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Invictus (2009)

Director: Clint Eastwood     Starring: Matt Damon Morgan Freeman
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Format: DVD
Sku: 214939019
UPC: 883929060948
UPC 14: 00883929060948
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His People Needed A Leader. He Gave Them A Champion.
Nelson mandela, in his first term as the south african president, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 rugby world cup.

"It's an exciting sports movie, an inspiring tale of prejudice overcome and, above all, a fascinating study of political leadership.  A.O. Scott, The New York Times
"A win-win situation in which a mainstream feature works equally well as stirring entertainment and a history lesson...  Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"This movie depicts an unlikely intersection of sports and leadership in ways that manage to be inspiring and insightful without ever becoming schmaltzy or preachy  Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Editor's Note
After both Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman walked away with Oscars after their last collaboration, MILLION DOLLAR BABY, the celebrated pair reteams for this drama based on a true story. Freeman stars as Nelson Mandela, who has just been elected president of South Africa. To bring his country together, Mandela brings the South African rugby team and its captain (Matt Damon) to the forefront as the players try to win a world championship.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/8/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 133 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00883929060948
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Invictus - DVD Review
By: Fitz Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 5/18/2010 4:17 PM
What do you get when you combine Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, and Clint Eastwood? A great, inspiring movie that somehow didn't manage to capture much of an audience? No way! But somehow Invictus, though nominated for two Oscars, managed to only earn about $122 million worldwide. Not a great take considering the $60 million budget. Even Gran Torino, Eastwood's film in 2008, made more than twice that worldwide on a smaller budget. That shouldn't stop everybody from enjoying this great movie on DVD however....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood
Video Cast Info Matt Damon
Video Cast Info Morgan Freeman
Video Cast Info Gary Barber - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Morgan Freeman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Roger Birnbaum - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info John Carlin - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Tim Moore - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mace Neufeld - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Lorenz - Producer
Video Cast Info Lori McCreary - Producer
Video Cast Info Anthony Peckham - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Clint Eastwood - Director

Awards


Image Award (2010)
   Video Award Name Anthony Peckham, Nominee, Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)

Golden Globe (2010)
   Video Award Name Clint Eastwood, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture

Image Award (2010)
   Video Award Name Invictus, Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture

Screen Actors Guild (2010)
   Video Award Name Matt Damon, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Oscar (2010)
   Video Award Name Matt Damon, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Golden Globe (2010)
   Video Award Name Matt Damon, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Image Award (2010)
Video Award Name Morgan Freeman, Winner, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Screen Actors Guild (2010)
   Video Award Name Morgan Freeman, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Oscar (2010)
   Video Award Name Morgan Freeman, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Golden Globe (2010)
   Video Award Name Morgan Freeman, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Professional Reviews

Variety
"[A] very good story very well told....Every scene brims with surprising details that accumulate into a rich fabric of history, cultural impressions and emotion." 11/27/2009

Hollywood Reporter
"Nothing speaks so dramatically about Clint Eastwood's recent and remarkable burst of creativity as a director of awards-worthy films than the appearance of INVICTUS..." 11/27/2009

Box Office Magazine
3 stars out of 5 -- "INVICTUS is a salubrious amalgam of history and sports suitable for family viewing." 12/01/2009

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Eastwood's modest approach to these momentous events shames the usual Hollywood showboating....He's made a film that truly is good for the soul." 12/24/2009

Entertainment Weekly
"Freeman lets the words breathe, and Damon, as the cautious Afrikaner brought to a higher place by Mandela's authority, acts with a coolly impassive fervor." -- Grade: B 12/18/2009

USA Today
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Director Clint Eastwood cleverly fuses a political tale and a sports story and serves fact-based inspiration....[With] two stellar performances and a story that stirs hearts and intrigues minds." 12/11/2009

Los Angeles Times
"[T]he director has turned out a stirring drama about South African leader Nelson Mandela, blending entertainment, social message and history lesson..." 12/11/2009

Wall Street Journal
"[Featuring] the convergence of a great actor and a great character. Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela is lie a virtuoso playing Bach on a Stradivarius while moving serenely around the room." 12/11/2009

New York Times
"[A] rousing true story of athletic triumph....An absorbing character study of one of the most extraordinary characters of our time..." 12/11/2009

Washington Post
3 stars out of 4 -- "[Damon] has become the most unlikely Hollywood rarity: a character actor with a matinee-idol face." 12/11/2009

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Though Freeman's voice is deeper than Mandela's, he catches the former President's cadences exactly..." 01/15/2009

Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "Eastwood maintains momentum....[He] perhaps encourages many to want to learn more about what happened either side of this glorious moment, expertly brought to life again." 01/26/2010

Empire
3 stars out of 5 -- "[N]oble, elegant, warm-hearted and dedicated to Anthony Peckham's solidly faithful adaptation of John Carlin's book." 01/29/2010

Premiere
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Based on the real events that transpired in South Africa in the early and mid-90s this is another solid offering from Hollywood's most consistent director, Clint Eastwood." 05/18/2010

ReelViews 7 of 10
With the election of Barack Obama, we have apparently entered a kinder, gentler world in which films about racial harmony and goodwill to all men are becoming commonplace (at least during awards season). How else to explain the presence of both The Blind Side and Invictus within the first year of Obama's term? Both are transparent Oscar bait - they are inspirational and earnest, but each preaches a little too loudly. That's one of two problems with Invictus: it makes its point early about the power of sports as a force of unification then beats us over the head by repeating that idea ad nauseam. The second issue is that the movie is poorly edited; the inclusion of too much extraneous material adds about 20 minutes to the length and results in parts of the story feeling unfocused. Still, the overall experience is uplifting and enjoyable. History has pre-determined the outcome but, flaws aside, Eastwood has crafted something that works both as a sports drama and as an examination of the birth pains of the racially unified South Africa...There's no debating that the message of Invictus is worthy, but there are times when its repetition elevates it to a level that's almost sanctimonious. Eastwood goes overboard in depicting the unifying power of sports. The most cloying example is a little black boy who hangs around a taxi to hear the broadcast of the game on the car radio. At first, the white driver tries to shoo him away. By the end of the game, they are celebrating together. The point has been adequately made without this additional, pointless display of theatrics...If these criticisms seem a bit harsh, it's because the movie had the potential to be one of the truly great inspirational sports movies. Although its flaws keep it from achieving that level, it's still a strong piece of mass market filmmaking. The message is undeniably positive, there are enough details about the difficulties faced by Mandela to recall how divisive a time it was in South Africa, and everything builds to the kind of rousing climax that a sports movie demands. Invictus is engaging enough that it's easy to forgive, if not overlook, its problems. Like The Blind Side, it offers a more hopeful view of humanity than something like 2012. Frank Capra would be pleased. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Morgan Freeman has been linked to one biopic of Nelson Mandela or another for at least 10 years. Strange that the only one to be made centers on the South African rugby team. The posters for Clint Eastwood's Invictus feature Matt Damon in the foreground, with Freeman looming behind him in shadowy nobility. I can imagine the marketing meetings during which it was lamented that few Americans care much about about Mandela and that Matt Damon appeals to a younger demographic...Screw 'em, is what I would have contributed. The achievement of Nelson Mandela is one of the few shining moments in recent history. Here is a man who was released after 24 years of breaking rocks in prison and sleeping on the floor to assume leadership of the nation that jailed him. His personal forgiveness of white South Africa was the beacon that illuminated that nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, one of the very few examples in history of people who really had much to forgive, and forgave it. Let us not forget that both black and white had reasons to grieve, and reasons to forgive, and that in many cases they were facing the actual murderers of their loved ones...It is a very good film. It has moments evoking great emotion, as when the black and white members of the presidential security detail (hard-line ANC activists and Afrikaner cops) agree with excruciating difficulty to serve together. And when Damon's character -- Francois Pienaar, as the team captain -- is shown the cell where Mandela was held for those long years on Robben Island. My wife, Chaz, and I were taken to the island early one morning by Ahmed Kathrada, one of Mandela's fellow prisoners, and yes, the movie shows his very cell, with the thin blankets on the floor. You regard that cell and you think, here a great man waited in faith for his rendezvous with history...Freeman does a splendid job of evoking the man Nelson Mandela, who is as much a secular saint as Gandhi (who led his first campaign in Durban, South Africa). He shows him as genial, confident, calming -- over what was clearly a core of tempered steel. The focus is on his early time in office. I believe there may be one scene with a woman representing Winnie Mandela, but the dialogue is vague. Damon is effective at playing the captain, Francois Pienaar, an Afrikaner, child of racist parents, transformed by his contact with "the greatest man I've ever met." Clint Eastwood, a master director, orchestrates all of these notes and has us loving Mandela, proud of Francois and cheering for the plucky Springboks. A great entertainment. Not, as I said, the Mandela biopic I would have expected. - Roger Ebert

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