“McFarland USA” Blu-ray Review


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When I received a free copy of McFarland USA to review, I was so excited for the opportunity to spend some quality time with my family. I admit that I already had some preconceived knowledge of what I was getting into. As a parent, I love the safety that so many Disney movies provide. I knew that it didn’t matter if it was just the three of us, or 50 of our extended family and friends, we’d have a couple hours of time where we could sit together and enjoy it as a group. It would be safe for everyone, and we’d all end the movie with a smile on our face. All of the above was true for McFarland USA.

McFARLAND, USA..L to R: Johnny Sameniego (Hector Duran), Victor Puentes (Sergio Avelar), Damacio Diaz (Michael Aguero), Danny Diaz (Ramiro Rodriguez), Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), Jose Cardenas (Johnny Ortiz), Thomas Valles (Carlos Pratts) and David Diaz (Rafael Martinez)..Ph: Ron Phillips..©Disney 2015

McFARLAND, USA..L to R: Johnny Sameniego (Hector Duran), Victor Puentes (Sergio Avelar), Damacio Diaz (Michael Aguero), Danny Diaz (Ramiro Rodriguez), Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), Jose Cardenas (Johnny Ortiz), Thomas Valles (Carlos Pratts) and David Diaz (Rafael Martinez)..Ph: Ron Phillips..©Disney 2015

Spoiler Alert (Skip to next section if you don’t want to know what happens)

Based on a true story, McFarland USA is like so many Disney sports movies. If you’ve seen one, you already know what to expect. There will some tough times, more than a few rough patches, but eventually the underdog will have the opportunity to emerge victorious. I’m more than pleased to say that is very much the overall storyline of the movie. A down on a his luck coach (played by Kevin Costner) moves his family to an environment they are not used to. There, they struggle but he eventually gains the trust of the mostly Latino based community and turns a rag-tag group of kids into winners. Queue the happy ending. 

Blu-ray and Bonus Features

This is a great movie and one that my family and I would watch again. We love the fact that it’s safe to watch with practically anyone. Grandma coming for a visit = perfect movie. Aunt Nancy visiting next weekend = perfect movie. Soccer team coming over = perfect movie. Pretty much any scenario you can come up with, this is a perfect movie. So, what do you get on the Blu-ray besides the great movie? For starters, there are some deleted scenes from the movie. If you are like my family, this is always one of our favorite segments! It was a little under 10 minutes. There is also a segment in the bonus features called McFarland Reflections that contains interviews with the cast, filmmakers, and the real people that the film was based on. It was an interesting time viewing as well. 

McFarland USA Trailer


McFarland USA Details

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 

DVD 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

Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.

 

McFarland USA

McFarland USA
0.8

Acting

0.9/10

Storyline

0.8/10

Visuals

0.8/10

Sound / Music

0.8/10

Family Fun

0.9/10

Pros

  • All-around entertainment
  • Leaves you feeling great

Cons

  • A bit predictable (but that might actually be a positive too!)
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