Selma on Combo Pack

Category: Blu-ray's and DVD's

slemaThe highly acclaimed movie Selma is now available on a Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital HD combo pack. The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. in this dramatic telling of the events in 1965 that led to the voting rights act.


The film is a dramatized version of the events fifty years ago when King led his followers through the turbulent times in an effort to persuade President Johnson to put forth a Voting Rights Act, which eventually was realized, giving black people access to voter registration. The times were tough, the emotions were high, and nerves were raw.


The small Alabama town of Selma was the flashpoint for the Voting Rights legislation. King and his non-violent movement decided it was the optimum locale. Eventually, after a couple attempts for a peaceful march from Selma to Montgomery, King and the marchers were successful, thanks to Judge Frank Johnson’s court order allowing the march to proceed.


Ava DuVernay directed this biographical film with a purpose. Selma became a congregating place for people of all colors and religions who believed in the cause of non-violence and the rights of all to peacefully march in support of a belief. Due to the events in Selma, the Voting Rights Act was created and signed into law.


The movie is based on the people and events of the time. However, as with every film that is not a documentary, it does take some dramatic license, which is something explained in one of the bonus features. The bonus features on this combo pack are just as interesting if not more interesting than the movie. The historical newsreels show the actual events as they happened, which is something not even the best filmmakers can recreate. There’s nothing like seeing the real footage. In a “making of” feature titled “The Road to Selma,” the film and the events are described as a “tapestry of dignity and determination.” There are many bonus features, which highlight the people of the civil rights movement and add more depth to the film. The bonus features should definitely be seen by anyone interested in the movie and history.


This movie should spark the minds of people to delve deeper into the lives of some of those represented in the film: Judge Frank M. Johnson, Andrew Young, Ralph Abernathy, and more. These were people who affected history. While the spotlight of the film is on King, there were many others in the non-violent movement and many in high office who worked tirelessly for justice.


Besides the combo pack, Selma is also available on a single DVD. Selma is rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including violence, a suggestive moment, and brief strong language.


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