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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS:   123 minutes, three deleted scenes, featurette, music video
VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen0
AUDIO:  English 5.1, French 5.1, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 DVS
Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO:  Walt Disney Pictures/ Mayhem Pictures
RELEASE DATE:  1-25-2011

Penny Chenery came to run her father's horse ranch after her mother passed away.  She picks upon a horse that would become the legendary race horse Secretariat that would break racing records and win the Triple Crown of horse races (including the Kentucky Derby).  Penny is a housewife who risks everything and lives two lives over several years (going back and forth between the horse races and her family in Colorado).

It is an inspiring film about people risking to go for their dreams no matter what others say.  Diane Lane and John Malkovich are great in this movie while the horse racing scenes are shot with plenty of suspense.  SECRETARIAT is a good inspirational film for the entire family.   It's drama tells the story while hitting the right beats and make you care for Chenery's struggle and see history unfold about a horse that made racing history.   Malkovich plays good eccentric characters (this time a French Canadian who fails to retire from horse training and keeps news clipping of the races his horses lost).  He and Lane play off each other while the film shows the horse as yet another character (Secretariat was known to pose for pictures).   You will want to check this one out on Blu-ray or DVD.

The Blu-ray has more extras than the DVD and I wish Disney quit cutting back so much on what extras they put on the DVD (while leaving the rest for just the Blu-ray).

3 deleted scenes (with introduction and optional audio commentary by Randall Wallace) are scenes he liked and just couldn't fit into the final film.  The Blu-ray has four additional deleted scenes.   
HEART OF THE CHAMPION is a featurtte about the true story that the film is based on with footage from the actual horse races and interviews with the people the actors played.

Also on the DVD is a music video.  I do wish some of the Blu-Ray extras like the audio commentary for the film were included on the DVD.

FINAL ANALYSIS:   SECRETARIAT is an engaging true story.   It makes you live the challenges Penny Chenery went through to train and race a legendary horse.   I wish Disney had more extras on the DVD.

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