Review: The Help – Available on Blue- Ray and DVD on December 6th, 2011

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Review: The Help - Available on Blue- Ray and DVD on December 6th, 2011DreamWorks PG rated movie, The Help, will be out just in time to add it to your shopping list  for this Holiday season on December 6, 2011. This beautiful story, which is available on Blue-Ray ™ Combo-Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On-Demand, will take viewers back to the early 1960’s at the beginning of the integration and the African- American Civil Rights Movement. Specifically focusing on the interaction between African-American maids and their Caucasian employers in the Deep South Mississippi,  the movie, as the book did, beautifully captures the complexity of the time and relationships between people.

While those of us who cherished the book may miss a few of the details that just cannot be included in 138 minute feature film, you will not be disappointing in the beauty of the story’s progression, the amazing casting, the wonderful cinematography and sound. The Blue Ray and DVD both have language and subtitles in English, French Canadian and Spanish.

If you’ve put off watching the movie because you were unsure how characters would be portrayed or the authenticity of the story, do not waste another moment. The Help is truly a gift worth waiting for!

In addition to the feature film the Blue-Ray Combo packs also include some amazing bonus features you will not want to miss.

Bonus Features on the Blue-Ray Combo Packs include:

The Making of the Help: From Friendship to Film – This special feature is a beautiful short film about the friendship and loyalty “that rarely happens in Hollywood” between best friends since the age of five, Kathryn Stockett (Author of  The Help) and Tate Taylor, (Director).

Tate and Kathryn, both raised in Mississippi, not only take viewers on a tour of the Greenwood, Mississippi filming sites, but discuss how their “web of friends” which includes Octavia Spencer (Minnie) and Brunnson Green (Producer), worked together to put together what Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV is calling “One of the Best Films of the Year”.

The short film tells of how Kathryn (author) decided to take a month off just to write on September 10th. She recalls that after the terrorist attacks occurred  how she longed to go  back in time and just sit in her to maid/nanny, Demetri’s, lap as she mourned for the country.  Her writing was inspired as she began asking herself what her maid would have been thinking all those years while working for Kathryn’s family.

Further proving the depth of the  friendship between Stockett and Taylor, after a lengthy stay on the NY Times Best Sellers list, Stockett insists that Tate, who had only directed smaller films up to this point, will direct her film. “You have to have lived here to tell that story”, Stockett states.

The bonus feature film gives you a true sense of the respect the author and director had for the subject matter, the immense love they have for the women who “helped raise them”. Octavia beautifully calls it a “loveletter to Kathryn’s Demitri and Taylor’s Carol”.

– In their own Words: A Tribute to the Maids of Mississippi

A deeply inspiring  interview between Octavia (Minnie) and Tate (director) and some of the former maids who inspired the book Mamie, Shirley, Carrie,  Birdie, and Carol Lee who worked for Tate Taylor’s (director) for many years. If you’ve ever wanted to know the answer to questions like “What did you do every day?” “What were some of the favorite meals that the children that you looked after liked?” “Did you have any dreams of anything you wanted to be?” “How did it make you feel when your mother was away looking after the other children and you were home alone?” “What was it like in the 60’s?” and (the most moving one), asked to the daughters “What is one thing you would like to say to your mother?”, then you should absolutely not miss this DVD special feature.

– Deleted Scenes, with Introductions by Director, Tate Taylor

There are always scenes that need to be cut for time and story progression. However, the beauty of DVD’s is that you get to see many of those amazing deleted scenes. These five scenes paint an even richer story to this already beautiful movie. Its a feature not to be missed.

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