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Secretariat Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + DVD Disney / Buena Vista | 2010 | 123 min | Rated PG | Jan 25, 2011

Secretariat (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

English SDH, French, Spanish

50GB Blu-ray Disc
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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.6 of 54.6
Extras 3.9 of 53.9
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Secretariat Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Despite knowing nothing about horse racing, stay-at-home mum Penny Chenery agrees to take over the Meadow Stables in Virginia after her father falls ill. With the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin, Chenery manages to overcome the odds by navigating her way through an aggressive, male-dominated business and ultimately producing the champion racehorse, Secretariat, who becomes the first Triple Crown winner for 25 years in 1973.

For more about Secretariat and the Secretariat Blu-ray release, see Secretariat Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Margo Martindale, Nelsan Ellis, Dylan Walsh, Otto Thorwarth
Director: Randall Wallace

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Secretariat Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Several minor issues haunt Secretariat's 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer, and it's probably best to mention them right up front. First, black levels are inconsistent -- ranging from ashy to muted to inky -- and moderate crush takes its toll. Dark suits, hair and shadows tend to merge (particularly in poorly lit interiors) and finer details are consumed in the process. Second, soft shots pop up from time to time. No, I'm not referring to anything that traces back to Dean Semler's luminous photography or his use of diffused lenses; there are simply a string of shots that are smeared or downright blurry (whether by selective noise reduction or terribly unfocused camerawork remains a mystery). It doesn't help that a small portion of the race footage was shot using lower quality horse-mounted cams.

All that being said, Secretariat's presentation is by no means a failure. Far from it. More often than not, Disney's encode is a faithful representation of Wallace and Semler's intentions; enough so to readily satisfy fans of the film. Colors are rich and vibrant, primaries are gorgeous, skintones are warm and relatively natural (despite the occasional oversaturated or flushed face), contrast is bright and bold, and delineation is decidedly decent. Overall detail is notable as well, and many a scene looks every bit as extraordinary as a new theatrical release should. Textures aren't always crisp per se, but they are refined, filmic and well-resolved; edge definition isn't razor sharp but, minor ringing aside, it's more than commendable; and the entire presentation rapidly outpaces its DVD counterpart. Moreover, artifacting, banding and other digital anomalies aren't at play (minus one jagged racetrack roof, a brief burst of macroblocking during the Kentucky Derby, and a fleeting shot of a noisy night sky, none of which amount to anything of significance). Like the film, Disney's video transfer is imperfect, sure, but all things considered, it's also perfectly pleasing.

Secretariat Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

I don't have any major qualms with Disney's thunderous DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. Though light and leisurely during its quietest moments, Secretariat's lossless sonics prove their worth, imbuing the film's soundscape with deceptively unbridled power, commanding presence and remarkable precision. LFE output is brash and breathtaking, transforming every hoof-fall into a stampede and every pack of racehorses into a devastating earthquake. The resulting weight and heft of each resonant thoom lends the experience tremendous authority and helps intensify its most gripping scenes. Rear speaker activity is aggressive and charismatic, granting the rustle of hay in a stable the same attention as the roar of an enraptured crowd. Races take advantage of the entire soundfield to truly immersive effect, decisive directionality only heightens the illusion and Nick Glennie-Smith's score surges and relents beautifully beneath it all. Dialogue isn't entirely pitch-perfect -- a handful of lines are a bit muddled -- but a few negligible missteps shouldn't give anyone pause. Voices are warm, clear and intelligible, and hardly a word goes by that isn't neatly prioritized in the mix. All in all, Secretariat sounds fantastic; even more so as it nears its endgame.

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Secretariat Blu-ray Announced and Detailed - December 14, 2010

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed the Blu-ray release of Secretariat, which, as previously reported, will come out on January 25, 2011 as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. Bonus contents will offer never-before-shared in-depth ...

Secretariat Blu-ray Coming Up - December 3, 2010

An early announcement to retailers indicates that Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release Secretariat on Blu-ray on January 25, 2011, in a BD/DVD combo pack. This family drama about the true story of the race horse who won the Triple Crown in 1973 stars ...

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