Disclosure: I was given a copy of McFarland USA in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
McFarland USA Blu-ray Movie Review
Coming to a store near you on June 2! McFarland USA from Disney pictures starring Kevin Costner will warm your heart. The fact that this movie is based on a true story makes it even better!
The film is based on the true story of a small Central California high school coach that took an unlikely group of immigrant students and transformed them into a distance-running dynasty, culminating with their team win in the 1987 CIF Cross Country Championships.
In the agricultural town of Lebanon, Illinois—population: 4,000, where Virgin was raised. His upbringing, tending to crops and cattle on a farm, was very similar to that of the kids in McFarland, where the film is set, he says. Virgin ran his first year of cross-country in 1969 as a freshman at the town’s 412-student high school.
A bit of background on the sport of cross-country.
- A cross-country team’s score is calculated by compiling the first five members’ overall finishing places.
- The team with the lowest score wins. It’s because of this collective group effort, with each place having a meaningful importance, that a state-level cross-country team can be forged by kids with what Virgin calls “average athletic ability.”
- “The concept that cross-country is a sport in which a small school can be just as competitive as a big school is right on,” he says. “It only takes seven kids.”
This movie will grab your heart and not let it go until the end. I always enjoy a movie that is based on a true story; as well as a movie that is based on high school athletes. It will give you that ‘feel good’ feeling and make you forget what is going on in our world even if just for a little while.
I recommend McFarland USA to anyone that wants a family night movie. This movie is rated PG.
Based on an Inspirational True Story -McFarland USA will capture your heart! A feel good movie for 2015 on Blu-ray®
Discover Your Inner Champion
New on Disney Blu-ray® Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere, and Digital HD
SYNOPSIS: In the tradition of Disney sports movies comes “McFarland USA” based on a true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. This heartwarming drama follows novice runners who strive to build a cross-country team under Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) in their predominantly Latino high school. Everyone has a lot to learn about each other, but when Coach realizes the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transform them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream.
CAST: Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” “The Untouchables”), Maria Bello (“A History of Violence,” “Prisoners”), Carlos Pratts (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” “Out of the Fire”), Morgan Saylor (TV’s “Homeland,” “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”).
DIRECTOR: Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”)
PRODUCERS: Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray
RELEASE DATE: June 2, 2015
PRODUCT INFO: Blu-ray Combo Pack (BD + Digital HD), Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD, Digital HD/SD and On-Demand
BONUS FEATURES: Juntos” Music Video by Juanes Inspiring McFarland
Blu-Ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, Digital HD/SD*
BONUS FEATURES: McFarland Reflections “Juntos” Music Video by Juanes
Deleted and Extended Scenes
*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer
GENRE: Sports Drama/Inspirational
FEATURE RUN TIME: 129 minutes
ASPECT RATIO: 2.39:1
AUDIO: 5.1 DTS-HDMA (English) and 5.1 Dolby Digital (Spanish)
SUBTITLES: English and Spanish
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