“50 to 1” is a film about a group of New Mexico cowboys who made their way to the Kentucky Derby. They also won me a ton of money by beating the odds with Mine That Bird. The film is directed by Jim Wilson who is best known for producing Dances with Wolves. I can’t remember anything else he did, so I’m going to assume that he was in hibernation from 1990 until now. But, he got William Devane in this flick!
The film feels overlong, as we get the back setup and background on the cowboys rather faster. Even the similar themed “Secretariat” had to pad the narrative with stuff about the lead’s kids and issues of the time. If you’re not introducing us to the cast, the problem and the race; you’re just going to waste our time. I feel a veteran director could’ve managed a far tighter film. But, would it have been made?
The DVD comes with a featurette and blooper reel as the special features. The A/V Quality is amazing for a film that I had assumed when DTV at this point. However, many locals are telling me that it got a limited theatrical release. We’re are the start of the Derby Festival here, so while I watch this amazing A/V quality, I’m at the point of over saturation. Hopefully, everyone else will want to view it. I’m just burned out.
Release Date: 04/28/15