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Selma Blu-ray Review

Selma Blu-ray

“Selma” is every bit as powerful as you’ve heard it is.

Instead of being an all encompassing biopic about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Selma” is about a period of his life in 1965. The story focuses on MLK fighting for black citizens to have the right to vote without question, restriction, or discrimination. As we all know from history, MLK and a group of activists take their fight to Selma, Alabama where they set out to embark on a march to Montgomery, Alabama. The film takes an unflinching look at the hostile and brutal obstacles the freedom fighters encountered during their inspiring quest.

Even though “Selma” includes certain biopic clichés as well as some historically inaccurate material, it doesn’t affect the film at all. “Selma” is not a documentary and, as such, creative liberties can be taken in order to tell a story. That’s precisely what director Ava DuVernay and writer Paul Webb have done here and it works exceedingly well. Not only have the duo created an extremely important motion picture, but they’ve crafted a moving and relevant film about race, peace, equality, bravery, and rights. It may be a film about the past, but it still has much to say about the now.

Not to be forgotten here is actor David Oyelowo who gives a truly incredible performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. As strong as the writing and directing is, Oyelowo does the heavy lifting. He’s the heart and soul of this cinematic work.


Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? A perfect hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound? Between the crisp music and the dialogue, you can’t ask for a better audio track than this.

* DVD copy and Digital HD copy.
* A music video for Common and John Legend’s powerful Oscar winning song “Glory.”
* 6 deleted and extended scenes.
* 2 commentary tracks. The first one has Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo. The two chat about creative decisions, sets, freedom fighters, stories from the sets, etc. This commentary has Ava DuVernary, Bradford Young and Spencer Averick and is a much more talkative and laidback track.
* “The Road To Selma”- This is essentially an extra about the pre-production process and how everything came together.
* “Recreating Selma”- A featurette about the period recreation, the cinematography style, location shooting, and key historical sequences.
* “Historical”- A 5 minute collection of newsreels and stills.
* “Selma Student Tickets: Donor Appreciation”- A tribute to those who supported the Selma Student Ticket Inititiative
* “National Voting Rights Museum and Institute”- A tour of the museum.
* “Selma Discussion Guide”- A textual extra that covers the film and its historical content.

April 29, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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