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Invictus (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

Matt Damon , Morgan Freeman , Clint Eastwood    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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The Invictus Blu-ray special features include an exhaustive "picture-in-picture" option that shows background on the film's production while you're looking at the relevant section in the movie itself; comments come from members of the filmmaking team as well as some of the real-life folks involved in the true story. "Mandela Meets Morgan" (shouldn't that be the other way around?) is a half-hour making-of that includes irresistible footage of Morgan Freeman going to meet the man everybody told him he should play someday, along with Nelson Mandela's delighted response. Freeman confides about his own nervousness, "OK, you're in the presence of greatness--what do you say?" We also learn that the film's single most powerful scene, a visit to the cell Mandela occupied for so many years, was shot on location; a replica had been built on a sound stage to allow for greater camera movement, but Clint Eastwood wisely nixed that idea. "Matt Damon Plays Rugby" is a seven-minute look at Damon's preparation for his athletic role, including his relationship with real-life counterpart François Pienaar. There's also a 22-minute excerpt from Richard Schickel's feature-length doc, The Eastwood Factor, that follows Clint around the Warner back lot. It's all appropriate background stuff for fans of Eastwood's calm, dignified film. --Robert Horton

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4.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood shoots. Eastwood scores. Dec 12 2011
During his 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela regularly turned to a poem Called Invictus, and found profound inspiration.

During his time as President he continued to turn to this poem, and knowing it by heart, wrote it out long hand, and to the Captain of the Sprinboks passed it, who found profound inspiration.

During my life, I found profound inspiration in Nelson Mandela, and if a man can live in the unfair divided regime called apartheid, can spend so much time in prison, and emerge wise instead of rancorous, and can become president of a nation so divided, it raises the bar of human possibility, and inspires us to do better. If Mandela can solve the unsolvable problems of South Africa, if the Berlin Wall can fall, then cannot my own country's problem be solved, could there be peace in Nothern Ireland. All of these things which once seemed impossible have come to pass.

And Invictus the movie invites us to see Mandela in elegant action, uniting a divided nation, averting civil unrest and civil war, reviving the sport of apartheid (rugby), saving the Springboks from being disbanded, and playing a pivotal role in inspiring their triumphs.

Clint and Morgan, between them have won numerous Academy Awards on their previous collaborations. Morgan Freeman won best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby playing Clint's sidekick, and played Clint's sidekick in Unforgiven.

Morgan Freeman impresses as Mandela, who he knows personally, and does an outstanding job. As much if not more is conveyed through a nod, a gesture and a facial expression than through words. Matt Damon impresses as the Rugby Captain. Having played rugby myself, he totally convinces in his body language and movement as a rugby player.
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By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
I have very little time for politicians, I'm not a fan of rugby, and I know very little about South Africa. However, I do think that Clint Eastwood makes a lot of important films, and I enjoy the acting of Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. That's why I decided to watch Invictus when it was released on Blu-ray four years ago.

Mandela was occasionally in the news during my childhood, but events happening on another continent meant very little to me as a young boy. As an adult, I have come to appreciate people who sacrificed much of their lives in an attempt to change the way people think. If you connected with Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, try to imagine a similar scenario in the modern world.

Mandela campaigned against apartheid, and was imprisoned for his actions in 1963. He spent 18 of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island, where he contracted tuberculosis. As I write this review, he's in hospital with pneumonia at the age of 94.

Invictus shows some of the challenges faced by Mandela when he became South Africa's first black president in 1994. He defied expectations at every turn. An early scene gives us a clue about the man as he calls together his staff. Some of them are white, and expecting to be fired, but Mandela urges them to stay and continue to serve their country. He wants to forgive those who imprisoned him, and those who hate black South Africans. He realized that he was in a position to lead by example, and that it wasn't the time to settle old scores. Freeman's portrayal provides insight into Mandela's character, and shows us why he was loved by the people with whom he interacted.

Racism is one of the most dangerous things in existence, and I believe that it will always be with us in some form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Watch! May 2 2014
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Invictus is a solid movie about Rugby, and acceptance to change. Covering the story of Nelson Mandela's release and electioral win. Then to bring a nation together in one of the biggest sporting events!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy Jan. 22 2014
By brenda
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Thankyou again .. This too was a movie that I have been looking for for a long time. The stores in town probably have them if you have the time or desire to dig through bins of movies hoping to find the one you want. I wouldn't be bothered with that. Much easier to send a request to you and have it show up at my door..
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you lived through the era - own this Dec 19 2013
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Hailing from SA and having attended most of the matches depicted, the movie is a surprisingly accurate representation of a snapshot of time. Damon does well with his portrayal of Francois, and Morgan Freeman really nails the essence of the late Nelson Mandela. I wanted to hate it - but the opposite is true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good movie not really great but ..liberating Dec 15 2012
When we watch a film like this for those who dont know of nelson mandela we try to get a sense of him..for really he is really the only person of interest in this film..no one else either white or black strikes are fancy at all of any interest, not his family, or those family who broke from him when he was in prison, and the prison experience is a prison like no other. The prison experience is an experience like no other and this person develops a prophet like experience, and many of the large group in his organization, dont particularly like him or his approach to government, but he is largely too influential and well known, and they know once he leaves office they will have their chance to govern. This is part of the ANC and certainly like much of the lowerclass of africa were ideologues which he is not, and there's a difference in their views. Though the film doesnt much delve into this, but the white population does have much control of the society, which the details in terms of money and what it can accomplish, but there's also another point to this reaching out? We know of him, his life, his attitude, his poetry and religion,
due to the powerful whites in other countries, otherwise the ANC may still not be in power today, and thats why they dont say much to him? Its the white population in other countries and the influence, which cause change and the film largely explores through the idea of a rugby match what the future of that country will be post apartheid?
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