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19th March 2014 18:00:00
Posted by Mike Sutton

12 Years a Slave comes to Blu-Ray and DVD in May

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Steve McQueen’s universally acclaimed masterpiece portraying an unflinching account of slavery and the power of hope is the most important film this year. Having dazzled the critics and won an amazing 130 awards so far this season, the unmissable true story of Solomon Northup 12 YEARS A SLAVE, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 12 May 2014.

12 YEARS A SLAVE features incredibly powerful performances from an award winning and talented cast bringing this historical memoir alive. BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee for his career defining performance as unbreakable Solomon Northup is Chiwetel Ejiofor; Michael Fassbender stars as ferocious and cruel Edwin Epps; Benedict Cumberbatch plays hostile plantation owner Ford; Paul Dano is ruthless bully John Tibeats; Sarah Paulson stars as malicious Mistress Epps; Paul Giamatti is the unfeeling Freeman; Brad Pitt plays free thinker Bass; and Lupita Nyong’o stars in her Academy-Award® winning and breakout role as victimised Patsey.

12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on the memoir and slave narrative of Solomon Northup which tells an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty personified by a malevolent slave owner, (Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Pitt) forever alters his life.

Also boasting an experienced and artistic crew whose talents have been recognised globally. Oscar winner John Ridley for his adapted screenplay of this astonishing story; BAFTA nominated for Cinematography Sean Bobbit; BAFTA nominated for Best Original Score Hans Zimmer; Academy-Award® nominee Patricia Norris for her incredible Costume Design and Adam Stockhausen nominated for an Academy-Award® for his achievement in Production Design.

Don’t miss the extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup as 12 YEARS A SLAVE arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on 12 May 2014, and is available to pre-order NOW.

Special Features

The Team
The Score
A Historical Portrait Documentary (BD only)
Discovering the book
Meet Solomon
Re-Creating an Era
Portraying Slavery
Legacy
Filmmaking Achievement
Interviews with Steve McQueen, John Ridley and other behind the scenes talent
About Mike Sutton
Mike has been reviewing DVDs and, latterly, Blu-Rays for this site on and off since June 1999. He is willing to review anything and everything but his first loves are American movies from the 1960s to the 1980s, Sam Peckinpah, Brian De Palma, Westerns, and Horror. His main contribution, however, is to sharply raise the average age of the reviewing staff.


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