McFarland USA Blu-ray Movie Review

 McFarland USA

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
 June 2nd 

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

Inspiring McFarland

Deleted and Extended Scenes  

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer  

GENRE:                                      Sports Drama/Inspirational

RATINGS:                                  PG

FEATURE RUN TIME:          129 minutes

ASPECT RATIO:                       2.39:1

AUDIO:                                      5.1 DTS-HDMA (English) and 5.1 Dolby Digital (Spanish)

LANGUAGES:                           English

SUBTITLES:                              English and Spanish


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Tracy J Thomas

This movie is on the top of my list for a must see. I ran cross-country in high school and remember competing against McFarland in a few of the regional meets. I too love true stories as well as Kevin Costner and can’t wait to rent it!

Tamra Phelps

I’d love to see this movie. I love Kevin Costner; he’s always worth watching! This looks like a good movie, too.

Matthew Pfau

I watched this movie with my family just the other day. I completely agree with your assessment of the movie. We were sucked in from the very beginning and even gave an applause at the end (which is very uncommon for us). Thanks for the great review.

Sue Bride

My son loves movies like this, and so do I, so it sounds like something we can watch together – which makes a nice change.

Sarah L

I just won a copy of this and I’m looking forward to getting it and watching it.

Sue K

I can’t wait to see it. I love Inspirational True Stories. I was glad to find your review.

Alison Gibb

This movie sounds great. Anything with Kevin Costner in it, I am sure is good. Besides, he is great eye candy. Yum!!


I actually looked at the preview on Youtube of this movie and I’ll most likely rent it for my son and I to watch. It looks like it’s a great movie.

Sarah L

I think I’ve seen all of Kevin’s movies. Most were great, some OK. This looks good.


Thanks Becky!

Just watching that brief trailer, definitely makes me wanna see the entire movie! And the
fact that it’s based on a true story, that makes it even more appealing!

As usual, Keven Costner seems to do a terrific job!

Thanks so much for sharing it!

Julie Wood

I love any movie with Kevin Costner, and this is a very good movie for the whole family to watch. I like inspirational movies like this and really want to buy it on DVD!

Christy Caldwell

Must watch this. It sounds interesting. We love Kevin Costner. Thanks bunches.

Amy Orvin

This sounds like a great movie. I still love Kevin Costner.

Christina Moore

Sounds like a great movie, can not wait to see it