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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [DVD]

Idris Elba , Naomie Harris , Justin Chadwick    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Robert Hobbs, Carl Beukes, Theo Landey
  • Directors: Justin Chadwick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2014
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DHJT34A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom celebrates Nelson Mandela's extraordinary journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his election as President of South Africa. It explores the Mandela unknown to most of the world - the lover of fancy cars, a lady's man, the boxing enthusiast and playboy, the skilful lawyer and a freedom fighter. The film is an intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon.

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
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This much-awaited film has taken years to bring to screen. The makers decided that they would rather not make the film at all, if not done as accurately as possible. Years of painstaking research and attention to detail went into this movie before the cameras even started filming. Sets such as the Soweto street where the Mandela family lived, the Palace of Justice in Pretoria, and the maximum security jail on Robben Island, are so well made that it is difficult to believe that these were not shot on location. The film traces Mandela from boyhood, through to his inauguration as President, in May 1994. Unfortunately,some periods are glossed over while others are paid more attention. The strain on Mandela and his family is a thread that runs throughout.

The result is moving and beautifully rendered, but does not shy away from the horror of apartheid, as well as the flaws of Nelson Mandela himself. Due to the sometimes harrowing scenes, shot for the movie, or through use of actual news footage, this film is not always an easy one to experience. However uncomfortable the truth was, it forms a vital part of the story. We see verbal racial abuse in the streets, and later, brutality dealt to both Nelson and Winnie Mandela. It is interesting how each handles these abuses.

The film opens with valleys bathed in golden light, and there is much beauty throughout the long (2.5 hours) movie. The times are perfectly replicated, with clothing, cars, streets, and buildings all made very specific to the era being shown, right down to an old SA railways logo not seen for decades, in Johannesburg station. Idris Elba and Naomie Harris are spot-on as Nelson and Winnie. Despite not being South Africans, they do not put a foot wrong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film 30 Jun 2014
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What a great movie so glad I bought it very pleased with the price made the weekend entertaining would recomend
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great film 21 Jun 2014
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Having visited Robben Island 'Cape Town where Mr Mandela was held prisoner found this film to be of great interest. Idris Elba played his role brilliantly. An all round brilliant film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film 24 Jun 2014
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I have read the autobiography twice and this film is very true to the book. Idris Elba was brilliant in it as he sounded just like Nelson Mandela. This is a film I will watch again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amandla! 29 Jun 2014
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Great film illustrating the life of the greatest leader of our time - good to show young people that there is always a need to challenge and defy conventional wisdom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Walk to Freedom 23 Jun 2014
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DVD arrived in perfect condition and on time. Excellent film - would definitely recommend viewing. Idris Elba's acting is excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent account of Mandela's life. 23 Jun 2014
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I thought it was an excellent account - particularly of his early life. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my husband.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 30 Jun 2014
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Great film.
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