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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [DVD]

Idris Elba , Naomie Harris , Justin Chadwick    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Robert Hobbs, Carl Beukes, Theo Landey
  • Directors: Justin Chadwick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 April 2014
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DHJT34A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111 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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful stuff but left me wanting more 21 Jan 2014
By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Little Nelson Mandela was given the name 'trouble-maker' by his father but all he wanted to do was to make his family proud when he grew up. And he did. He became a lawyer and hoped one day to be wealthy and influential but his goal changed when he was approached by members of the African National Congress, fighting for the same equality and freedom enjoyed by white South Africans. While Mandela (Idris Elba) resisted joining at first, more and more oppressive and restrictive laws targeting blacks only made him change his mind. An articulate and educated speaker, he soon attracted the attention of hundreds of black civilians, as well as the fear and hatred of the white authorities. Charged with terrorism, instead of receiving the death prison which would have made Mandela and fellow political prisoners martyrs, they were imprisoned for life. Who could have guessed that one day he would be freed and elected President of South Africa, a South Africa where apartheid had been abolished?

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) is based on the best selling book Long Walk To Freedom While I haven't read the book, the movie left me wanting more. I wanted more detail about his long years held prisoner, about the treatment he received during that time, how he coped with such appalling conditions for the longest part of 27 years. I wanted to know more of the behind-the-scenes pressure on the authorities to release him, how he managed to be a political influence even from behind bars, and the extent of his wife, Winnie's (Naomie Harris), involvement in the Soweto riots and his release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YOU ALONE ARE SMALL. YOUR PEOPLE ARE MIGHTY, 22 Dec 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The film covers from the time Mandela (Idris Elba) was a child entering manhood to his election. It touches on problems in his personal life, including infidelity. It touches on tire necklaces. It ignores much of the pressure brought on by the international community.

I liked the acting. At 2 1/2 hours, the film weighs on you as you watch it. Mandela in prison struggling to get long pants while international boycotts go unmentioned. Granted this was not a documentary about the movement, but a bio of Mandela. Still I felt his significance on the world front was diminished. From a human point of view, I liked the film "Winnie Mandela" with Jennifer Hudson better than this one.

The theme, You alone are small, your people are mighty, was mentioned a couple of times, but the film didn't make any great lengths to demonstrate it. A better theme would have been one of forgiveness, something mentioned in the film. Mandela's involvement in the 1995 Rugby World Cup I think would have made a better ending, driving home the point of unity and forgiveness.

Parental Guide: No sex, people undressing as if to have sex. No nudity, prison men in underwear. Maybe an F-bomb of two, hard to tell with accents. 3 1/2 stars
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Wow! What a great deep moving film this is. The journey of a young man trying to put a stop to apartheid that had taken place for many years. Well acted and well executed throughout the whole film. Very thought provoking and very much clutches at the heartstrings. I for one welled up with emotion as the film progressed. This film offers a strong glimpse as to what it must have been like being imprisoned for so long and constantly being teased and tormented by the prison officers and Nelson Mandela very rarely buckling under the strain, eventually leading to some kind of mutual respect from both sides. Idris Elba comes across very well as Nelson Mandela, and supporting cast very much add to the spirit of the film.Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [Blu-ray + UV Copy]
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