Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - January, 2011


"Secretariat" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton



The "greatest racehorse of all time" mantle fits easily around the neck of Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner. A highly lacquered Diane Lane plays Penny Chenery, the inheritor of her father's stables, who segues from being an all-American mom to running a major horse-racing franchise; reliable character-actor support comes in the form of John Malkovich, as a gaudily outfitted trainer, and Margo Martindale, as Chenery's assistant. 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!




  • Disney Studios
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG, 2 Hr 3 min
  • Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
  • Codec: MPEG 4 1080p/ DVD copy included
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Dylan Walsh
  • Directed by Randall Wallace
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


A good story, combined with good acting and beautiful cinematography about a horse that did the impossible. I know, you think that if you have seen one “horse story”, you have seen them all, but this one has a lot of heart and very easily might not have ever happened if some people didn’t have faith. I am still amazed that Secretariat won the Belmont by over 31 lengths…a record never challenged after almost 40 years! The story never drags and will sustain interest of kids, pre-teen and up. I was just a youngster myself when this horse came onto the scene. Never knew what the hub-bub was all about, but I do now.


Disney has once again put together an interesting story with gorgeous picture quality and wonderful sound production. The pounding of the hooves will have your sub jumping about the floor. Colors from the 70’s clothing just pop off the screen. Details are easily seen and the light and dark scenes are well nigh perfect. Only technical blip I saw was the satellite dish on the roof on the Belmont that could not have been from that period (but I look hard for those things). Otherwise, this is a very entertaining and inspiring story for the family, and one you’ll watch over and over again. Well done, Disney!


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"