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Lumumba [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Eriq Ebouaney , Alex Descas , Raoul Peck    DVD
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  • Actors: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Sowié, Maka Kotto, Dieudonné Kabongo
  • Directors: Raoul Peck
  • Writers: Raoul Peck, Dan Edelstein, Pascal Bonitzer
  • Producers: Arlette Zylberberg, Diana Elbaum, Georges Goldenstern, Jacques Bidou
  • Format: Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French, Lingala
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00006LPHL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,125 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, meagre history 9 Oct 2009
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Cinematographically well-crafted, judiciously cast, superbly acted, sensitively and intelligently scripted and directed by the brilliant Raoul Peck (who also wrote and directed "Sometimes in April", probably the best film yet made on the Rwandan genocide), the film dramatically snapshots an important and defining moment in the history of the Congo. Eriq Ebouaney's persuasive performance in the role of Patrice Lumumba is especially impressive.

Film, however, is often a poor medium for representing the depths and intricacies of history: there's only so much one can pack into 115 minutes. And this is where the film sadly flounders: while for those who know the history the film serves as a dramatic and recognizable--yet elliptical--synopsis, for those who know little of the decolonization of the Congo the film will be a poor surrogate for books such as Ludo de Witte's "The Assassination of Lumumba". My advice would be to read first, watch the film only afterwards.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get the subtitled Special Edition version 31 Oct 2003
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First off, Lumumba is an exciting, dramatic film that I recommend very highly.
However, this version of the DVD in addition to being dubbed into English, is censored in at least one place. Toward the end, at a moment crucial to a historical understanding of the role of other countries (including the U.S.) in sealing Lumumba's fate, the name of the United States official is actually beeped out on the soundtrack. Why? Did it have something to do with this being the version aired on HBO?
Of course, it's possible that there are other instances of censorship on this DVD that I'm unaware of.
I'd recommend getting the subtitled Special Edition. The price isn't THAT much more and it has some good special features that make the higher price worth it.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, not just about Zaire/Congo. DVD quality moderate. 1 May 2004
By soularmotion - Published on
Although it's quite likely that some artistic liberty has been taken with the facts, I viewed this with my "general state of affairs of colonialized African countries" goggles.
In that regard, it's a gripping tale that shows some of the horrible footprints left behind by colonialism mixed with other pre-existing tribal aspects of the local societies, not to mention the Cold War. That indictment is what stood out when I watched it, and it's eye-opening for those who've not lived in Africa.
Since this is a review of the DVD, and not just the movie, my only disappointment is that those of us with HDTV/widescreen capable TVs/projectors will notice the poor quality of this DVD. I watched Lumumba for the first time at a film festival a couple of years ago, and was looking forward to having a good quality copy on DVD.
Unfortunately, it's been *letterboxed* to shrink the widescreen format into a 4:3 frame. I wish they had used a true anamorphic widescreen transfer that would make fuller use of a 16:9 aspect ratio/resolution. In that sense the cover text "luminous new widescreen transfer" is misleading.
At least the Special Edition is subtitled, and not dubbed or censored (from what I've read of the other version), so that's one plus for this specific edition of the DVD.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A part of African history everyone should know about 25 Jan 2005
By All Things Good - Published on
I enjoyed this movie very much. Accoring to most available literature, this movie is historically accurate. Peck is a well respected director and seems to have done a good job presenting the truth. Lumumba is an icon in African history and he represents the hope and optimism of post-colonial Africa. His death was a tragedy and it leads us to wonder "What if...". This is an important chapter in modern African history and we are lucky that such a well-made movie has helped tell this story to the world.

PS. Frank Carlucci's (the second secretary in the U.S. embassy in Kinshasa at the time) name is bleeped out in some versions because his lawyers pressured the film's distributors to remove all reference to him. He of course denies involvement in the assassination of Lumumba. Peck has stated that he has strong reason to believe his movie to be accurate.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE 180-MINUTE VERSION!!! 24 Jun 2007
By riccotto - Published on
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Despite what it says in the advertisement, this DVD is NOT the full 180-minute version of "Lumumba." In fact, at 109 minutes, this version is actually six minutes shorter than the "Special Edition," (also Region 1), that is listed at 115 minutes. The sleeve for this version also claims to have an English-language soundtrack, but it does not. It does have English-language subtitles to go with the French soundtrack, however. The sleeve for this version claims that it its aspect ration is 1:2.35, but that does not appear to be true, either--the aspect ratio appears to be 1:1.85, the same as the Special Edition. Because the Special Edition contains many extras--including excepts from R. Peck's excellent documentary "Lumumba: Death of a Prophet," it is clearly the better choice for anyone who wants to purchase a DVD of this film right now. Ideally, however, we should press for a release of the full 3-hour version of this film, preferably packaged together with the FULL documentary "Lumumba: Death of a Prophet." Now THAT would be a package worth paying extra for! The 2 stars above reflect the several misrepresentations associated with this particular DVD release, not the film itself, which is very good, albeit in this version in an unnecessarily truncated form.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important subject matter, a bit hard to follow 18 Jun 2004
By a francophile - Published on
I would recommend this film, but couched in the warning that I found it a bit hard to follow. There are a lot of characters - the various political figures - and sometimes it's hard to keep them all straight. It's definitely important subject matter though - an interesting glimpse into the colonial forces that shaped modern Africa and the struggles that continue today in many of its troubled nations.
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