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The Birth of a Nation [DVD] [2016]

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  • Release Date: 01/10/2017
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (463 out of 475)

    Special Features


    • "Free God" spoken word
    • #AmeriCAN (short film) with optional director commentary
    • Access Digital special features when you redeem your digital HD movie at itunes!:
    • Celebration of independent voices - Nate Parker
    • Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
    • Feature commentary by director Nate Parker
    • Gallery
    • Rise up: the legacy of Nat Turner documentary
    • Shooting script
    • The Birth of a Nation: the making of a movement
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Birth of a Nation
    This historical drama recounts a real-life slave revolt that occurred in 1831 Virginia, led by a black preacher named Nat Turner (Nate Parker). Turner is ordered by his master (Armie Hammer) to tour a number of local plantations, delivering sermons to the other slaves that will urge them against violence and any thoughts of rebellion. However, he is so appalled and sickened by the horrors he sees during his travels that he is eventually moved to fight back against the evils of slavery. Aja Naomi King and Gabrielle Union co-star. Parker wrote, directed, and stars in The Birth of a Nation, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Nate Parker
      Nate Parker - Nat Turner
    • Armie Hammer
      Armie Hammer - Samuel Turner
    • Mark Boone, Jr.
      Mark Boone, Jr. - Reverend Zalthall
    • Colman Domingo
      Colman Domingo - Hark
    • Aunjanue Ellis
      Aunjanue Ellis - Nancy Turner



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 475 reviews

    97%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Missing some facts

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      EdT51
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      Whenever I see a movie that's supposed to be a true story, I look for all the details. The movie left out that his wife and child were sold to another plantation and that plantation was exempt from his killing spree of the slave owners. Plus they showed people all outraged about his uprising, but never told the reason why. If it were men fighting men, it would be a fair fight, but the reality was that he killed 50 white people including 10 children under 16 plus infants in the cribs. His religious bible study led him to believe that he was directed by God to kill all ALL men, women and children, as they did in Canaan.. Plus his original slave owner had died and he was inherited by another member, who was mean. Original owner was treating him well. other than that, it was a good film about slave mistreatment

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An amazing presentation

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      OB1KNOB
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      Those of us who have earnestly studied history, this event in American history has always been a fascinating turning point in the history of slavery in the US. So, watching it portrayed on the big screen, even with the condensed time line, drove home the importance of this film for all Americans to see. This event was the motivation for the beginning of the most restrictive ordinances to exercise absolute control of African American slaves that later were revived to be the base of the Jim Crow laws of the post civil war. The film gives us a vivid look into the life on a plantation, not unlike 12 Years a Slave, which was one of privation and often of sadistic degradation. On a different line, I was overjoyed that this production took the title it did and reclaimed something from a period of our history that was very dark and a film that was nothing more than propaganda for the KKK.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Masterful Portrayal

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      Redz
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      This was an amazing movie, Nate Parker did a wonderful job in his portrayal of Nat Turner. I can only imagine what "the real slaves"endured at the hands of their white masters. Every person should watch this movie and see the horrows of slavery. If you don't feel a sense of sympathy for the slaves you have no heart or soul.This is a wonderful powerful movie. Very nicely done. Tells the history that has been hidden about Nat Turner and his revolt. The quality of the movie is very high and the performances are powerful. You can feel the the pain of the African people as they were suffering at the hands of the dominant society and how that pain allowed them to rise up to defend themselves. This is the anti-slave movie and its a shame the media sought to bury this movie.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Greatness brought down by the past

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      Chitowncynic
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      I will omit any statements on the allegations against star, director Nate Parker and will just say this is a very well done film. The acting is on par with great films of the past. The sad times that are represented in this film need to have the spotlight shown upon them. Also I'd like to mention that most Blu Rays come with a slip cover, but every once in awhile you get a slip cover that contains a flip open case with additional artwork on it. In the past such cases graced every season of Vikings and most recently on The Revenant. Don't pay attention to the allegations, this is a well done film and should be honored for that alone.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Nothing that hasnt been seen before

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      ATLFusion
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      The movie was very good but its nothing new that we have not seen before in other tellings of life during slavery times. I will say the movie moved a lil fast thru some scenes and didnt give you a lot of depth to some of its characters. I understand that trying to bring a actual character to screen without much source material can be challenging. But would have loved to see more into the lives of some characters. Also its worth a look at how things could have changed for this country by the acts of the people in the film trying to overcome oppression. Still gives a sense of the struggles my ancestors had to go thru.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Needed telling of an Important Story

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      Mike
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      This is a very good movie, though bracing difficult to watch, most of the time. Its portrayal of the subtle undertones of slavery's oppression in daily life creeps up on the viewer until at some point of aggregation one is suddenly aware of the terrible weight borne by slaves, but also by the slavers; who live with an ever-present fear that some great slave revolt will eventually flare, and this fear prevents any true acknowledgment of shared humanity between the races. This story is an important signpost for contemporary Americans of all backgrounds who fit and question the state of Law and Race Relations today....

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Great Story About A Liberator for Freedom

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      rruiz138
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      This is a movie about the life of a slave named Nat Turner. He's born and raised a slave that was gifted to read. He was only taught the Bible and was restricted to read certain sections of the Bible by his oppressors. After realizing the Bible contradicts their bondage and through other tribulations, Nat Turner leads a slave revolt that lasted for only a few days. Once the short-lived rebellion ended, he was captured and sentenced to hang. The Nat Turner Slave Revolt, not mentioned enough in American history, was one of many rebellions that started the battle to end slavery.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Birth of A Nation 2016:Horrors of 19th century Sla

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      ABJF
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      The movie Birth of A Nation:2016 (not to be confused with D,W.. Giffith's 1915 famous ---some would say infamous silent film "Birth of A Nation") is Nate Parker's view of an actual historical event in American history---slave Nat Turner's 1831 slave rebellion. Nate Parker wrote the screenplay, directed, and stars in the movie as Nat Turner. I do recommend this move but I would more highly recommend the 2013 award winning movie Twelve Years A Slave (also based on an actual event in pre-Civil War America).

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