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12 Years A Slave

(DVD - 2014 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
12 Years A Slave
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The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for twelve years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom.
Title: 12 years a slave
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Publisher not identified],, [2014]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 2.0
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Notes: Title from disc surface.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Special features: "The team", meet the creative minds assembled by the director to bring this story to screen; "The score", follow film composer Hans Zimmer creating his score.
Summary: The harrowing account of a black man, born free in New York State, who was drugged, kidnapped, and sold into slavery in 1841. Having no way to contact his family, and fearing for his life if he told the truth, Solomon Northup was sold from plantation to plantation in Louisiana, toiling under cruel masters for twelve years before meeting Samuel Bass, a Canadian who finally put him in touch with his family, and helped start the process to regain his freedom.
Audience: MPAA rating R for violencecruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality.
Alternate Title: Twelve years a slave
Statement of Responsibility: Regency Enterprises and River Road Entertainment present a River Road, Plan B and New Regency production in association with Film4 ; a film by Steve McQueen ; screenplay by John Ridley ; produced by Brad Pitt [and six others] ; directed by Steve McQueen
Distributor: Beverly Hills, CA :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2014]
Credits: Music by Hans Zimmer ; director of photography, Sean Bobbitt.
Performers: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Batt, Dwight Henry, Dickie Gravois, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Lupita Nyong'o.
System Details: DVD, widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; NTSC, region 1; dual layer; Dolby digital 5.1 (English), Dolby digital 2.0 (Spanish, French), English descriptive audio 2.0.
Other Language: English, Spanish or French dialogue; Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH); English described video; closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Northup, Solomon, 1808-1863? Drama. Slaves United States Drama. African Americans Drama. Plantation life Louisiana History 19th century Drama. Slavery Louisiana History 19th century Drama.
Genre/Form: Feature films.
Fiction films.
Biographical films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Video recordings for people with visual disabilities.
Topical Term: Slaves
African Americans
Plantation life
Slavery
Publisher No: 2288096
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July 20, 2014.....After watching this movie, and as I am also currently reading (The Book Thief) I just felt so discouraged with our human race. It got me to thinking that things like this are still going on in the world today, and it just never seems to end. How horrible we are......I guess there just has to be a devil, what else can explain our need to be so cruel to our fellow humans, or even any other living creature for that matter. Needless to say, I went to bed just a little depressed.

This copy of the DVD 12 Years A Slave was received damaged and unwatchable.

I did not think that I would enjoy this one, but I did. Love the fact that Brad Pitt cast himself as a hero.

Jul 13, 2014
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sound and Very well done DVD movie. I would recommend this movie for all to see.

Jul 13, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. No falling asleep on this DVD!!!!!

Jun 25, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Performances and music was very strong. Honestly I think that ominous music could have been the only sound in the entire movie and it still would have the impact that it does. I can see why this film won the Oscar but, overall, there's probably nothing here that you haven't seen before except for some of the more graphic scenes.

Jun 23, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Well acted. Predictable scenes of abuse & torture, which are hard to watch or comprehend, so be prepared for them. The film displays the Southern thinking of slaves as property or pets, rather than people, better than any other movie. Otherwise, I was disappointed. It was a good movie, but not a great movie.

Jun 19, 2014
  • Staggerwing rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This movie had potential but it was very slow in places.

It was painful to watch the cruelty inflicted by one human onto another.

I found it thought provoking and reminded me of the modern day homeowner's associations where people destroy each other. This movie was about one race treating the other with disrespect and abuse. In the HOAs it's the same mindset but the color of the skin is often the same.

Nobody should ever be treated like this for any reason. It was hard to watch as it should be.

Jun 11, 2014
  • JMGP rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I will remember images from this movie for the rest of my life. What a compelling and tragic tale! Fabulous performances. Fassbender's villain is comparable to Fiennes Nazi in Schindler's List.

Jun 11, 2014
  • waltery rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Add this recent movie to the list of could have been, should have been an exceptional movie...the acting is very good, especially by the main male character but the screen play and flow of the movie is very uneven, boring at times...there have been more superior productions made related to the American slavery period.

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Mar 18, 2014
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Jul 13, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Jul 13, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

May 15, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

from IMDb: Bass: The law says you have the right to hold a xyzger, but begging the law's pardon... it lies. Is everything right because the law allows it? Suppose they'd pass a law taking away your liberty and making you a slave?

Edwin Epps: Ha!

Bass: Suppose!

Edwin Epps: That ain't a supposable case.

Bass: Because the law states that your liberties are undeniable? Because society deems it so? Laws change. Social systems crumble. Universal truths are constant. It is a fact, it is a plain fact that what is true and right is true and right for all. White and black alike.

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