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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DHJT34A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373 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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4.6 out of 5 stars

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Close Range. on 30 Nov. 2013
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Suseyq on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 May 2014
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The film is faithfully adapted from 'Nelson Mandela's' account of his experiences.
The story takes us from his childhood into manhood, tells of his loves and failed
early marriage, and on to his romance and marriage to 'Winnie'
Still a young man he becomes interested in 'Civil-Rights' movement A.N.C. his
life up to that point, as was the case with the majority of 'Native' South Africans,
was as a second-class-citizen under the rule of a 'White' Government who
enforced 'Aparthied'
He soon became seen as a leading figure in the movement and was seen as a
threat to the ruling authorities.
Following a campaign of disruptive activity 'Nelson' along with several other members
of the movement were sought, captured and brought to trial.
The sentence could easily have been 'death' however probably because of world
opinion, and not wishing to have the prisoners seen as Martyrs they were condemned
to life imprisonment.
They were taken to 'Robben island' in 1964 and had to tolerate inhuman living conditions,
hard labour, and abuse at first from the guards.
It was never intended that the prisoners would ever be released, however after 18 years
they were moved to a prison on the mainland where, conditions were a little better.
World-Wide opinion couple with trade sanctions eventually persuaded the government
of South Africa to reappraise the situation.
'Nelson Mandela' had served some 27 years of imprisonment, now the authorities were
talking to him.
Although he had many bitter thoughts and memories, 'Nelson Mandela' knew he would
have to approach the future with caution and send out a message of conciliation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Lorenz on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Feb. 2015
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Five INTENSE Stars! "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is a movie that cannot encompass the entire life of Nelson Mandel and the origins of the brutal apartheid issue, so it focuses on Nelson Mandela from the time he became interested in politics, met Winnie Mandela, and accelerated the anti-apartheid activities of the African National Party (ANC). It contains two powerful performances: by Idris Elba who delivers a faithful representation of the voice, cadence, and mannerisms of Mandela, and by Naomie Harris as Winnie with an equally-potent performance. Along the way of the movie, there is the Robben Island incarceration, the Winnie's solitary confinement, long trousers, Thembi's fate, the compassionate prison guard, Pollsmoor Prison, the long process of Mandela's release, the actions of President De Klerk, and Mandela's ascendancy to President of the Republic of South Africa. This is a great feat of movie making showing the eventual victory of forgiveness. My Highest Recommendation. Five POWERFUL Stars. (Directed by Justin Chadwick. Rated: PG-13. Time- 2:25)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. W. S. M. Dean on 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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