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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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Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbener, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.
Title: 12 years a slave
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 134 minutes) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in
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 ; produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas ; screenplay by John Ridley ; directed by Steve McQueen
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2013
Based on the book Twelve years a slave by Solomon Northup
Special features: The Team; The Score; Sneak peeks
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbener, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama 12
Distributor: Beverly Hills, California :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2014]
Credits: Music, Hans Zimmer ; editor, Joe Walker ; director of photography, Sean Bobbitt.
Performers: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard.
System Details: DVD, NTSC region 1, dual layer, widescreen (2.40:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1, surround Dolby Digital 2.0
Other Language: In English (Dolby Digital 5.1), dubbed Spanish or dubbed French (surround Dolby Digital 2.0); Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH); English descriptive audio track for people with visual disabilities (5.1)
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
Historical 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 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
2288097 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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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.


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

Jul 24, 2014
  • libbyo4 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I am very glad that I saw this movie,but with that said, it was an average movie,not great. The scenes were disturbing in it's cruelty and injustice.

Jul 23, 2014
  • gregarioushermit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing, brutal, wonderful movie that everyone should see. Also, read the book. It should receive 10 stars for the courage to share this story.

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.

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.

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Mar 18, 2014
  • karenw32 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

karenw32 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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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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