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To Be Takei DVD Review

To Be Takei DVD

“To Be Takei” is a revealing documentary.

Best known as Sulu from the original “Star Trek” series (or TOS for short), actor George Takei’s life has been nothing if not varied over the past several decades. Between his status as a social media superstar and his advocacy for marriage equality and LGBT rights, George Takei is much more than that guy from “Star Trek” who says “Oh my!” In honor of his extraordinary life, documentary filmmaker Jennifer M. Kroot has decided to give viewers a glimpse into Takei’s personal life via insightful interviews with George and Brad Takei and even co-workers (including William Shatner).

While his acting career in film and TV, his many convention appearances, and sexuality are naturally touched upon, the most interesting segments of “To Be Takei” concern parts of his life that people may not be aware of such as the “Allegiance” musical, the speeches he makes across the country, his horrific past in an internment camp, his family, his political aspirations, and his devoted husband Brad Takei. Yes, the structure of the film may be a bit jumbled at times, but the docu manages to cover a lot of ground here. It certainly succeeds in giving viewers a picture of George Takei the person which is all you can really ask for from this rewarding documentary film.

Note: The “To Be Takei” DVD is available exclusively on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Be-Takei-Amazon-Exclusive/dp/B00MW0CFDG/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1412718870&sr=1-2&keywords=to+be+takei

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? This is a professional looking documentary that contains newly shot footage, stock footage, photos, etc.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The interviews and Takei’s distinctly great voice sound sharp on this 5.1 track.

The only extra features are 16 bonus scenes that include fan encounters, horseback riding, the “Allegiance” musical and much more

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October 7, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , ,

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