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Amistad

by JC Alvarez
Tuesday May 13, 2014
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Steven Spielberg masterfully continues to tell the stories of our world history that reveal more and more about the fabric of our own humanity. "Amistad" is a masterpiece and unforgettably portrays the lives of a group of enslaved Africans who take over the ship "La Amistad", and are charged with murder when the ship is seized and returned to the United States. A legal battle begins that grabs the attention of the entire country -- a United States still wrestling with its identity after the abolition of slavery.

Released on Blu-ray, the film is beautifully photographed and was nominated in 1997 for Best Cinematography. It is also notably the premiere film released under the then new Dreamworks Pictures that was partnered alongside Spielberg. "Amistad" is considered a remarkable achievement in film, and brought together one of the most acclaimed cast in the modern cinema, including Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey (before his Oscar winning turn) and introduced Djimon Hounsou. Co-produced by Debbie Allen, "Amistad" presents an unmatched authenticity in filmmaking, elevating the production to an entirely new level.

This is a story for the ages that can’t soon be forgotten and deserves to be revisited again and again, lest we allow ourselves to make the same mistakes in a foreseeable future. "Amistad" bravely tackles equality among men, and the price of earning respect to be recognized on the merits of our individual value as a human being.

Presented in high definition, DTS-HD Master Audio, the Blu-ray presentation is accompanied with a "Making Of..." special feature that brings the viewer on set and behind the camera with Spielberg as he realizes this incredible story of the human spirit. "Amistad" is an essential part of any great American film fan’s collection, and it is available now on Blu-ray.

"Amistad" is available on Blu-ray for $24.99

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".

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