Jun 052014
 

12 Years a Slave

As a mum of four young children I generally only get to watch children’s movies these days (which is fun, don’t get me wrong!), at night there are always chores to be done so I rarely have time to sit down for a ‘grown-up’ movie. On the rare occasion that I do have a free night I don’t want to waste my time, I want a good, interesting, thought provoking, heart touching movie that has me glued to the screen from start to finish and that’s exactly what 12 Years a Slave did:

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This week 12 Years a Slave has been released on DVD and Blu-ray and after seeing several previews I knew I had to see this triple award-winning movie. 12 Years a Slave is based on the memoir Twelve year a slave (1853) written by Solomon Northup and tells the story of how he, a free black man, was abducted, shipped to another state and sold into slavery.

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As he is not able to prove his identity, and therefore his freedom, Solomon (incredibly well played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) now has to work as a slave, enduring the trials and tribulations that many black people had to go through in those days and it is absolutely heartbreaking to see the pain, heartache of so many. I won’t lie, at times it is almost too much to watch the sorrow and despair and I did shed some tears during the movie. On the other hand the hard truth is that this is exactly what life was like for many slaves and it is great history lesson for all of us.

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On his journey and while working in the cotton fields Solomon meets other slaves, including the very memorable Patsey, painfully beautifully portrayed by the very talented Lupita Nyong’o. The torture under the hands of the slave master is daily and for some to much to bear, many of the slaves have no hope for a better future but Solomon himself is determined to not give up hope and clings at every opportunity to reach out to his wife so he can get proof of his freedom and be reunited with his family. Many times his hopes are dashed and over time he learns to be quiet and submissive on the surface but deep down he never gives up.

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After many years in slavery the appearance of a helpful, forward thinking stranger offers a window of opportunity and Solomon asks him for help in getting the documents needed to regain his freedom. Every single person who watches 12 Years a Slave will feel the relief when authorities come to free Solomon, at the same time there is the overwhelming realisation that so many other slaves could not be saved which is incredibly sad.

Wow, just wow. I am still a bit lost for words which doesn’t happen very often. What a powerful story this is, I don’t think anyone can watch this movie without being changed which is proven by the fact that 12 Years a Slave has taken home 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture. It’s a must watch for all.

12 Years a Slave is available on DVD ($39.95) and Blu-ray ($47.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Icon Home Entertainment, to discover the latest releases and to order your favourite titles online visit www.iconmovies.com.au.

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May 102014
 

When you are 3 and 5 years old time is a difficult concept and being patient can be tricky so the past few months haven’t been easy for my girls who missed out on seeing Frozen at the movies. They have cut out and treasured Frozen ads from magazines, admired Frozen dolls and dresses at the shops, circled Frozen toys in catalogues and sung along to Let It Go on the computer, all leading up to last week when Frozen was finally released on Blu-ray and DVD.

Frozen Blu-rayLike many other people I was totally gobsmacked by the enormous success of Frozen when it hit cinemas end of last year; not only is Frozen the most successful Disney animation of all time, it has also taken out multiple awards at the Golden Globe and Academy Award ceremonies. With so many people raving about this amazing movie we were expecting big things and I am glad to say it totally lived up to our expectations.

Frozen tells the story of princesses Anna and Elsa of the kingdom of Arandelle, two sisters who were once best friends but were torn apart by a mysterious secret. Quiet Princess Elsa keeps the castle doors closed and hides away from the world, but outgoing Princess Anna wants to explore, live, dance and meet new people. Everything comes to blow when Princess Anna meets and falls head over heels in love with Prince Hans all in the course of just one day.

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As the older sister Princess Elsa does not approve of this fast paced romance and the argument results in Princess Elsa losing control of her curse and casting a Winter spell on the whole of Arandelle. She flees the scene and hides away in her very own ice castle, thinking this is best for everyone. But Princess Anna doesn’t give up on her sister and is determined to find her, travelling through cold, snow and ice accompanied by new found friends Kristoff, Sven and hilarious snowman Olaf.

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When they finally find Princess Elsa she insists on staying in her ice castle and in the heat of the moment she accidentally strikes Princess Anna in the heart. Slowly but steadily Anna gets colder and colder, only an act of true love can save her now so Kristoff, Sven and Olaf set off to return Princess Anna to the castle to be kissed by Prince Hans.

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Will Anna be saved by Prince Hans or will the much needed warmth come from a totally different source? Sit back and enjoy this chillingly beautiful, truly magical and heart warmingly special journey of love, friendship and a sibling bond that nothing and no one can break.

Frozen is available on DVD ($39.95), Blu-ray ($49.95) and 3D Blu-ray ($59.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about Disney, to discover the latest releases and to order your favourite titles online visit www.disney.com.au.

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