Birth of a Nation (DVD)

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Nate Parker writes, directs and stars in this biographical drama which tells the story of Nat Turner (Parker) as he struggles with a life of slavery in the antebellum South. His owner Samuel (Armie Hammer) takes advantage of Nat's literacy and preaching ability to try and quell the resistance displayed among his other slaves. Nat witnesses brutality and injustice inflicted upon his people and his preaching becomes ever more ardent. But as his passion grows, he becomes more of a problem for the slave owners and is himself brutally whipped. Though he grew up alongside Samuel, Nat has lost all respect for him and those like him and with his patience at an end, he is determined that all slaves shall have justice; and if not justice, vengeance.

Product Details

Barcode
6009707515675
Department
Movies & TV
Released
26 May 2017
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
History
Sub-genre
Drama
Region
Region 2
Year
2017
Language
English
Subtitles
English SDH
Subtitle 2
Portuguese
Subtitle 3
Greek
Sound Format
5.1 Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio
1.78:1
Studio
20Th Century Fox
Extras
  • Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner Documentary(National Geographic Channel)
  • Feature commentary by Nate Parker
  • Gallery
Runtime
115 min
Age Restriction
13PV
Trailer
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Birth of a Nation
Release Year
2016
Running Time
118 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / Epic / Historical / Race Relations / Slavery
US Box Office
$15.0 million
Ratings
IMDb
6.1
Metacritic
69
Synopsis
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.
Poster
Poster for Birth of a Nation
Cast & Crew
Director
Nate Parker
Star
Mark Boone / Colman Domingo / Aunjanue Ellis / Armie Hammer / Nate Parker
Co-Star
Dominic Bogart / Justin Randell Brooke / Alkoya Brunson / Steve Coulter / Dan Cox / Kemuel Crossty / Dane Davenport / Tony Espinosa / Aiden Flowers / Griffin Freeman / Katie Garfield / Chris Greene / Jackie Earle Haley / Kelvin Harrison / Dwight Henry / Courtney Julien / Aja Naomi King / Scott Loeser / David Lord / Andy Martin / Tim McAdams / William Mark McCullough / Penelope Ann Miller / Cullen Moss / Ryan Mulkay / David Andrew Nash / Kai Norris / Gabriela Novogratz / Chike Okonkwo / Chief Olaitan / Jeryl Prescott / Tom Proctor / Brad Schmidt / Allen Scott / Esther Scott / Jayson Warner Smith / Justin M. Smith / Roger Guenveur Smith / Greg Sproles / Hank Stone / Jason Stuart / Todd Terry / Jaye Tyroff / Gabrielle Union / Danny Vinson / Elijah C. Walker / Coletrane Williams
Screenwriter
Nate Parker
Composer
Henry Jackman
Director of Photography
Elliot Davis
Story
Jean McGianni Celestin / Nate Parker
Assistant Director
Tomas Deckaj
Sound
Brandon Proctor / Mac Smith
Sound Re-Recording
Craig Henighan / Zach Martin / Brandon Proctor
Stunt Coordinator
Guss Williams
Set Decorator
Jim Ferrell
Post-Production Supervisor
David McKimmie / Dan Voltz
Visual Effects Designer
Baked FX Visual Effects / Lola/VFX
Special Effects Supervisor
Heath Hood
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"Casting himself turns out to be his best choice as a filmmaker....He delivers a performance here of slow-simmering conviction; we can see the will to resist developing behind Turner’s eyes, a quiet storm building scene by scene."
A.A. Dowd (6 Oct 2016, )
Boston Globe
"THE BIRTH OF A NATION is at its freshest and subtlest observing the social dynamics of the pre-war South..."
Ty Burr (6 Oct 2016, )
Entertainment Weekly
"[A] big, unabashedly ambitious picture, heavy with the weight of history. But its best moments turn out to be the smaller human ones..." -- Grade: B+
Leah Greenblatt (6 Oct 2016, )
New York Times
"[I]t’s admirably difficult, raising thorny questions about ends and means, justice and mercy, and the legacy of racism that lies at the root of our national identity."
A. O. Scott (6 Oct 2016, )
Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] movie of potent provocation and surging humanity that ranks with the year's best."
Peter Travers (4 Oct 2016, )