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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 (113 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 (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DHJT34A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380 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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54 of 58 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Bio Than Pic 3 Aug 2014
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Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom (2013) directed by Justin Chadwick

A biopic that was more bio than pic. The great man’s life is of course inspiring enough without needing much drama added, but I was again reminded in watching this that real life is much messier than stories. Mandela’s story is already more mythologised than understood and this film didn’t really do much to add detail beyond the patina of saintliness the great man has. Whilst is showed the horror of apartheid, the Soweto massacre for example, grittily enough, it glossed over some of the more humanising elements of Mandela’s story.

Mandela was portrayed as a legend in his own life-time but the terrible misery of those days in prison, the hopelessness and the pain he must have suffered weren’t well conveyed. In their place we saw an almost inhumanly serene Mandela, being all Yoda and Buddhist-like, which of course he certainly became in later days, but his low points, his humanity, was lost in this portrayal. The fires of bitter experience which forged his ultimately pragmatic decision to focus on forgiveness and reconciliation and renounce the armed struggle were not well conveyed in this film, which was mostly about adding gloss to an already shiny memorial (it was rushed out within weeks of the announcement of the man's death.)

For my generation Mandela was a mysterious figure, glimpsed via the images on colourful posters of him at his 1960s trial until he quite literally walked to freedom in February 1990. I remember watching it on TV and being aware that this was the pavement of history landing loudly in front of my eyes.
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
brilliant
Published 3 minutes ago by Mark Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film thoroughly enjoyable
Brilliant film thoroughly enjoyable. Seems good quality d v d
Published 13 hours ago by Gm Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Excellent all round.
Published 1 day ago by carmelo barberi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
A brilliant film showing a real insight into the fight of the black people in south africa
Published 3 days ago by Mrs. M. J. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice tribute to Mr Mandela
Great. Especially if you want to brush up your general knowledge of Mr Mandela.
Published 3 days ago by Kavita Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing depiction of the life of a truly great man
An amazing depiction of the life of a truly great man. Idris Elba should be proud of his portrayal of Mandela. Read more
Published 5 days ago by G Awadzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film
Good film - would re-watch it - which is always a good measure
Published 6 days ago by Mr. John Maslen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Film but DVD didn't play well
Bought as a gift. Film was good but when DVD played it got to the last few frames and jumped back to the middle of the film. Tried again thing.
Published 7 days ago by Quest Seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As good as the book.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs Pamela Beard
1.0 out of 5 stars Mandela movie - missed opportunity.
This is a terrible film. It has a stilted direction and simplistic script, it does not convey the power or historical impact of Nelson Mandela's life on his own country and the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. R. G. Hill
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