vultures picking away at it until thereís nothing left, so I certainly enjoyed Penny Cheneryís heart and ambition.
SECRETARIAT isnít chalked full of surprises but itís overflowing with heart, drama, determination and that never surrender ďROCKYĒ feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when everythingís on the line. I like that feeling and find that itís a rare occurrence these days. I certainly didnít expect to find that sort feeling here but it was welcome. The racing scenes were surreal and though I donít know much about horse racing, I canít help but think this film captures its essence rather well. The cast made for a good time with John Malkovich playing yet another eccentric role (he plays eccentric/crazy like the best of them) and Diane Lane delivering a magnificent performance. I was a little thrown by Lafayetteís presence outside of TRUE BLOOD but even he got the feel of the film down pat. That feeling is a good one and should be most definitely be experienced by all.
Deleted Scenes: Thereís not much here (a slim four minutes) and though they donít add much depth I still feel when itís such a small amount like this they should have been left in.
Music Video: This is the music video built around the film ďItís Who You AreĒ by AJ Michalka.
Discover Blu-ray 3D with Timon & Pumbaa: This is the current commercial ad for Disneyís jump to 3D hosted by the boys from THE LION KING.
Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray is Suite: A couple kids from the Disney Channel also weigh in on Blu-ray and 3D. Dang are they pushing this stuff hardcore.
Previews: There are also a handful of trailers.
Extra Tidbit: If youíre a fan of ENTOURAGE, keep an eye out for Kevin Connolly.