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Amistad [Blu-ray] [1997] [US Import]


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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Matthew McConaughey, Djimon Hounsou, Nigel Hawthorne, Morgan Freeman
  • Format: Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 May 2014
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I0VTQSI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,159 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Amistad was released in the UK cinema just a few months before Saving Private Ryan. The hype surrounding Ryan, Spielberg and Dreamworks at the time seemed to overshadow the fact that Dreamworks first Spielberg film, Amistad had been released. This could account for the relatively modest numbers of bums on seats. Which is a crying shame. Whilst Amistad may not have the shattering impact of Schindler's List or Saving Private Ryan, this is great Spielberg film-making, full of moments of magical cinema. Based on the true story of a slaves revolt on the ship Amistad, subsequent capture and trial in America, the script provides the all-start cast ample opportunity to flex their jaw-muscles. Particularly outstanding is the performance of Djimon Hounsou one of the slaves struggling for freedom. Overall this is one of the best films of the late 90s - if you didn't get to see it at the cinema, catch up with it now on video.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Feb 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Most reviewers either seemed to love or hate this film. I ended up somewhere in the middle, hence the three stars.
At its best, "Amistad" reminds us that the evil of slavery caused terrible suffering to real people and that its abolition was one of the greatest achievements of the nineteenth century. In a world where there are still pockets of slave commerce, it is a reminder of how serious this evil is. The re-creation of a Portugese slave ship and the horrors inflicted on its victims was very well done, and to me the most powerful sequence in the film was that where chained slaves are dragged over the side to drown due to the crew miscalculating the amount of supplies required for the crossing.
At its worst the film contained some sequences which appeared to be overly artificial. Anthony Hopkins is an excellent actor, but there is something unconvincing about his portrayal of John Quincey Adams - it just seemed too saccharine. As I am not familiar with the details of the actual court case I cannot say anything with authority, but the version in the film seemed rather formulaic - hopeless case gains unexpected triumph at hands of struggling young lawyer (seems a bit familiar), then there is a reversal of fortunes, but triumph in the end. The scene of the destruction of the slavers' base in Sierra Leone seemed rather tagged on the end, but did at least give a pleasant reminder that for once the British were on the side of the angels and morally ahead of those nasty colonials who did not stop trading human lives for money until forced to.
Bottom line? There are a lot of third rate movies out there and this is definitely not one of those. It is a film that is worth the time to watch, but I had hoped for better.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Mar 2008
Format: DVD
Amistad is a true story about an 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards North America. It is a story in the period when new slaves were illegal, but trading in slaves that were already slaves, was allowed. With a powerful all-star cast including Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins and Matthew McConaughey, it is a story that will grip your heart and move your spirit. Much of the story takes place in a courtroom drama about the free-man who led the revolt, and deals with questions of freedom, humanity and dignity.

The movie, though slow moving, is intense, and the drama builds as many groups claim the slaves as their property. This story is truly gripping and a story of extreme importance in understanding our own history. This lesser-known Spielberg film is truly a must see.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maffyew on 6 Dec 2006
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this film. The historical representations of the different nations and races I think are very accurate too. Slavery was a brutal trade and I think this film encapsulates the ferocity of its methods very well. It had me moved quite a few times with excellent performances from Matthew McConaughey and even more so, Djimon Hounsou. As mentioned in previous reviews, there are a number of movie cliche`s, most obvious, the struggling young lawyer who wins a major case. Also, certain scenes seemed to be over edited. Cinque`s testimony didnt seem as if it was all there. However, a great watch which really grabs your enthusiasm as well as your sympathy on many occasions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Uscroft on 30 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
`Amistad' is an uncomfortable reminder of a fact that many Americans would like to ignore. That having supposedly overthrown the oppressive rule of King George III on the grounds that "All men are created equal," (with I might add, massive support from the Despotic Monarchy of France,) the `Evil' British Empire banned slavery decades before they did. That Abraham Lincoln only banned slavery and fought the Civil War because it was a hindrance to trade with that Empire. And that even now, America is a Nation of Democracy and Freedom for everyone, as long as they are rich, Protestant, speak English and most importantly, are white.

In the words of Anthony Hopkins, playing the role of John Quincy Adams as he defends the man who fought and killed to free himself and the rest of the Spaniard's `Property,' "If he were white and his oppressors had been British, he would not be able to stand for the weight of medals we would pin upon his chest"

Having been born in Hull and visited the William Wiberforce Museum on many occasions, I can say for certain that in this film, the recreation of the abuse and murder of slaves taken from Africa is more compelling than a thousand museum exhibits. And before they continue spreading their hypocritical dream of `Freedom & Democracy' across the world, the Americans should first admit the truth about their terrible past.
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