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Invictus 2009 Subtitles

This political drama with sports action, is set after the fall of apartheid in Nelson Mandela's first term in office as president. It explores how he used the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was hosted by South Africa, to bring blacks and whites together after decades of violence, mistrust and hatred.

Starring:
Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
Runtime:
2 hours, 8 minutes

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Genres Drama, Sport, Historical
Director Clint Eastwood
Starring Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
Supporting actors Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern, Julian Lewis Jones, Adjoa Andoh, Marguerite Wheatley, Leleti Khumalo, Patrick Lyster, Penny Downie, Sibongile Nojila, Bonnie Henna, Shakes Myeko, Louis Minnaar
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: Blu-ray
This is a great film, and i very much enjoyed it, however this is not a "review" as such but a warning / note of caution to anyone buying this version AFTER June 2011.

The digital copy that comes with this film has a code that Expires on 14/06/2011 which means that you will be unable to transfer the digital copy after this date. I bought my copy on 12th July 2011, I tried it anyway and had the "code is expired" message - no joy in trying get around it either as it connects to the Warner Server to authorise the transer/download. The Warner Bros support site is not much help either as it simply states that the digital copy is a "bonus" and the code should have been redeemed by the cut off date. Aparently this is what Warner do to "reward" people who buy the film early on dvd/blu ray. I have emailed them about it, asking for a new one off code, but again they simply told me it was a bonus that has expired there was nothing they could do and that was that. A bit harsh, but there we go.

So, while you do get the Blu ray and DVD versions of this great film at a pretty good price, you won't (sadly) be getting the digital copy if you buy it from after 15th June 2011 making this a "double play" not "triple play" version.
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Format: DVD
I really enjoyed Invictus. Being a big Rugby fan I was drawn by the fact that the 95 world cup was the backdrop and could remember the building passionate support for the Springboks but of course there was so much more behind it. I though t Morgan Freeman played Mandela superbly and Matt Damon was also good (if you could overlook his size as a supposed International Lock / Flanker). The script was very well written and although Rugby was seen as the link to uniting society, I just wished (as a Rugby fan) the actual game scenes could have been a bit more realistic as they had the feel of a Sunday league match rather than a hard hitting international.
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Format: DVD
Invictus shows how you can make a very enjoyable film that says something about politics while being also about sport, a nation, and individual people, from leader to bit player, all embraced in the sweep of the camera. It is quite an achievement, and uses its budget to inject as much visual life into the story as possible. Air shots, huge crowd views, close-ups of the action, Mandela in private, many bits of conversation of every type, and the South African landscape and vivid colours all go to make up its bright visual style. I don't think I've ever seen sport shot so well, from the point of view of someone who doesn't follow rugby. I know some people object to this aspect, especially those who actually play the game ... but for those of us who don't, and could never survive it, this gives a good idea, keeping well into the action with close-ups and body collisions, and not too much running around seen from a distance, as football always looks on TV (again to someone who isn't into it). You don't need to be into rugby to get caught up in this - but you feel the adrenaline, and the building excitement through this 1995 World Cup. What is particularly good, apart from the excellent balance Clint Eastwood achieves, is the way he shows Mandela to use rugby for very positive political ends, and at the same time to get quite involved as it goes along. You sense the way he sees a chance here, and acts in a very clear-sighted way in opposing many black people who want to see the name Springbok removed because of its past associations. Mandela sees its retention as symbolising forgiveness, of embracing the Afrikaners in the new inclusive vision of South Africa, and overriding any residual resentment.Read more ›
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie centres around the development of a relationship between recently released Nelson Mandela and the captain of the Springbok rugby team, Francois Pienaar and the preparations and winning of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. I was there and well remember the excitement and fantastic impression of Nelson Mandela wearing Francois Pienaar's Springbok jersey at the final. This was typical of the statesmanship which he displayed and did much to win over many previously critical white rugby fans. The movie was inspirational and Morgan Freeman gives a great portrayal of Nelson Mandela.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
"Whilk," said my PE teacher, "you hardly seem to be playing rugby at all. You just wander around the field like some nomad who's lost his camel."

I venture this autobiographical self-indulgence only to demonstrate that you really, really don't need to be a sports fan to enjoy this extraordinary film. What it's fundamentally about is the great Nelson Mandela, and how, released from a quarter-century's imprisonment to save his country from the septic trauma of apartheid, he saw how the Springboks might help to heal South Africa's terrible injury.

The invaluable Matt Damon, surely as reliable a star as any, gives a powerfully eloquent performance as the Springboks' much-burdened captain, but the film is dominated by Morgan Freeman's masterly portrait of the president. A more perfect conjunction of actor and role it's difficult to imagine: this, I feel, is the part Morgan was born to play. The rest of the huge cast is without a weak link, and Clint Eastwood's direction is as assured as I've come to expect, whether capturing minute nuances of character, putting us amidst the violent drama of the rugby pitch, showing us the beauty of Table Mountain and the poverty of a shanty town or celebrating the splendour of a crowd of sixty thousand in an ecstasy of patriotic fervour.

Warner Brothers have done a fine job of preparing their film for blu-ray. Although the picture doesn't quite match the startling sharpness of the very best demonstration discs, neither does it have any grungy grain to complain about, and the audio gives an equally good account of some magnificent music and the thuds and roars of rugby action. The extras are very generous.

This is, I think, as uplifting a film as I can remember. The tale of Mandela's heroism, wisdom and magnanimity is surely one of the most inspiring of our era. I doubt whether anyone could reach the closing credits of this disc without feeling very, very lucky to have watched it.
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