DVD REVIEW – "Morning Light"

By Shannon Gosney
In DVD Reviews
June 20, 2009

My husband LOVES sailing so I was super excited to watch the Disney DVD “Morning Light” with him. Walt Disney Pictures release “Morning Light” on DVD and Blu-ray on June 16th. It’s a great movie about the “true-to-life, unscripted account [of] how a crew of young adults set sail to compete in the oldest and most prestigious open sea race in the world, the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii.” It was neat to see the “real life” emotions and reactions during different parts of the movie!

In “Morning Light,” fifteen novice sailors compete for a once-in-a-lifetime experience – sailing in the open sea race in the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, Hawaii. Producers Roy E. Disney and Leslie DeMeuse present a realistic account of the selection and training of a crew of young adults for the Transpacific Yacht Race.

The Transpacific Yacht Race (also called the Indianapolis 500) involves blue water ocean racing and is a competition that covers nearly 2,500 miles of ocean between Los Angeles and Honolulu. It was first held in 1906 and attracts elite competitors from all over the world in this race that can last over a week!

Both Disney and Demeuse (both are passionate sailors) first participated in the Transpac over 30 years ago. Disney held the mono hull record for the race from 1997 to 2005. In 2007, the two producers thought of a new project – to assemble and film a group of young sailors to crew the Morning Light – a 52-foot racing sloop – in the Transpac. They are considered to among the youngest crews to ever sail the Transpac. In “Morning Light,” writer-director Mark Monroe and editor and co-producer Paul Crowder document the selection of the team, preparation, emotional journey, and adventures on the sea.


Both the Blu-ray Hi-Def and DVD Editions of Morning Light include these exciting bonus features:

• Stories from the Sea with host Jason Earles (“Hannah Montana”)
• ESPN Special: Morning Light – Making the Cut
• Dylan and Cole Sprouse – Blu-ray is Suite! (DVD only)

DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
BLU-RAY Release DATE: June 23, 2009
Pricing: Blu-ray Disc: $39.99 SRP
DVD: $29.99 SRP
Feature run time: 97 minutes
Rated: PG for Some Language (Bonus Materials Not Rated)

Blu-ray Disc
Aspect ratio: 1080ph Hi-Definition (2.35:1)
Sound: English 5.1 DTS –HD 48 kHz/24bit, French 5.1 Dolby Digital
Languages: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles

Aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.85:1) Enhanced for 16X9 Televisions
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Languages: French language track, Spanish and French Subtitles


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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