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Cry Freedom [DVD] [Region 1] [NTSC]

 Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Japanese, English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000QWX22
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,302 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sir Richard Attenborough (Gandhi) directs this semi-successful drama about the relationship between South African black activist Steven Biko and a sympathetic newspaper editor (Kevin Kline). Attenborough's typical sweep of the life and times of Biko is particularly rewarding in the first half of the film, but once the leader comes to his untimely end at the hands of white police, the story shifts entirely to Kline's character and the latter's efforts to escape the country with his family. That change is a tactical error in the script that robs the film of its initial power and makes the arguably unfortunate choice of emphasizing the destiny of a white character when Biko himself deserved an entire feature for his story and causes. --Tom Keogh

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very powerful film 29 Mar 2001
By siege_b
Format:VHS Tape
This is a very powerful film, based on a very powerful book, that will leave you asking the tough questions about governments and racial relationships. Kevin Kline plays Donald Woods, the editor who indergoes a change of opinion and a change of character (from someone who thinks they believe in what's right, to someone who's willing to act on what he knows is right) and Denzel Washington never looks less than dignified as the great activist Steve Biko. The death of Biko, and Woods' escape from South Africa are just two of the images that will stay with you long after watching the movie, and the acting is so superb it is easy to forget that these are two American actors with affected accents. See it. It will do you good.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and instense 31 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I have never provided reviews for films or CDs or any other service. However for this film, I will make an exception because it's deserving of it. In short, this film made me cry each of the two times I have watched it. This isn't meant to be especially unique even for a guy, but I questioned and in fact feared whether the film would have the same impact on me the second time I watched it and amazingly it did. Thing is, the film simply reaches a climax at the very end that will be very hard for anyone not to be touched by. It's a great story about 1 man's bravery and fight for justice. Clearly we know of another more prominent figure in South Africa who showed all these qualities including great leadership, but Biko had these too. Fantastic performance by Kevin Klein and Denzel Washington. I wish there had been more about the life of Stephen Biko.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class 20 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is an excellent and important film about fighting the despicable prejudice of the apartheid regime in South Africa. At the time it was made there was a little bit of criticism that Attenborough had chosen to focus on the white character, Donald Woods, rather than the black character Steve Biko. This was missplaced. His film is about the need for liberal-minded people to ask themselves whether they are doing enough to combat tyranny. It traces the personal journey of Woods from the position of priviliged liberal to a more advanced and outspoken oppositon to the South African government. Besides, it would be untrue to claim that the black characters are not fully developed here. We get a clear sense of where Biko is coming from and why his struggle was so important. Obviously the film is a militant film, but what's wrong with that, when what you're militating against is something so blatantly unjust as apartheid? The film is well-made, well-written and a moving experience. You also get a glimpse of the physical beauty of that part of the world, even though the film was actually shot in Zimbabwe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish quality 12 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Rubbish copy of what is a decent film.
Tiny little letterbox picture that doesn't seem to transfer to any screen size very well, plus the audio is strange - seems to be a badly dubbed audio track that is slightly out of sync which is very distracting.
Hopefully there will be a blu-ray soon because the quality of this DVD is very poor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great film, disappointing picture 17 May 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Basically, this is a great film, very underrated. However, viewing pleasure is somewhat spoiled by the letter box format. I really can't understand how the makers of this DVD could imagine this format would do it justice. Disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay a bit dated 27 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It was alright but had too many gaps in the story left unanswered but quite enjoyable and exciting at times
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good subject 16 Jan 2014
By John
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I remembered seeing it at the cinema years ago, and it moved me, thought it was worth buying, but it proved not as good as I remembered it. My fault,
John.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cry Freedom 2 May 2011
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Saw this at the cinema when it first came out. I enjoyed it nearly as much second time around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cry Freedom CD DVD.
The above item was exultant.
Published 18 hours ago by Nicholas T Mac Kellar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful dvd and service fine
Published 2 days ago by Eileen Pratt
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
poor storyline
Published 21 days ago by G. Ashall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good thank you
Published 2 months ago by chris allison
4.0 out of 5 stars Denzel is awesome
Great movie , well worth a watch especially if you have recently watched Mandela. Kevin Kline also puts in a very strong performance. Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. F. Charleton
2.0 out of 5 stars like seeing one episode from a TV docudrama miniseries
I remember the hype about this when it was in the cinemas but did see it back then. I was very disappointed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K Halifax
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable
We couldn't watch it as I didn't realise it was US import.
How can I send it back please advise ?
Published 3 months ago by Kelly Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
if it were fiction it would still be brilliant. and yet it is based on a true story. remarkable. highly recommended.
Published 5 months ago by michael crawshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Cry Freedom
What a great film, and true to the story, a truly must see for everyone of all ages, Highly recommend.
Published 5 months ago by Tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Cry Freedom
I saw this several years ago when it came out in VHS mode. It is such a powerful film that I felt I needed to see it again. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. Mckee
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