Beloved

Beloved

DVD - 1999?
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After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved". Sethe & Denver take her in and then strange things start to happen.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Touchstone Home Video, [1999?]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780788815478
0788815474
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (171 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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May 11, 2015

Oprah tried but a lot of the things in the novel--the magic, time warps/changes--just didn't come across very well in the movie.

voisjoe1 Jul 20, 2014

When this film came out, I chose not to see it as I was in the midst of reading the novel. I didn’t finish reading it, but started over and finished reading it a few months ago. The novel is a difficult read, but that is true of many masterpieces of literature. But reading it made the film easier to understand. This film concentrates on ex-slaves trying to live free after being freed by the Emancipation Proclamation and the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment. The film flashbacks to the slave period where we see a mass hanging and torture and we see the great physical scars on the backs of slaves from their massive whippings. I think that this film was just a little too tough for the aged white Oscar members to nominate it for best film of the year in 1999. It would take another 15 years when 12 Years a Slave won the best film award. The Oscar membership is now just a bit less white (skin color and/or attitude) than what it was back in 1999, so if it came out today, I am confident that it would at least see quite a few Oscar nominations. Some film-goers will mis-perceive the magical realism developed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and used by Toni Morrison as horror.

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ScottFamily
Jan 04, 2014

This DVD has a lot of scratches on it and therefore I could not watch it.

It would skip over entire sections and also freeze.

I hope someone looks this over when I return it tomorrow.

lasertravis Mar 12, 2013

This movie was all over the place. A black post slavery period piece/ghost/horror movie with odd romantic interests. Well acted, but the thing felt LONG and dragged with a high WTF factor. I felt lost quite a bit and disinterested often. Gutted my way through to the end, which spared it the coveted 1/2 star rating.

JSx Jan 31, 2013

Although this movie wasn't a huge success by Oprah standards, don't let that stop you from seeing this. I found it highly emotional and I'm a white boy from the East. lol

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